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Class of 2014

2014 Texas League Hall of Fame Selections

At the meeting of the Texas League Board of Directors on June 24th at Little Rock, the following eight men were elected to the Texas League Hall of Fame.

The Texas League began recognizing special achievements by league members with the election of 40 men to the initial Hall of Fame class at the All Star game meeting at Midland, TX in June, 2004. The members of the 2014 class increase the membership to the TL Hall to 121.

Those honored with membership in the Texas League Hall of Fame are a wide ranging group, including former players, executives, owners, umpires, broadcasters and groundskeepers.

A complete list of the current membership in the Texas League Hall of Fame may be found in the Texas League web site at texas-league.com in the history section.

John Bischoff, Catcher

Bischoff was likely the finest hitting catcher in the early years of the Texas League. In eight complete seasons in the league, 1921-24 and 1927-30, Bischoff had a career batting average .301, amassing 789 hits in 2618 at-bats. The 5' 7", 140 pound native of Edwardsville, Illinois, possessed uncommon speed for a catcher, particularly in his earlier seasons in the loop, collecting 19 triples and 46 stolen bases in his first three seasons while at Wichita Falls. He also had a keen eye at the plate, walking more times than he struck out in his TL career. A fine defensive backstop, Bischoff led the league in fielding percentage in 1924 while with the league champion Fort Worth Panthers and in total chances in 1922 with Wichita Falls. In addition to being a member of the 1924 championship Fort Worth club, Bischoff was with the 1929 pennant winning Dallas Steers.

Jim Elder, Broadcaster

A former minor league umpire, Jim Elder began his career as a broadcaster in 1960 with the Little Rock Travelers as a statistician and side-kick to play-by-play man Bud Campbell. When Campbell moved to another station in 1965, Elder became the voice of the Travelers through the 1993 season, except in 1970, when he was the Trav's concessions manager. One of the league's longest serving broadcasters, Elder was probably the last to do road games by ticker tape recreation from a studio in Little Rock. Elder developed a range of sound effects that he used during his recreations that he continued to do well into the 1980's. Elder's radio career with the Travelers spanned 34 years, 27 of them after the club joined the Texas League in 1966.

Mark Howie, Third Base, First Base

Mark Howie was a career .330 hitter in three Texas League seasons. However, it was Howie's final season in the league, in 1991, during which he truly excelled. Playing in 130 games that year, the right-hand hitter produced a league-leading .364 batting average, with 123 RBI, driving in runs at a rate of nearly one a game. In addition to leading the league in batting average in 1991 with the second highest Texas League mark since 1959, Howie also led the loop with 136 singles and 188 total hits. The Louisiana was a participant in the 1991 All Star game, hitting clean-up and collecting two of the five hits the West squads had in the game. Howie was named the MVP of the initial Double A All Star Game in 1991. He was also elected to the Texas League's post-season all star team following the 1991 season.

J. Con Maloney, Owner

A loyal and supportive member of the Texas League, Con Maloney purchased the Jackson franchise from the New York Mets in 1982, remaining the majority owner of the club until 1998, when he sold the team to Ryan-Sanders Baseball. Con continued as a minority owner of the club through 1999, then after its move to Round Rock through the 2004 season, amassing a total of 24 years in the loop. A respected voice among league owners, Maloney, who had been a state senator in Mississippi, served as the interim president of the league in 1990 and 1991 after the death of Carl Sawatski, as well as on a number of important Double A and Minor League Baseball boards and committees. During his stewardship of the Jackson Mets and later the Generals, his club was in post-season play 10 times, reaching the championship series eight times, while winning four Texas League titles.

Taylor Moore, Owner

Taylor Moore purchased a minority share of the Shreveport club in 1974, becoming the majority owner of the team in 1976, a stake he held until 1999, when the Captains were sold to Mandalay Baseball, effectively running the franchise for 26 years. During his tenure, Moore worked with the city of Shreveport to build what would become the first modern park in the league in more than a generation. The facility, Fairgrounds Field, was designed with a modern television studio that allowed the club to have a regular slate of games broadcast locally for many years. The studio also served as the location for the production of local sports shows, as well as for the production of local advertising and other local sporting events. A member of various Texas League, Double A and Minor League boards and committees during his tenure, Moore's club's reached the championship series five times, winning the Texas League title three times.

Al Papai, Pitcher

A Texas League workhorse and one of the best pitchers of his generation, Papai amassed a 103-66 record over six full seasons that included three seasons during which the 6' 3" right-hander won more than 20 games. His initial season in the loop in 1947 saw the 30-year-old post a 21-10 record, with a league leading 27 complete games. Three seasons later, Papai returned to Houston and was even better, leading the loop with a 23-9 record, and, again, with 22 complete games. After leading Houston to league titles in 1947 and 1951, Papai finished his career with clubs that were, at best, mediocre. Yet in 1955, on an Oklahoma City club that would finish 70-90, he had one of his finest seasons at the age of 38. While the Indians struggled through the season, Papai sparkled, producing a 23-7 record, with a 2.65 ERA. Noted for completing what he started, the Illinois native had 117 complete games in the more than 180 games that he started in his six full seasons in the Texas League. Papai was also a workhorse in post-season play, particularly in 1947 when he helped lead the Buffs to a Dixie Series title, going 4-1 in three post-season series, including 2-0 in Houston's six game Dixie series win over Mobile.

Albie Pearson, Outfielder

A diminutive and speedy center fielder, the 5'5" Pearson had one of the finest single Texas League seasons of his era. In addition to leading the loop with a .371 average, Pearson crafted a league best .456 on-base percentage, adding 75 walks to the 178 hits he gathered in just 122 games. More than just a contact hitter, Pearson had 42 extra base hits in his 480 at-bats in 1956, while he struck out just 33 times. A wide ranging fielder, Pearson also had a strong arm, leading all outfielders in '56 with 21 assists. Pearson would go on to a successful career with the Los Angeles Angels after winning the American League Rookie of the Year with the Washington Senators in 1958.

Anthony Young, Pitcher

A 38th round draft pick by the New York Mets in 1987, three years later, Anthony Young produced one on the most dominant seasons by a Texas League pitcher in recent league history. A post-season all star and the 1990 Texas League Pitcher of the Year, Young led the loop in wins with 15, winning percentage with a .833 mark and a 1.65 ERA, which was 62 points lower than the pitcher directly behind him. Young's ERA in 1990 was the lowest in the League since Fort Worth's Johnny Van Cuyk posted a 1.42 average in 1946 and remains the 8th lowest ERA to lead the league since the statistic began being published in 1916.
 

List of Current Members of the Texas League Hall of Fame


Harry Ables - Pitcher/Executive

Though he never won 20 games in any one of his five full seasons in the Texas League, Harry Ables still accomplished feats that more than 100 years later, have never been equaled in league play. While completing a 80-52 record with Dallas and San Antonio from 1905 through 1910, Ables pitched a number of legendary games, led by his 10 consecutive strikeouts that opened a 4-2 win over Dallas in 1910. Among his other accomplishments in 1910: a 14-inning, 19-strikeout win in which he did not allow a hit until the10th inning and a seven-inning, 1-0 no-hitter over Waco on September 4. During his rookie season, Ables pitched a pair of double headers with results that test credulity. On July 4, 1905, pitching for Dallas, he split a doubleheader versus Waco, winning the opener 3-0 and losing a one-hitter, 1-0 in the second contest, allowing just five total hits in the two games. On July 30, Ables swept a double header from Fort Worth, winning both, 6-0 and 8-0, tossing a one-hitter in the opener and a four hitter in the second game, again, allowing just five hits over 18 shutout innings. Following his playing career, Ables returned to the San Antonio club as their president from 1925 to 1928. As a promotional stunt in both 1925 and 1926, Ables took the mound for his club, losing in '25, but pitching five innings, while winning the next year, allowing just one hit in four innings at the age of 42.

