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Las Vegas Professional Baseball History

Las Vegas Professional Baseball History

The Las Vegas Triple-A franchise was not the first pro baseball franchise to come to Las Vegas. Professional baseball took root in Southern Nevada in the spring of 1947 and the population of the city was under 20,000. The Sunset League was formed in 1947 and the Las Vegas Wranglers became the first professional baseball team to play in the city. The league was comprised of teams from Anaheim, Reno, Riverside, Ontario and El Centro. A few years later, the league expanded with teams from Arizona and Mexico. Las Vegas played in the Sunset League from 1947-50.

The Wranglers played exhibition games in Boulder City and Henderson and made their debut in Las Vegas on April 14, 1947 when they concluded spring training at the New Youth Town Park in Sunrise Acres. The home opener was on April 25, 1947 around the site of the Dula Community Center. The Wranglers defeated the Reno Silver Sox, 5-2, before a crowd of 2,000 that fought harsh dust and wind, according to newspaper reports.

The original Cashman Field in the new Elks Stadium was planned for the 1948 season. The Wranglers debuted at "the original" Cashman Field, which up until that time had been used for football and rodeos, on May 21, 1948. Las Vegas defeated Reno, 10-7, before a crowd of 1,515. In 1949, Las Vegas captured the Sunset League title with an 88-39 regular season record. In 1951, the Sunset League combined with the Arizona-Texas League to form a 10-team Southwest International League. Following one season, the league split again. In 1953, the Sunset League as well as the Wranglers folded.

Five years later, in 1957, Las Vegas joined the Arizona-Mexico League and played one season. In 1958, the San Jose Pirates of the California League moved to the city on May 26 and the L.V. Pirates played the remainder of the season.

From 1959-82, Las Vegas was without a professional baseball team until the Spokane, Washington franchise relocated to Las Vegas to begin the 1983 Pacific Coast League season.