Baseball on the Prairie

Baseball on the Prairie

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At the close of the nineteenth century, railroad expansion in Texas at once shrank the state and expanded opportunities, including that of Texas League Baseball. Previously, the major cities monopolized Texas minor-league ball, but with the rails came small-town teams without which the league may have floundered. Sherman, Denison, Paris, Corsicana, Cleburne, Greenville and Temple teams produced some of the Texas Leaguea€™s greatest players and provided unprecedented statewide interest. The 1902 Corsicana Oil Citys was one of the most successful teams of the time, claiming the second-best winning percentage and baseballa€™s most lopsided victory, 51a€“3 over Texarkanaa€™s Casketmakers. In its only year in the league, Cleburne won the league championship and team owner Doak Roberts discovered the great Tris Speaker. Kris Rutherford pieces together the Texas Leaguea€™s early days and the people and towns that made this centuries-old institution possible.Railroad companies took some lines out of service for the wara#39;s duration, but construction and repairs resumed after the South surrendered. The HTC led the way, continuing northward and reaching Corsicana by 1871. Two years later, the anbsp;...

Title:Baseball on the Prairie
Author:Kris Rutherford
Publisher:The History Press - 2014-04-01


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