Roy Acuff - Broadcaster

The dean of Texas League broadcasters, Acuff is the longest serving play-by-play man in the long history of the league, with 26 seasons behind the microphone, 25 consecutive in San Antonio. A native of Mineral Wells, Texas, Acuff began his Texas League career with the league champion Victoria Toros in 1974 during their lone season in the league. He returned to the loop in 1988, joining San Antonio after the club was purchased by Dave Elmore. Over his long career in the league, Acuff has called the action for more than 3,000 games, including four Texas League All-Star games and seven league-championship series, five of which were won by San Antonio.

Roberto Alomar - Player

Alomar, a speedy, good hitting and a smooth fielding infielder who helped lead Wichita to a championship in their first season in the league. Playing both second base and shortstop, Alomar led all shortstops with 167 put outs in 113 games at that position. Alomar went on to have a long career in the Major Leagues, being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Jake Atz - Manager

The manager with most seasons (21) and wins (1,566) in league history. He guided the Fort Worth Panthers for 16 consecutive seasons (13 complete). During that period Fort Worth had their record breaking run of pennants and first place finishes from 1919 through 1925. He led the Panthers to 109 victories in both 1922 and 1924. His clubs won Dixie Series championships in five of the six in which they competed. Atz also led four other TL, clubs, Dallas in 1930, Shreveport in 1931, Tulsa in 1934 and Galveston in 1936.

Lee Ballanfant - Umpire

After a leg injury shortened a promising playing career, Lee Balanfant turned to umpiring, joining the Texas League staff in 1929. The Waco native spent seven seasons in the loop, then went directly to the National League in 1936. His 22-year Major League career lasted until 1958 and included a span of 11 ½ years during which Ballenfant did not miss an inning. Only 5' 8", Ballanfant used his quickness to develop a reputation for always being in the proper position to make a call.

Sis Bateman - Pitcher/Player

Bateman played just a single year in the Texas League, but it may be one of the most notable seasons in league annals. Playing the outfield when not pitching for Paris and Waco in 1903, Bateman led the league in hitting, home runs, triples and total hits. On the mound he was 18-15, completing 32 of 34 starts. In May, he became the second player in league history to hit four home runs in a single game. In July he tossed a 7-0 no-hitter versus Fort Worth. These were truly amazing accomplishments for player in a single season.

Carroll Beringer - Pitcher

Beringer was a jack-of-all-trades workhorse, over nine seasons for Fort Worth and Victoria between 1949 and 1959. He performed consistently well, both in relief and as a starter, saving his best for his final league season when went 19-5, with 18 complete games for Victoria in 1959, earning the league's Pitcher of the Year Award. Beringer, who settled in Fort Worth, is third, all-time, in the Texas League in career winning percentage (94-50, .635) and 10th in career ERA (2.97).

John Bischoff - Player

Bischoff was likely the finest hitting catcher in the early years of the Texas League. In eight complete seasons in the league, 1921-24 and 1927-30, Bischoff had a career batting average .301, amassing 789 hits in 2618 at-bats. The 5' 7", 140 pound native of Edwardsville, Illinois, possessed uncommon speed for a catcher, particularly in his earlier seasons in the loop, collecting 19 triples and 46 stolen bases in his first three seasons while at Wichita Falls. He also had a keen eye at the plate, walking more times than he struck out in his TL career. A fine defensive backstop, Bischoff led the league in fielding percentage in 1924 while with the league champion Fort Worth Panthers and in total chances in 1922 with Wichita Falls. In addition to being a member of the 1924 championship Fort Worth club, Bischoff was with the 1929 pennant winning Dallas Steers.

Joe Bonowitz - Player

He played six complete years in the Texas League, compiling a career batting average of .313, seventh highest in league history. He was one of the greatest defensive outfielders in league history, leading his position in fielding percentage in five consecutive seasons, centerfield in 1926 and left field, 1927-30. He also led center fielders in chances in 1925 and left fielders in 1929 and 1930. Bonowitz was also one of the toughest men to strike out in the league, whiffing just 154 times in 3,401 at-bats in six seasons.He was a 10-year league veteran with four clubs (Beaumont 1946-47; Tulsa 1947-51; Dallas 1951; Oklahoma City 1952-55). He led the league in RBI's four times, while driving in 100 or more runs in six of his seven full seasons in the loop. He led the league in homers once, hitting 20 or more in a season five times.

Henry "Zeke" Bonura - Player

Bonura had two outstanding seasons for Dallas, hitting a combined .340 with 221 RBI, 242 runs scored and 203 walks. Bonura was also an outstanding fielder, leading first baseman in fielding both years and in total chances in 1933.

Ike Boone - Player

In 1923, Boone battered Texas League pitching, leading the league in hitting (.402), runs (134), hits (241), doubles (53 and RBI's (135). That year, he became the only modern TL player to hit over .400. He also established a league record with a 35 game consecutive hitting streak.

Bobby Bragan - Executive/Player/Manager

As player/manager of Fort Worth from 1948-52, he guided Fort Worth to the Dixie Series in 1948, won 100 games in 1949 and guided the Cats to five consecutive winning seasons. One of the top defensive catchers in the history of the league, Bragan still holds the record for fewest stolen bases allowed in a season (6) and shares the record for fewest passed balls in a season (0). After a career as a Major League manager, he returned to the league as President. He resigned to become the President of the Minor Leagues.

Willard Brown - Player

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. Willard "Home Run" Brown was one of the pioneering African-American players in the Texas League. Born in 1911 or 1915, according to different sources, Brown was at the end of a productive career when he arrived in the Texas League in 1953. The slugging outfielder lived up to his nickname with four solid seasons in the league, pounding 91 homers and driving in 405 runs while playing for Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Tulsa and Austin.

Dick Burnett - Executive

He owned the Dallas Eagles from 1948 to 1955. Burnett was one of the most flamboyant promoters of the post-World War II era. His Dallas Eagles drew over 54,000 to the Cotton Bowl on opening day in 1950 with an 'Old Timers Day" that featured seven present or future Hall of Famers. He also installed the first organ in a Texas League ballpark. His signing of Dave Hoskins in 1952 led to the integration of the Texas League. Under his leadership, Dallas finished in first place in 1952, 1953, and 1955.

Russ Burns - Player

He was a 10-year league veteran with four clubs (Beaumont 1946-47; Tulsa 1947-51; Dallas 1951; Oklahoma City 1952-55). He led the league in RBI's four times, while driving in 100 or more runs in six of his seven full seasons in the loop. He led the league in homers once, hitting 20 or more in a season five times.

Dick Butler - Executive

Dick Butler was the Texas League President from 1955-63, 1965 and 1969. Butler helped guide the league through the difficult era in minor league that saw a sharp decline in attendance across the country for most of the years of his tenure. Butler helped keep the league together by finding new cities for the league when the larger league locations left the departed for Triple-A or because of segregation laws. Butler was instrumental in helping push for the agreement with Major League baseball that reclassified the minor leagues in 1962 and standardized the working agreements for all minor league clubs. Butler also negotiated the three-year pact between the Texas League and the Mexican League that led to an interlocking schedule, a joint all star game and a year-end championship series for the 1959-1961 seasons. The Pan-American Association helped breath new life into both leagues, creating added fan interest in on both sides of the border. After leaving his position with the league in 1963, Butler helped bring Texas League baseball back to Fort Worth in 1964 and to Arlington in 1965, running the Dallas-Fort Worth club for a number of years. He was also named the Sporting News Double-A Executive of the Year in 1965. Butler was also named interim president of the league for brief periods in 1965 and 1969.

Earl Caldwell - Pitcher

Caldwell's Texas League career had three different segments from 1926 through 1942. A very good fielding pitcher, Caldwell became better with age, going 43-20 in his final two TL seasons at the ages of 36 and 37. A four time 20 game winner, Caldwell led the league in complete games three times and pitched a seven-inning no hitter in 1942.

Jose Cardenal - Player

Cardenal was powerful and speedy outfielder for El Paso in 1963. During his only season in the league, Cardinal became just the second Texas League player to hit 30 or more home runs, while stealing at least 30 bases. The feat had not been done since 1932 and has been done in the league just twice since.

