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Lefty, Don't Leave Us! 

Yes, it’s true, the great hofbrau that is known to native San Franciscans as Lefty O’Doul’s, on Union Square, is moving out soon. Yes. It’s due to a rent hike. 543 more words

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Midland Makes History

The Midland RockHounds defeated the Northwest Arkansas Naturals three games to one in the Texas League Championship Series in September. The RockHounds victory hardly came as a shock despite the fact the team finished the season’s second half seven games behind the Corpus Christi Hooks. 1,048 more words

On the prowl for Eugene Burns

Several months ago, I received a call from Tim Newman in Austin, a local baseball historian with an interest in the early Texas League. Tim was hoping I had some information on Gene Burns, a pitcher he had found played for Paris in 1902. 712 more words

“Hick” Munsell:  What a Difference a Year Makes

When Emmett Eugene Munsell arrived in Texas from his home state of Missouri in 1908, the fifth of ten children of an Ohio-born lawyer, the 19-year-old right-handed pitcher had big dreams of a future in baseball. 857 more words

Texas League

Ardmore--Yep, the Oklahoma community hosted a Texas League team, twice.

Ardmorites, Ardmorians, or Ardmoraniacs—Whatever you might call a native of Ardmore, Oklahoma, “dishonest” is not a word that comes to mind. So, when someone from Ardmore tells you their city hosted the team holding the worst home winning percentage of any team in professional baseball history, accept them at their word. 972 more words

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The Serviceable Bill Kemmer

When William Edward Kemmerer left his home state of Pennsylvania in 1893, the 19-year-old ballplayer headed west to Kansas where a career in professional baseball awaited.  888 more words

Texas League

Mama Always said, “Don’t Play Ball on Sunday”


In the early 20th century, baseball players were anything but role models mothers wanted their children to idolize. Mothers regarded them as a rough-and-tumble bunch; men who would rather play a senseless game than work for a living. 2,007 more words

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