League Texas History
The next season, the West Dixie League took the name East Texas League, and the first season of the East Texas League ended July 19. The league returned in the summer of 1934, when the Lone Star League changed its name to East-West-East-West League and then returned to its original name when it changed. In 1937 he was named again, this time by the Cotton League. In 1938, after the death of its first owner, John L. "Buck" Smith, it returned under the name Cotton States League for the next three seasons, until its final season in 1939. This next edition would be made up of the Texas Rangers, Texas A & M University and Texas State College of Texas.
The Gulf States League changed its name to Lone Star League the following year, but was blown out of the water in 1937 when a hurricane hit Cabiness Field in Corpus Christi, leading to a canceled championship series. The Texas League was a divided league, with northern cities retaining the name "Texas League" and southern cities using the nickname "South Texas League." During a period of the Great Depression, the league became both the Dixie and the West Dixieland League, changing its name twice: the League of Texas Municipal Communities changed its name from the Texas Municipal League and then changed it back to its original name.
In 1959, the team was renamed the Dallas Rangers and later left the Texas League for the Pacific Coast League. The Steers played their home games at El Paso Dudley Dome, a former West Dixieland League stadium that was abandoned in 1994. Cohen Stadium, built in the late 1980s, has been the site of Texas League games since it opened in 1999.
New Orleans put up a backup team late in the first season, but the charter franchise is still in New Orleans, the only charter city still in a league in 1990. Most major cities in the state have franchise rights to the Texas League since the league was founded, with the exception of San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi and Houston.
The current version of the league, officially called Texas League Professional Baseball Clubs, consists of four major cities: Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Austin and Houston. The thirteen cities in the state that participate in the Texas League also participate in numerous other minor leagues where they are cumulatively associated with numerous other major cities in the league. Robstown is now part of an independent American association, and Rio Grande Valley, once a city of Major League Baseball, is now experiencing a revival in the United League of Professional Baseball.
League City is a city in northwestern Galveston County, home to the Houston Astros of the Texas League Professional Baseball League. League City was the first Major League Baseball team in Texas and the only one of its kind in the United States.
The Texas League, founded in 1888, is the most famous of the unbroken circuits, and League City is home to the Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars and San Antonio Stars. The league, which has been classified as Class B for much of its history, also included teams in the American League and American Association, as well as the National League.
If the East Texas League were to restart, it would only do so if minor league baseball conditions in the 1950s and 1960s were very bad, as it is now a distant memory. The West Texas - New Mexico League ruled and was by far the most stable organization in the West - Texas.
The first organized league fielded teams in 1910, 1911 and 1931 and had a two-year run before being converted to the Gulf Coast League. In 1923, six cities formed the second edition of the East Texas League, which none of the previous leagues participated in. During World War II, the Texas league operated for three seasons, but then suspended play and did not return to force for the next three years because of the war.
The city, now with 500 inhabitants, was regularly served by the Galveston-Houston Electric Railroad, the so-called Interurban. The league created a new city in the early 1930s, with the arrival of the Galvest on the Houston and Henderson Railroads, which brought new families to the country and helped the area grow.
The Oilers and the Casket Makers were among dozens of Texas League teams that were founded, relocated, disbanded or forgotten over the years. El Paso and Plainview replaced Borger and Lamesa at the bottom of the league, respectively, and the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, two of the most successful teams in professional baseball, have been steady throughout their tenure.
The forerunner of the Big State League was the Texas League, a division of the American Association of Professional Baseball in Texas. The organization introduced the first professional baseball teams in Texas as well as a number of lower league teams.