James "Snipe" Conley - Player/Pitcher/Manager

Snipe Conley was one of the most accomplished, all-around players in Texas League history. A great fielding, right-handed spitball pitcher, Conley would regularly start games for Dallas in both the infield and outfield when he was not on the mound. During a stretch from 1920 through 1925, Conley hit .299 in nearly 900 official at-bats. On the hill, Conley led Dallas to pennants in 1917 and 1918. His season in 1917 was one of the greatest of any league hurler, leading the loop with 27 wins, as well as winning percentage and strikeouts. During that season, Conley won 19 consecutive games, a Texas League record that still stands. A terrific control pitcher, Conley led starting pitchers in fewest walks five consecutive seasons, 1920-25. In 1925, Conley was named manager of the Steers near the end of the first half, leading the club to a 52-38 mark and a second half tie with Fort Worth, losing a post-season playoff to the Panthers. The following season, Conley led the Steers to a first place finish, claiming another league championship for Dallas. Conley ranks seventh all-time among league pitchers in games (368), innings pitched (2,357) and wins (149), while he is 12th all-time in career strikeouts (959).

Dode Criss - Player/Pitcher

Criss may have been the league's best all-around player. In seven seasons in the loop (Cleburne 1906; Houston 1912-17) he had the highest batting average in the league three times (though he did not have enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title in any of those seasons), while compiling a career average of .321, accomplished entirely in the dead ball era. He was also 81-40 as a pitcher, mostly for Houston. Amazingly, Criss pitched three no-hitters (two of nine innings, one of five innings) in his career.

Dizzy Dean - Pitcher

Was 34-12 in two TL seasons at Houston, 26-10 in 1931 with 303 strikeouts. Returned to the League briefly in 1940 to Tulsa where he was 8-8, drawing huge crowds across the league. He was the league's first Player of the Year in 1931.

Jerry Doggett - Broadcaster

Jerry Doggett, the first broadcaster selected for membership in the league's Hall of Fame, spent 13 seasons broadcasting Texas League games in Dallas in 1941 and 1942, and again from 1946 through the 1956 season. Hired by the Brooklyn Dodgers after the close of the '56 Texas League season, Doggett spent 32 years as Vin Scully's Dodgers broadcast partner, retiring after the 1987 season.

Eddie Donalds - Pitcher

One of the finest right hand pitchers of the early years in the league. In his first season in the loop he produced one of the finest seasons in league history, winning 30 while losing only four games.

Dick Dunavan - Groundskeeper

For nearly 36 seasons from 1919 to 1954, Dunavan toiled as the groundskeeper for San Antonio, building, rebuilding and looking after the playing surfaces at four different ballparks the franchise called home during his epic tenure. During his long career in South Texas, Dunavan built over 30 fields while consulting on another 40. His glowing reputation as a premier caretaker of baseball surfaces helped attract several Major League teams to San Antonio and the local environs for spring training, including the New York Giants and Boston Bees.

Grant Dunlap - Player

A dependable hitter and a good fielding outfielder, Grant Dunlap helped lead Shreveport to the Texas League championship in 1952 when he led the league with a .333 batting average. Dunlap had missed winning the batting title the previous year by a tiny .0004 percent. For his career, Dunlap is tied for tenth all-time in the Texas League with a .309 batting average, while he also has the fourth best league career on-base percentage with a .400 mark in over 800 league contests. In his five full seasons in the league between 1948 and 1952, Dunlap increased his average each season from .302 in 1948 to .333 in 1952. He also led the league in on-base percentage in 1952 with a .434 mark, while leading all right fielders in fielding percentage in 1948.

Alex Dupree - Pitcher

Dupree was one of the finest pitchers in the early history of the Texas League. He pitched a no-hitter and a one-hitter in his fantastic 1906 season when he pitched for the first place Fort Worth club. Dupree was also a member of the pennant winning San Antonio club in 1908 after being traded to the Bronchos during that season. Dupree was the first Texas League pitcher to have three consecutive seasons of 20 or more wins. A fine fielder, he led all pitchers in fielding percentage in 1906, in addition to tying for the most wins in the league. In 1907, Dupree led the league in games pitched. Dupree finished his career in the loop in 1920 as a member of the league's staff of umpires.

Eddie Dyer - Manager

Dyer managed in the Texas League for just three seasons (1939-41), finishing first all three years, winning over 100 games in the final two. He is one of just two managers to have consecutive 100-win season in league history. Only three clubs have won as many as 100 games since Dyer did it, none surpassing his win totals in either 1940 or 1941. Dyer later managed the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title in 1946, becoming one of the few managers to guide a TL squad to a league title and a World Championship.

Paul Easterling - Player

One of the greatest of league hitters, Easterling was a 13-year TL veteran, playing with five clubs (Beaumont 1929-33; Tulsa 1934; Oklahoma City 1935-37; Houston 1938; Oklahoma City-Shreveport 1939; Shreveport-Dallas 1940; Dallas 1941). The Texas League career leader in games, runs, hits, extra-base hits, total bases, doubles, home runs and RBI's. Paul played on three pennant winning clubs and one Dixie Series winner.

Dennis Eckersley - Pitcher

Eckersley, one of the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, was the Texas League right-handed Pitcher of the Year in 1974 when he was 14-3 for the San Antonio Brewers. That season, Eckersley led the loop in wins, winning percentage (.824), strikeouts (163), while completing 10 of his 23 starts.

Oscar "Ox" Eckhardt - Player

One of the greatest minor league hitters of all time, amassing a career batting average of .367 in over 1900 minor league contests. The left hand hitting Eckhardt won five minor league batting titles, four in succession, the first in the Texas League in 1930 when he hit .379 over 147 games. During his great 1930 campaign at Beaumont, Eckhardt also led the Texas League with 217 hits and 55 doubles, the third highest total for two-base hits in league history, and a number unsurpassed since that season. Returning to the Texas League in 1938, Eckhardt had the highest average in the league at .387, but did not have enough plate appearances in 72 games to qualify for the batting title.

Jim Elder - Broadcaster

A former minor league umpire, Jim Elder began his career as a broadcaster in 1960 with the Little Rock Travelers as a statistician and side-kick to play-by-play man Bud Campbell. When Campbell moved to another station in 1965, Elder became the voice of the Travelers working every year through the 1993 season, except in 1970, when he was the Trav's concessions manager. One of the league's longest serving broadcasters, Elder was probably the last to do road games by ticker tape recreation from a studio in Little Rock. Elder developed a range of sound effects that he used during his recreations that he continued to do well into the 1980's. Elder's radio career with the Travelers spanned 34 years, 27 of them after the club joined the Texas League in 1966.

Hal Epps - Player

A brilliant fielder, Hal Epps played 1,176 Texas League games in center field, almost certainly an all-time league record. A fine hitter, Epps is first in career triples in league history and 10th all-time with 977 singles. Epps is the only TL player to have consecutive seasons with 20 or more triples and the only player to lead the league in triples three times. The speedy outfielder was a member of three first place clubs (Houston 1939, 1941, 1947), including the '47 club that won the Dixie Series.

George Ferran - Pitcher

Ferran is just one of three Texas League pitchers to have won the pitcher's Triple Crown, leading the loop in wins, strikeouts and ERA. Amazingly, Pitching for Shreveport, Ferran accomplished the feat, primarily, as a relief pitcher. In 46 games, he started nine, completed three, tossed two shutouts, saved four games and finished with a 16-1 record. Having gone 4-1 for Shreveport the year before, Ferran's career record in the Texas League is 20-2.

Sid Fernandez - Pitcher

Sid Fernandez is one of just three Texas League pitchers that have won the pitcher's "Triple Crown", leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts. The league's Pitcher of the Year in 1983 while pitching for the San Antonio Dodgers, Fernandez produced 13 wins, 209 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.82. Additionally, he is the last Texas League pitcher to strike out as many as 200 batters in a single season.

Howie Fitzgerald - Player

Fitzgerald, who played for Wichita Falls 1924-30, Fort Worth 1931 and San Antonio 1932, hit over .300 six times, finishing his career in the League with a .308 average. He is fourth all-time in runs scored with 812 and tied for sixth place with 437 career extra-base hits.

