Amarillo Texans

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The Amarillo Texans joined the Western League in 1927 after the St. Joseph Saints moved to Amarillo to capitalize on a new ballpark. It was the first time the Western had included a team from Texas. They went 66-87 in their first year, 34 and a half games out of first and just 3 ahead of last. No player led the league in any category or made the All-Star team.

The team started '28 in okay form, going 36-39 in the first half for a 6th-place finish. The second half was a far different story, as the team collapsed, going just 24-54, the worst mark in the latter part of the season. Of note was the appearance of Ox Eckhardt, getting the first significant playing time of his impressive minor league career. Eckhardt led the Western in triples while splitting the season between the Texans and the Wichita Larks.

After 1928, the franchise moved to Topeka where they became the Topeka Jayhawks. The Western's first shot at Texas had been a distinct failure and travel costs had been excessive.

Source: "The Western League" by W.C. Madden and Patrick Stewart

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1927 66-87 6th Joe Kelly none
1928 60-93 7th Sled Allen / Tom Connelly / L.A. Ripperton