Baseball in the Lone Star State: The Texas League's Greatest Hits

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In short episodic chapters, Kayser and King create a history of this storied minor league, providing a broad picture of the shifting character of baseball operations over the past century or so. Portrayed are the many and varied and often colorful owners, managers, and players who did so much to give this league a powerful place in Texas culture.

Accompanying the text are dozens of B&W photos, dating to the founding of the league, and an ...

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Baseball in the Lone Star State: The Texas League's Greatest Hits

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Overview

In short episodic chapters, Kayser and King create a history of this storied minor league, providing a broad picture of the shifting character of baseball operations over the past century or so. Portrayed are the many and varied and often colorful owners, managers, and players who did so much to give this league a powerful place in Texas culture.

Accompanying the text are dozens of B&W photos, dating to the founding of the league, and an appendix of baseball statistics, essential information for the true aficionado.

With nine teams in states from Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma, the Texas League has brought America's favorite sport to local fans for more than 100 summers. This book chronicles those games, their players, and will delight the legions of diehard fans of teams like the San Antonio Missions or El Paso Diablos or the Midland Rock Hounds who devotedly cheer loudly and boo lustily.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595340139
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Kayser and David King Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada):

David King is a sports writer at the San Antonio Express-News, covering topics from baseball to the Olympics. He has won national and state awards for sports and enterprise reporting, and his weekly Baseball Beat page is a summertime favorite in the Express-News. He is the author of San Antonio at Bat: Professional Baseball in the Alamo City. He lives in New Braunfels, Texas.

Tom Kayser is president of the Texas League. He has had a lifelong career in baseball, beginning with the Eastern League in 1976. Along the way, he has worked with the Berkshire Brewers, Holyoke Millers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and Calgary Cannons. He lives in San Antonio.

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Table of Contents

1 Opening day 11
2 John McCloskey 13
3 Jess Derrick and Lefty Hamilton 17
4 The 19-run inning 19
5 Bill Kemmer 23
6 Corsicana 51, Texarkana 3 25
7 Sis Bateman 29
8 Jack Huffmeister 32
9 Hickory Dickson and Rick Adams 34
10 Austin 44, San Antonio 0 38
11 Harry Ables 41
12 The 49-minute game 45
13 The 1914 season 48
14 The dixie series 55
15 Ike Boone 60
16 Jake Atz and Paul LaGrave 63
17 The spudders 68
18 Night baseball 73
19 Gene Rye 76
20 Dizzy Dean 79
21 Ed Cole and Dave Wilhelmi 84
22 All-star games 88
23 Hank Oana 95
24 The 1942 playoffs 97
25 Bobby Bragan 101
26 Opening day, 1950 105
27 Bill Ruggles 108
28 Rex Barney 110
29 Bob Turley 113
30 Dave Hoskins 119
31 Joe Pignatano 124
32 Billy Muffett 126
33 Ken Guettler 128
34 Charlie Gorin 132
35 Billy Williams 134
36 Danilo Rivas 137
37 Larry Maxie 140
38 Jerry Hummitzsch 142
39 The bullets 145
40 Chuck Hartenstein 149
41 Pat House 152
42 Joe Medwick 154
43 El Paso and the 10-run game 157
44 Greg Arnold 159
45 Tom Walker 162
46 Jim Paul 167
47 Bill Valentine 170
48 Dave Righetti 173
49 Mike Remlinger 176
50 El Paso 35, Beaumont 21 178
51 The 1994 miracle 181
52 San Antonio 1, Jackson 0, 26 innings 184
53 Ron Roenicke 187
54 Tyrone Horne 193
55 Alex Cabrera and Frank Howard 196
56 Eric Gagne 199
57 The express 202
58 On a mission 206
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