LaVel Freeman - Player

Freeman had outstanding back-to-back seasons, a rarity in modern minor league baseball for a young player. In 1987 produced one of the highest batting averages in league history. Freeman is the only player to have more than 200 hits in a single Texas League season in 50 years. He also has the highest single season batting average since 1925 when Danny Clark of San Antonio hit .399.

Jim Galloway - Player

Galloway may have been the best switch hitter in the history of the Texas League, finishing his career in the League with a .316 batting average, 112 home runs and 662 RBI's in 12 seasons, seven of which were full seasons. One of the outstanding Texas League players in the 1920's, Galloway hit over .300 in six of his seven full seasons.

J. Alvin Gardner - Executive

Serving as the top executive from 1929 until 1954, Gardner had the longest tenure as president in league history. He began his Texas League career at Wichita Falls in 1920, building clubs that won league titles in 1927 and 1929 and winning the Dixie Series in 1927. Following the 1929 season, Gardner was elected to succeed Doak Roberts as league president.

Hank Greenberg - Player

At Beaumont in 1932, Greenberg led the league with 123 runs and 39 home runs. He hit .290 and had 131 RBI's. He was the Texas League Player of the Year in 1932.

Ken Guettler - Player

In 1956, Guettler hit a league record 62 home runs, scored 115 runs and drove in 143 runs.

Chick Hafey - Player

At Houston in1924, Hafey hit .360 with 39 doubles, 9 home runs, 90 RBI's and a league leading 20 triples.

Ellis Hardy - Manager

Hardy led Waco from 1911 through 1918, winning league championships 1914-16. He has the highest winning percentage of all Texas League managers with a .574 mark and an overall record of 594-441.

Tyrone Horne - Player

Horne had one outstanding season in the Texas League during which he led the league in home runs and RBI's. His RBI total of 139 was the highest in the league since 1956. Horne also had one historic game in 1998, hitting a home run cycle in a July contest at San Antonio. It was the first time a batter had accomplished the feat of hitting a solo, two-run, three-run and grand slam homers in the same game in professional baseball history. For his accomplishments during the 1998 season, Horne was selected the Texas League Player of the Year.

Dave Hoskins - Player

He was the first African-American player to play in the Texas League. In 1952 he led the league with 22 wins, had a 2.12. ERA, an over all record of 22-10 and a league leading 280 innings pitched. After spending time in the Major Leagues, he returned to Dallas in 1958 going 17-8.

Mark Howie - Player

Mark Howie was a career .330 hitter in three Texas League seasons. However, it was Howie's final season in the league, in 1991, during which he truly excelled. Playing in 130 games that year, the right-hand hitter produced a league-leading .364 batting average, with 123 RBI, driving in runs at a rate of nearly one a game. In addition to leading the league in batting average in 1991 with the second highest Texas League mark since 1959, Howie also led the loop with 136 singles and 188 total hits. The Louisiana native was a participant in the 1991 Texas League All Star game, hitting clean-up and collecting two of the five hits the West squads had in the game. Howie was named the MVP of the initial Double A All Star Game. Later in the 1991 season, Howie capped his fabulous season when he was elected to the Texas League's post-season all star team.

Grayle Howlett - Executive

Grayle Howlett was one of the most innovative and successful of the young executives that arrived in the Texas League following World War II. Sent to Tulsa in 1946 by the Chicago Cubs, Howlett was one of the first club executives in the league to promote the game year 'round. One of his first steps was to begin publishing a monthly newsletter for fans and media to keep up with the Oilers all year long. To help attract more fans to Oilers' games, Howlett oversaw a painting and improvement regime that helped brighten Tulsa's Texas Park. Howlett's many efforts were a success as the Oilers drew over 200,000 fans for the first time in their history in 1948 and averaged over 200,000 fans from 1947 through 1950. In 1953, he arranged for the first televised minor league game. That followed his having arranged for the first coast-to-coast broadcast of a minor league game on the Mutual Radio Network of a contest between Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Looking after the Tulsa players, Howlett was one of the first operators to arrange for team travel by sleeper bus. His decision to attract the locally popular St. Louis Cardinals affiliation when it became available after the 1958 helped Tulsa lead the league in attendance for the next seven season.

Went Hubbard - Executive

Went Hubbard has been influential in the success of the franchise in Tulsa, as well as a respected voice in matters concerning the direction of the Texas League for nearly 20 years. Hubbard bought the Tulsa club in late 1986. Under his direction, he funded numerous renovations of Drillers Stadium, including one that saw the addition of a second tier. In 2002, the Drillers became the first Texas League team to draw more than 300,000 fans for ten consecutive years. During his tenure, the Tulsa club was twice the recipient of the Bob Freitas Award as the top Double-A club. The Tulsa club also was named the winner of the John H. Johnson Award in 1999. The Johnson award recognizes a club's long term stability and contribution to their community and to baseball.

Tim Ireland - Manager

In six Texas League seasons, Ireland's regular season was 468--368, with a .554 winning percentage, one of the best in league history. He also had a post-season record of 24-13, .648. He guided El Paso, Tulsa and Frisco to the league championship series, winning titles in El Paso and Frisco, in 1994 and 2004 respectively. His club reached the championship series in five of his six years as a manager in the loop.

John Jaha - Player

Easily the leading slugger in the Texas League in 1991, leading league hitters in home runs, RBI, runs scored, hits, extra-base hits, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging. His total of 134 RBI was the highest by any Texas League player since Ken Guettler drove in 143 in 1956. Making Jaha's totals even more impressive is that he drove in his total of 134 in just 130 games. A fine fielding first baseman, Jaha led his position in assists and was second in total chances. One of just six batters in the 1990's to have as many as 30 home runs in a season, Jaha was the 1991 Texas League Player of the Year, helping lead El Paso to a record of 81-55 and a place in the league championship series.

Gregg Jefferies - Player

A power hitting infielder, Jefferies came to the Texas League with a vaunted reputation as a hot hitting prospect. He did not disappoint league fans. After a brief and flashy glimpse of his talents in 1986, Jefferies had a spectacular season in 1987, leading the league in doubles, while batting .367, mashing 20 homers, driving in 101 runs and stealing 26 bases. For his efforts, Jefferies was voted to the Texas League post-season All-Star team, as well as being named the league's Player of the Year.

Tom Jenkins - Player

Over the course of his first three seasons in the league, Tom Jenkins was one of the finest hitters the league had ever seen, hitting .361 from 1926 through 1927. Jenkins won the league batting title with a .374 mark in 1926, then followed that with seasons in 1927 and 1928 in which he scored over 120 runs, had over 200 hits and drove in over 120 runs each season. Also an accomplished left fielder, Jenkins led Wichita Falls in hitting in the 1927 Dixie Series, helping the Spudders sweep New Orleans four games to none. Jenkins hit .428 in the one-sided series that saw the Spudders outscore the Pelicans 26-3.

Gus Johns - Pitcher

Johns was one of the important contributors on the great Fort Worth clubs of the early 1920's. The curve balling left hand pitcher won 20 or more games three times and led the league in ERA twice between 1921 and 1925.

Eddie Konetchy - Player

Konetchy was a veteran of 15 Major League seasons when he arrived in Fort Worth for the 1925 season. He was being asked to replace the legendary Clarence "Big Boy" Kraft, who retired after the 1924 season during which he drove in 196 runs. Konetchy was up to the task, helping lead the Panthers to their sixth straight league pennant, driving in 166 runs and stroking 86 extra-base hits, of which 41 were homers. Though his production dipped in 1926, the 40-year-old first baseman still amassed 64 extra-base hits and drove in 104 runs, just 14 off the league lead.

Ed Knoblauch - Player

An 11-year Texas League player with five teams (Houston 1942, 1946-48; Houston-Shreveport-Tulsa 1949; Tulsa 1950-51; Dallas 1951-54; Beaumont 1954-55; Dallas 1955). He was a strong-armed center fielder who hit over .300 in eight of his 11 seasons. He is first or second in seven Texas League all-time hitting categories

Clarence "Big Boy" Kraft - Player

Kraft played seven seasons in Fort Worth (1918-24) on the great teams of the early 1920's. He was the top home run hitter of his era, setting the, then, league mark for homers in 1924 with 55. He drove in 196 runs in 1924. The total is still a single-season league record. He hit 150 of his career 170 home runs in his final four TL seasons.

Paul LaGrave - Executive

A former Texas League infielder, LaGrave earned his fame as the director of Fort Worth from 1916 to 1929. Working with Jake Atz, he helped construct the Fort Worth dynasty that finished in first place from 1919 through 1925, winning six consecutive TL titles and five of six Dixie Series, an event that along with Walter Morris, he is credited with formulating.

Chuck Lamson - Executive

Chuck Lamson went from a promising pitching prospect, who in 1980, would miss pitching a no-hitter for the Drillers by one out, to an injured player hoping to stay in the game by becoming the grounds keeper, caring for the field on which he once played. A sales representative for the Drillers during the off seasons of 1980 and 1981, Lamson joined the Drillers full time in 1982, rising quickly in the organization to become an assistant general manager in 1984. Named Executive Vice President/General Manager in 1995, Lamson helped lead the Drillers to levels of success never before seen by a professional club in Tulsa. In 2006, Chuck bought controlling interest in the club from Went Hubbard. Over the next few years, he worked tirelessly to try to replace Drillers Stadium with a modern playing facility, which he accomplished with the opening of ONEOK Field in 2010. Lamson and the Drillers received numerous awards during his tenure. In 1996, 1998 and 2010, Chuck was named the Texas League Executive of the Year. In 1992, 1996 and 2004, the Drillers were named the Texas League Organization of the Year. In 1999, the Drillers received the John H. Johnson award from Minor League Baseball, an award that recognized long term stability and contribution to the community. Finally, in 1992 and 2005, the club was recognized by Baseball America with the Bob Freitas Award which recognizes long term stability and success in Minor League Baseball. Following the 2010 season, Lamson sold his interest in the Drillers to Dale and Jeff Hubbard, ending his 32 year association with the club.

Con Maloney - Executive

A loyal and supportive member of the Texas League, Con Maloney purchased the Jackson franchise from the New York Mets in 1982, remaining the majority owner of the club until 1998, when he sold the team to Ryan-Sanders Baseball. Con continued as a minority owner of the club through 1999, then after its move to Round Rock through the 2004 season, amassing a total of 24 years in the loop. A respected voice among league owners, Maloney, who had been a state senator in Mississippi, served as the interim president of the league during parts of 1991 and 1992 after the death of Carl Sawatski, as well as on a number of important Double A and Minor League Baseball boards and committees. During his stewardship of the Jackson Mets and later the Generals, his club was in post-season play 10 times, reaching the championship series eight times, while winning four Texas League titles.

James "Curley" Maloney - Player/Pitcher/Manager

One of the pioneers in the early years of the loop, Maloney participated in 17 of the first 21 years of the existence of the Texas League as a pitcher, player and manager. In the early years of his career in the league, Maloney was a pitcher who had moderate success. After the league was reorganized in 1902, he was an integral member of the powerhouse Corsicana team that ran away with the league pennant. In 101 games that season, Maloney led the league with 101 runs scored, 140 hits and 31 doubles. In 1908, he would lead the league, again, in hits (169) and doubles (34) while playing for Dallas. In 1904, Maloney took over the Dallas club as manager, guiding them to six consecutive winning seasons, as well as and the TL pennant in 1909. A dependable player on defense, Maloney played both infield and outfield during his long career, leading center fielders in chances in 1905, games in 1906 and assists in 1910.

Joe Martina - Pitcher

Martina, who was one of the most popular figures while with the Beaumont club, holds the Texas League career record for strikeouts with 1,412. He is also third in career wins with 158 and ninth in career ERA with a 2.93 mark. Martina's two best seasons in the league came in back-to-back years with Beaumont when he was 28-13 with a 2.14 ERA in 1919 and 20-14 with a 2.88 ERA in 1920.

Wilson Matthews - Umpire

He is considered the finest umpire in the early years of the league. He was in the league during the period 1899-1917, 12 of those years as an umpire.

John J. McCloskey - Founder

The founder of the Texas League in 1887 at the age of 26. A player, manager and league organizer for six seasons beginning in 1888. He was instrumental keeping interest in baseball alive in the region through the end of the 19th century. He played for and managed Houston to a first place finish in 1892. He managed a total of five different Texas League clubs, Austin-San Antonio, 1888; Houston, 1890 and 1892; Dallas, 1897-98 and Beaumont in 1919.

Willie McCovey - Player

At Dallas in 1957, McCovey hit .281 with 21 doubles, 9 triples, 11 home runs and 65 RBI's. He also had a three home run game and a three triple game during that season.

Monte McFarland - Pitcher

A great hitting pitcher, McFarland's 34 wins in 1895 are topped in league history only by Lucky Wright, who won 35 in 1902. In addition to appearing in 46 games as a pitcher in 1895, McFarland played another 47 in the outfield, hitting .332 for the season. His 29 extra-base hits that year were the second highest on a very good hitting Fort Worth club. At bat and on the mound, McFarland helped Fort Worth to a 77-39 record, a first place finish in the second half and participated in Fort Worth's championship series win over Dallas

Taylor Moore - Executive

Taylor Moore purchased a minority share of the Shreveport club in 1974, becoming the majority owner of the team in 1976, a stake he held until 1999, when the Captains were sold to Mandalay Baseball, effectively running the franchise for 26 years. During his tenure, Moore worked with the city of Shreveport to build what would become the first modern park in the league in more than a generation. The facility, Fairgrounds Field, was designed with a modern television studio that allowed the club to have a regular slate of games broadcast locally for many years. The studio also served as the location for the production of local sports shows, as well as for the production of local advertising and other local sporting events. A member of various Texas League, Double A and Minor League boards and committees during his tenure, Moore's club's reached the championship series five times, winning the Texas League title three times.

Joe Medwick - Player

At Houston in 1931 and 1932, he twice hit over .300 and had a total of 93 doubles, 18 triples, 45 home runs and 237 RBI's. He hit .354 in 1932, while leading the league in home runs (19) and RBI's (126) in 1931.

Joe Morgan - Player

At San Antonio in 1964, he was the league Player of the Year, hitting .323 with a league leading 42 doubles and 90 RBI's for the league champion Bullets.

J. Walter Morris - Player/Manager/Executive

Involved in the Texas League for the better part of nearly 40 years, Walter Morris had one of the most varied careers of any of the men to have been associated with this loop. Morris first appeared in the league as a light hitting, slick fielding shortstop on the legendary 1902 Corsicana Oilers. Though he hit just .244 that season, he was 6-for-8 in Corsicana's epic 51-3 win over Texarkana and led the league that season with 10 triples. After three years in the South Texas League and four more in the South Atlantic and Southern Leagues, Morris returned to the Texas League in 1910 as the shortstop, manager and owner of the Fort Worth Panthers, where he stayed until selling the club in 1914. During the 1910 season, Morris is credited with creating the first rain check, an innovation that was quickly adopted by other league clubs and teams throughout minor league baseball. In 1915, Morris was elected Texas League president, a position he held until 1920. After spending a short time away from baseball, the Rockwall, Texas native returned in 1922 as the owned of the Dallas club, operating the Steers until 1928. During this tenure with the Dallas, the Steers won the Texas League title in 1926, defeating New Orleans in the Dixie Series four games to two. After spending a number of years as a minor league organizer and as a president of several lower minor leagues, Morris, once again came home to the Texas League, running the Shreveport club in 1932 and 1938-39 and Fort Worth in 1933 and 1940.

Red Murff - Pitcher

After going 27-28 in the two seasons prior to 1955, Murff had one of the best seasons by a Texas League pitcher in the post-World War II era. In 1955, Murff was 27-11 in 43 games, posting a league best ERA of 1.99. He also led the league with 28 complete games. No pitcher in the Texas League has won as many games in one season since Murff's 27 in 1955. In the long history of the league there are just 16 other occasions when a pitcher has won as many as 27 games in a single season.

Pat Newnam - Player

A 20-year TL veteran, nine as a manager and one as an umpire (San Antonio 1907-08, 1929; Houston 1909-18; Beaumont 1921; Galveston 1922-23; Umpire 1924). He played on pennant winners in San Antonio in 1908 and Houston in 1909, 1912, 1913 and 1914. He stole a league best 422 bases in his career. He also led the league in home runs with 18 in 1908.

Mike O'Connor - Founder

He played 13 years in the league beginning in 1888 (Fort Worth 1888, 1890; Austin 1889, 1898-99, 1905; San Antonio 1892, 1896-97; Sherman-Dallas 1895; Denison 1896; Corsicana 1902-03; Paris 1904; Waco 1905). A terrific hitter, he finished the 1896 season with a .395 average in 114 games. He also managed the great 1902 Corsicana club that won 27 consecutive games and finished 87-23. He was on two first place clubs, Dallas in 1895 and Corsicana in 1902 and two pennant winners, San Antonio in 1897 and Corsicana in 1902.

Eddie Palmer - Player/Pitcher/Umpire

Palmer is one of the longest serving men in Texas League history, totaling 16 years, eight as a player and another eight as an umpire. A good hitting, steady second baseman, Palmer was on four pennant-winning clubs, Dallas in 1917 and the 1918 season that was shortened by World War I, then with the powerhouse Fort Worth Panthers in 1924 and 1925. Palmer led all second basemen in games played in 1917, 1924 and 1925, fielding in 1918 and 1924 and total chances in 1924 and 1925. After his playing career ended, Palmer returned to the league as a member of the umpiring staff, working eight seasons, 1932-34, 1936-37 and 1939-41. Palmer was widely respected by players and fans alike for his fairness, professionalism and genial disposition.

Al Papai - Pitcher

A Texas League workhorse and one of the best pitchers of his generation, Papai amassed a 103-66 record over six full seasons that included three seasons during which the 6' 3" right-hander won more than 20 games. His initial season in the loop in 1947 saw the 30-year-old post a 21-10 record, with a league leading 27 complete games. Three seasons later, Papai returned to Houston and was even better, leading the loop with a 23-9 record, and, again, with 22 complete games. After leading Houston to league titles in 1947 and 1951, Papai finished his career with clubs that were, at best, mediocre. Yet in 1955, on an Oklahoma City club that would finish 70-90, he had one of his finest seasons at the age of 38. While the Indians struggled through the season, Papai sparkled, producing a 23-7 record, with a 2.65 ERA. Noted for completing what he started, the Illinois native had 117 complete games in the more than 180 games that he started in his six full seasons in the Texas League. Papai was also a workhorse in post-season play, particularly in 1947 when he helped lead the Buffs to a Dixie Series title, going 4-1 in three post-season series, including 2-0 in Houston's six game Dixie series win over Mobile.

Joe Pate - Pitcher

A 21-year veteran of the league as a pitcher and umpire (Dallas 1912-13; Fort Worth 1914, 1918-25, 1927-28; Shreveport 1931; Umpire 1933-39), Pate won a total of 195 games, second all-time in league history. Twice he won 30 games as a member of the great Fort Worth teams in the 1920's. After his pitching career ended, he returned to the league as an umpire for seven complete seasons.

Joe Patterson - Player

One of the fleetest outfielders of his era, Joe Patterson is the only player in Texas League history to lead the league in stolen bases in three consecutive seasons. Patterson led the league in thefts each season from 1962 through 1964, the year he stole 67 bags, the highest one season total in the league since Bobby Stow stole 70 in 1915. Patterson amassed a respectable .285 career average during parts of six seasons in the Texas League, while producing one of the top, all-time on-base percentages with a .387 mark. Patterson was the sparkplug that helped Tulsa win league championships in 1962 and 1963 and into the championship series in 1964, which the Oilers lost to San Antonio.

Jim Paul - Executive

As the owner of the El Paso Diablos from 1974-97, he was one of the most innovative promoters of the modern era. He was also one of the most decorated minor league operators, winning numerous national and Texas League awards. In addition, Jim also helped revive the minor leagues with the founding of the El Paso Seminars, helping to spread progressive ideas and sharing knowledge within the baseball community.

George Payne - Pitcher

A consistent winner in all eight of his Texas League seasons. He pitched for four first place clubs and two pennant winners. Payne is sixth in league history with 153 wins, 12th in shutouts with 24, eighth with 366 games pitched, while completing 157 of his career starts. He won 20 games twice, led the league in complete games in 1929 with 28 and innings pitched in 1931 with 321.

Albie Pearson - Player

A diminutive and speedy center fielder, the 5' 5" Pearson had one of the finest single Texas League seasons of his era. In addition to leading the loop with a .371 average, Pearson crafted a league best .456 on-base percentage, adding 75 walks to the 178 hits he gathered in just 122 games. More than just a contact hitter, Pearson had 42 extra base hits in his 480 at-bats in 1956, while he struck out just 33 times. A wide ranging fielder, Pearson also had a strong arm, leading all outfielders in '56 with 21 assists. Pearson would go on to a successful career with the Los Angeles Angels after winning the American League Rookie of the Year with the Washington Senators in 1958.

Homer Peel - Player

A 14-year league veteran with four clubs (Houston 1924-26, 1928, 1930-32; Fort Worth 1936-38; Shreveport 1939-40; Oklahoma City 1941-42). He led the league in numerous hitting categories, including batting average in 1937 with a .370 average. Has the top career bating average in league history with a .325 mark. He is in the top five for career batters in eight areas, while he is second all-time in extra-base hits and doubles. He played on two first place clubs, two pennant winners and two Dixie Series winners.

Cap Peterson - Player

The 1962 Texas League Player of the Year, El Paso's Cap Peterson had one of the finest seasons ever produced by a Texas League shortstop. Though he finished third in the race for the batting title, Peterson hit .335, with 29 home runs and a league leading 130 RBI. He also led the league with 70 extra-base hits, in total bases with 315 and in slugging percentage with a .599 mark. His terrific season helped the Sun Kings finish in first place in the league with an 80-60 record.

Adam Piatt - Player

Piatt became just the second Triple Crown winner in league history when he accomplished the feat in 1999. Piatt put together one of the finest offensive seasons in league history when he led or tied nine different offensive categories.

Howie Pollet - Pitcher

Pollet was 20-7 and 20-3 in his two seasons at Houston. In 1941 he led the league with a 1.16 ERA. Only one other pitcher, Walt Dickson at 1.06 in 1916, has had a lower ERA in league history.

Del Pratt - Player

Pratt came to the Texas League at the age of 38 to play for and manage Waco. In 1927, at the age of 40, Pratt became the first Texas League batter to win the Triple Crown. A dangerous hitter throughout his TL career, Pratt hit .374 in 1930 at the age of 43. A great contact hitter, Pratt rarely struck out, going down on strikes just 24 times in 562 at-bats in his big 1927 season. In his four seasons as a regular for Waco, Pratt struck out just 71 times in 1988 at bats. He managed in the league for nine, largely futile seasons, leading, for the most part, second division clubs.

Randy Ready - Player/Manager

Few men have accomplished as much in two Texas League seasons as did Randy Ready as a player in 1982 and a manager in 2007. Playing for the El Paso Diablos in 1982, Ready led league batters in five different categories, including batting average. His .375 mark was the highest by any Texas Leaguer since Ox Eckhardt hit .379 in 1930. His average that season remains the 10th highest single season batting average in league history since 1902. Returning to the league 25 years later, Ready led San Antonio to a league championship, going 6-1 in the post-season, becoming one of the few former league stars to later win a league championship as a manager.

J. Doak Roberts - Founder

He was twice president of the Texas League (1904-06 and 1920-29). Roberts assisted in the revival of the league in 1902. He helped construct a powerful Houston club that won league titles in 1909, 1912 1913 and was co-champion in 1914. He served the league for over 27 years. He was the managing director of the powerful Corsicana club in 1902 that still holds the record for highest winning percentage in a single season.

Claud "Ug" Roberton - Player/Manager

A superb catcher and teacher, Robertson was considered one of the best overall catchers in the early history of the league. Known as a very hard worker and a great coach of young pitchers, he was a .279 hitter in 787 league games and led catchers in total chances in 1920 and fielding in 1926 and 1929. He also threw out a fantastic 111 runners attempting to steal in 1920. Robertson had a knack for getting hit by pitches, having led the league in that area for four different seasons, a skill that led to more than a few disagreements during his career.

Billy Jo Robideaux - Player

Another of a long line of El Paso sluggers, Billy Jo Robidoux was named the 1985 Texas League Player of the Year after leading the league in eight different statistical categories, including runs, hits, doubles, RBI and batting average. In 1985, Robidoux was part of a terrific El Paso squad that won both half seasons and finished with a record of 86-50, in no small measure due to his hitting accomplishments. His 132 RBI in 1985 set the El Paso franchise all time record, passing the mark set by Cap Peterson in 1962 when he drove in 130 runs.

Brooks Robinson - Player

At San Antonio in 1956, he led the league in fielding percentage at third base. He hit .272, with 28 doubles and 74 RBI's.

Hank "Rube" Robinson - Pitcher

In his lone season in the loop, Robinson put together one of the greatest single seasons for a pitcher in the history of the league. Robinson was noted for the ability to warm up quickly, which led to his having a number of wins in relief. A left handed hurler, Robinson also had wonderful control, walking just 60 batters in 300 innings, while striking out 243. A native of Arkansas, Robinson finished his career by pitching 12 consecutive years in the Southern Association at Little Rock. Over his professional career, he had a 273-195 record, winning nearly 60% of all his decisions.

Chuck Rose - Pitcher

A brilliant south paw in the early years of the league, Chuck Rose won 20 games four times, all with pennant winning clubs in Houston. During Houston's run of three consecutive pennants in 1912-14, Rose had a fantastic 71-27 record. With a career record of 145-96, Rose is fifth all-time in the league in wins and fifth all-time with 1,013

strikeouts and a league career record for shutouts with 42.

Al Rosen - Player

Rosen, third baseman for the Oklahoma City Indians in 1947, had one of the finest individual seasons in league history. In his one season in the League, Rosen led in batting (.349), hits (1860, doubles (47), extra-base hits (83), RBI's (141), total bases (330), slugging percentage (.619) and on-base percentage (.437). Among the outstanding single games during the year were a four double performance on April 16 and an eight RBI game on June 29. Rosen was elected as the player of the year following the 1947 season.

William Ruggles - Executive

He was the historian of the Texas League. He published numerous league history books beginning in 1931. An employee and statistician of the league from 1920 until 1964. Ruggles was also a long-time sports writer and later sports editor of the Dallas Morning News. His research of the early years of the Texas League is essential to our understanding of the founding and the origins of this league.

Ron Santo - Player

Playing in his first season as a professional, 19-year-old Ron Santo proved that he belonged in the Texas League after playing in all 136 of San Antonio's games in 1959, hitting .327 and leading the league in doubles and put outs at third base. It would take the slick fielding Santo just one more half season to get to Chicago where he became a mainstay with the Cubs for more than a decade. Santo was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.

John "Ziggy" Sears - Player/Pitcher/Umpire

After his playing career, which included stops in Fort Worth (1918-27), San Antonio (1927), Shreveport (1928) and Waco (1928), Sears joined the Texas League umpire staff in 1929, where he stayed until called to the National League in 1935. Among the special accomplishments of Sears' career, the most notable may have been his 11 RBI game on May 19, 1925 versus San Antonio. Sears is in the career top 10 in many offensive categories including runs (883, 3rd), hits (1,492, 5th), extra-base hits (444, 5th), total bases (2,176, 5th), singles (1,048, 7th), doubles (307, tie 3rd) and RBI's (664, 7th).

Carey Selph - Player/Manager

Selph hit over .300 in all five seasons in the league. His career average of .322 is second highest in league history. He was also tough to strike out, going down on strikes just 137 times in 3184 TL at-bats. Selph was also one of the outstanding second baseman in loop history, leading the league in a number of fielding categories annually. He returned to manage Houston for two seasons, leading them to first place in 1933.

Al Simmons - Player

At Shreveport in 1923, Simmons hit .360 with 58 extra-base hits and 90 RBI's.

Jimmy Slagle - Player

A speedy, athletic center fielder on the powerful, pennant winning 1896 Houston Buffaloes, Slagle led the league in three separate batting departments while establishing a record that has never been broken. In addition to leading the league in stolen bases and hits, the Houston leadoff hitter scored 171 run in just 131 games. That run total has never been topped in the more than 100 seasons that have followed Slagle's singular season. Additionally, along with team mate Charlie Schaffer, Slagle was the first of two batters to top 200 hits in 1896, the first time that any hitter had gathered more than 200 hits in a single Texas League season. After two more minor league seasons, Slagle went to the National league, where he was a member of the pennant winning Chicago Cubs' clubs 1906-08, winning the World Series with them the later two seasons.

Tris Speaker - Player

At Houston in 1907, he led the league with a .314 batting average.

Milt Steengrafe - Player/Pitcher/Umpire

He had one of the longest careers in the Texas League, eight years as a pitcher and 15 years as an umpire (Beaumont 1924; Shreveport 1925; Wichita Falls 1927-31; Wichita Falls-Shreveport-Tyler-Fort Worth 1932; Umpire 1938-42, 1946-1955). He compiled a 95-76 record on the mound in the 1920's and 1930's, leading the league in winning percentage in 1928 with a 22-8 record (.733). Was the longest serving league umpire in league history, working all 15 Texas League seasons between 1938 and 1955.

Bobby Stow - Player

He was a 10-year veteran of the league, the first eight with Fort Worth from 1915-20 (Dallas 1921-24; Shreveport 1923). He is rated as possibly the greatest shortstop in league history. He led the league in fielding percentage six times. He also led the league in stolen bases five times, twice with consecutive seasons of 70 and 60.

Larry "Moose" Stubing - Player/Manager

Stubing was one of the top sluggers of the 1960's, as well as a premier fielding first baseman. With 138 TL homers, mostly for El Paso, Stubing is sixth on that all-time list. He is second, all-time, in slugging percentage with a .504 mark, topped only by the celebrated slugger Clarence Kraft. "Moose" finished first in fielding average at first base in 1963 and was second in 1960, 1964 and 1966. Returning to the league in 1978 to manage El Paso, Stubing won both half seasons, then swept Jackson 3-0 to win the league championship.

Homer Summa - Player

Summa was the offensive engine that drove a very good Wichita Falls club to a 94-61, second place finish in 1922. His one season in the Texas League ranks with the very best of the single season performances in Texas League history. Summa's 225 hits broke the existing league record, while his 131 runs scored was just one behind the existing league mark of 132, set the previous season. His .362 batting average was the third highest up to that time in the league's modern era. A fair, but slow outfielder, Summa finished the 1922 season playing 12 games for Cleveland, hitting .348

Don Sutton - Pitcher

At Albuquerque in 1965, Sutton had the best winning percentage with a 15-6 record (.714).

Arch Tanner - Player

He played 14 seasons in the Texas League (Waco 1912-19; Wichita Falls 1920-25). He was a good fielding and hitting shortstop during his first ten years in the league. He led the league in fielding percentage twice at shortstop. Also led the league in hits in 1915 and doubles in 1914. He is in the top 10 in nine all-time TL hitting categories, including third in hits with 1,555.

Pete Turgeon - Player

A power hitting, speedy infielder, Turgeon was also one of the top second baseman of his era. A good base runner and lead-off hitter, Turgeon had six seasons during which he scored 100 or more runs, four of them consecutively, both Texas League records. In 1923 and 1927, Turgeon led the loop in sacrifice hits. The led second basemen in chances and games played in 1923, while leading second baseman in double plays in 1928. Having played in 1,097 games over eight seasons, Turgeon is ranked 7th all time in runs scored (787), tied for sixth in home runs (138), eighth in extra-base hits(426), ninth in runs batted in (627) and tenth in total bases (1,968).

Bill Valentine - Executive

He began his career in the league as an umpire (1954-60), returning as a broadcaster (1969-75), then, since 1976, has been the General Manager of the Arkansas Travelers. Along with Jim Paul, he led the revival of minor league baseball as an innovative promoter. He has also received numerous league and baseball awards including Texas League Executive of the Year five times. Has more than 40 years service in the league, including the last 29 as the chief executive of the Travelers.

Lee Velarde - Groundskeeper

For the first 28 of the existence of the Midland franchise in the Texas League, their home turf knew just one head groundskeeper, Lee Velarde. Working at the Midland facility alternately known as Cubs Stadium (1972-84), Angels Stadium (1985-94) and Christensen Stadium (1995-2001), Velarde diligently tended the grounds there from 1972, until his retirement in 1999. In the history of the circuit, he is one of the longest serving groundskeepers any TL team has ever had. Prior to his assignment to care for the surface at Cubs Stadium, Velarde had been in charge of caring for all of the youth fields in Midland from 1954 until the arrival of the Cubs in 1972. During his term as a Texas League groundskeeper, Society and Grounds Management magazine gave Cubs Field their Best Field award in 1976, while Lee was presented a National Maintenance Award for his care of Cubs Stadium in 1977. A hard working family man, Velarde was also a noted amateur slugger in his youth, often hitting clean-up for the locally famous Midland Colts. Velarde is also the father of former Major League player Randy Velarde.

Al Vincent - Manager

Vincent led his team's to post-season play in eight of his 12 seasons, compiling a record of 50-36, which includes a victory in the 1946 Dixie Series when Dallas swept Atlanta 4-0. Vincent managed 1,879 games in the Texas League, winning 974. Vincent won league crowns with three different clubs. In addition to Dallas in 1946, he took Beaumont and Tulsa to the Dixie Series in 1938 and 1949 respectively.

Paul Wachtel - Pitcher

He spent 13 seasons in the Texas League, mostly with Fort Worth (Fort Worth 1918-28; Houston 1929; Dallas-Waco 1930). He is number one in career victories in league history with 231. He is also first; all-time; in complete games (242) and total innings pitched (3,177), while he is second all-time with 40 shutouts. Wachtel won 20 or more games six times during his Texas League career.

Bill Walberg - Broadcaster

Joining Jackson in 1977, Walberg spent 23 seasons calling plays for the Mets and the Generals, his tenure ending only after the Generals were sold and moved to Round Rock following the 1999 season. He is on a short list of broadcaster that has spent as many as 20 seasons calling TL games in the long history of this loop. A popular broadcaster in Jackson during and after his Texas League career, Walberg called 11 no-hitters during his tenure, six of which were authored by Jackson hurlers. He was also behind the microphone during 10 Texas League championship series, five of which were won by Jackson and two TL All Star games both of which ended with dramatic final at-bat calls. The first, in 1984 when Jackson outfielder and future Oakland GM Billy Beane gave the East an 8-7 win when he hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and, again, in 1992, when Shreveport's Adell Davenport, a Jackson native, capped a seven-run, ninth inning rally with a three-run homer that gave the East a stunning 8-6 win. In 1999, Walberg called the 26-inning game at San Antonio one of his two most memorable broadcasts. The other was the shocking end to the 1994 East Division Series that vaulted the Generals into the Championship Series after Jackson players clubbed back-to-back, two-out homers in the bottom of the ninth inning of the fifth and final game.

Frank Walsh - Umpire

Walsh spent nine seasons in the Texas League over two different spans in the 1950's and 1960's. He did not join the league until 1957, when he was nearly 52 years old. After the close of the 1961 season he was summoned to the National League, working there through the 1963 season. He returned to the TL in 1965, working in the loop until 1968 when he was felled by a stroke. During the 1966 season, Walsh was honored prior to a game at Dallas-Fort Worth for having worked 4,000 consecutive games during his professional career. Players considered Walsh a good, fair, consistent and hard working umpire.

Frank "Pop" Weikart - Player/Pitcher/Manager

Weikert was one of the most accomplished and popular players during the early decades of the league. He was an active player in the loop over the first 20 years of its existence from 1888 through 1908. Weikert was outstanding at the plate, in the field and the mound, going 27-11 for Houston in 1889, then hitting .380 and .385 for Austin in 1896 and 1897. A slick fielding first baseman, Weikert capped his TL career as the player/manager at Galveston in 1907 and 1908, leading the loop in home runs in '07.

George Whiteman - Player

A member of the great 1906 Cleburne club, Whiteman played over 1,400 games over 11 seasons in the League. During his career at Waco 1905, Cleburne 1906, Houston 1907-08, 1911-13, 1921-22, Wichita Falls/Galveston 1923 and Galveston in 1924, Whiteman gathered more outfield assists than any other player in the history of the loop.

Dick Whitworth - Pitcher

Whitworth pitched 12 complete seasons in the Texas League and holds the record for the most games pitched with 453. He is also tied for third in career wins with 158. A good fielding pitcher, Whitworth was also durable, pitching 167 complete games. He was on one first place club and three pennant winners. Whitworth's career was as follows: Houston 1926-28; Fort Worth 1929-34, Tulsa 1935, Oklahoma City 1936, Oklahoma City/Fort Worth 1937, Fort Worth/Dallas 1938.

Billy Williams - Player

At San Antonio in 1959, Williams batted .318 in 94 games with 22 doubles, 7 triples, 10 home runs and 79 RBI's.

Dick Williams - Player

A speedy, dependable center fielder, Dick Williams had a career batting average of .301 during his nearly four years with Fort Worth. In 1949, Williams had his best season for the Cats, hitting .310, scoring 109 runs, while driving in 114. Williams went on to become one of the most successful managers in Major League Baseball history.

Don Wilson - Pitcher

Wilson dominated the Texas League as few others have since advent of the modern affiliated era, doing so as a 21-year-old. Named the Texas League Pitcher of the Year in 1966, Wilson led the league in just one category that season, shutouts, with six. However, the 6'2" right hander finished the Texas League season second in ERA, wins and strikeouts, while he was third among pitchers in complete games and winning percentage. After a September promotion to Houston, Wilson never pitched another minor league game, becoming a key member of the Astros rotation from 1967 until his untimely death in January 1979.

William "Lucky" Wright - Pitcher

The dominant hurler on the legendary 1902 Corsicana club that won 86 of 108 games, William "Lucky" Wright started 43 games that season, completed 42, won 35, while losing just eight times. During Corsicana's 27 game winning streak (June 8-July 5), Wright won 10 times, including four in succession, single games on June 26 and 28, and a doubleheader on June 29th. The first game of the doubleheader is the only start that Wright did not complete that season. Ejected late in the game after a dispute with the lone umpire assigned to the game, Wright returned to start the second game, winning yet another complete game. Wright's 35 wins, 42 complete game and 385 innings pitched all remain Texas League single-season records.

Hank Wyse - Pitcher

A durable right hander for three Texas League clubs over six seasons from 1941-1952, Hank Wyse won 20 games twice, both for Tulsa in 1941 and 1942, when he produced a combined 40-15 record for the Oilers. For his career, Wyse is fourth all-time in the league with a 2.71 ERA, fourth all-time with a .650 career winning percentage (89-48) and tied for seventh in league history with 20 shutouts.

Anthony Young - Pitcher

A 38th round draft pick by the New York Mets in 1987, three years later, Anthony Young produced one on the most dominant seasons by a Texas League pitcher in recent league history. A post-season all star and the 1990 Texas League Pitcher of the Year, Young led the loop in wins with 15, winning percentage with a .833 mark and a 1.65 ERA, which was 62 points lower than the pitcher directly behind him. Young's ERA in 1990 was the lowest in the League since Fort Worth's Johnny Van Cuyk posted a 1.42 average in 1946 and remains the 8th lowest ERA to lead the league since the statistic began being published in 1916.