Texas-Oklahoma League

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There were two short-lived class D leagues that were called the Texas-Oklahoma League. The first began in 1911 and finished in 1914 (half of the eight teams withdrew less than halfway through that '14 campaign) and the second didn't even last that long, being active only in 1921 and 1922. The leagues did have interesting team names, especially for the era, like the Corsicana Gumbo Busters, Wichita Falls Irish Lads, Denison Katydids and Gainesville Blue Ribbons.


Cities Represented 1911-1914[edit]


Teams and Statistics 1911-1914[edit]

1911 Texas-Oklahoma League - schedule 1st half - 2nd half
President: F.P. St. Clair

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Wichita Falls Irish Lads 65 38 .631 - Fred Morris, Sr. / Dick Naylor
Durant Educators 65 46 .586 4 W.W. Washington / Joe Connors / Brownlow
Cleburne Railroaders 61 50 .550 8 Will Reed / Jiggs Donahue / Dad Ritter
Bonham Boosters 54 60 .474 16.5 Jimmy Humphries
Ardmore Blues 49 58 .458 18 Emmett Rogers / Hillis / George McAvoy
Altus Chiefs ### 31 44 .413 NA Muggsy Monroe / Sam Campbell / Partain
Gainesville Blue Ribbons # 19 30 .388 NA John Stone /George Morris
Lawton Medicine Men ## 17 31 .354 NA Cap Metcalf / C. Pinkerton

# Gainesville disbanded June 14.
## Lawton disbanded June 16.
### Altus disbanded July 18.
Playoff: Abandoned with Wichita Falls leading Cleburne 2 games to 1, when Wichita Falls refused to continue due to an ineligible player and non-payment of gate receipts for a game in Cleburne. Cleburne was declared champion.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Art Naylor Wichita Falls BA .377 Hetty Green Wichita Falls W 18
Bill Brown Wichita Falls Runs 79 Roy Grady Durant SO 181
Art Naylor Wichita Falls Hits 136 Hetty Green Wichita Falls PCT .783 18-5
Clifford Witherspoon Wichita Falls HR 16


1912 Texas-Oklahoma League - schedule
Presidents: Tom D. Newcomb / C.O. Johnson

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Ardmore Giants 62 32 .660 - George McAvoy
Bonham Tigers 53 35 .6022 6 Roy Leslie
Sherman Cubs 56 37 .6021 6.5 Jimmy Humphries
Wichita Falls Drillers 52 38 .578 8 Fred Morris
Denison Katydids 44 49 .473 17.5 Horace Covington / Hart McCormick
Durant Choctaws/Durant Hustlers 26 64 .289 34 Hetty Green / Mitchell / Deardorff / Harper
Greenville Highlanders # 14 25 .359 NA Richard Atkins /Bill Harper
McKinney # 6 33 .154 NA Alfred Scott / Art Pennell / Blair Kerr

# McKinney and Greenville disbanded June 7.
Playoffs: Wichita Falls was leading Ardmore 2 games to 1 when Ardmore disbanded August 1. The title was awarded to Wichita Falls.


Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bill Brown Wichita Falls BA .326 Bud Napier Sherman W 20
George McAvoy Ardmore Runs 68 Ewell Russell Bonham SO 227
Art Naylor Ardmore Hits 105 Bud Napier Sherman PCT .741 20-7
Fred Morris Wichita Falls HR 9


1913 Texas-Oklahoma League - schedule
President: C.O. Johnson

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Denison Blue Sox 82 39 .678 - Babe Peebles
Paris Boosters 80 45 .640 4 Jack Jutze
Texarkana Tigers 73 53 .579 11.5 Dad Ritter / Dee Poindexter
Sherman Lions 68 58 .540 16.5 Jimmy Humphries
Bonham Blues 56 68 .452 27.5 Roy Leslie
Wichita Falls / Hugo # 54 70 .435 29.5 Fred Morris
Ardmore Giants 43 80 .350 40 Art Naylor / Whitey Hewitt / Pelkey / Gordon
Durant Choctaws 41 84 .328 43 Dick Speer

# Wichita Falls (33-46) moved to Hugo July 7.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ray Nagle Paris BA .310 Joe Pate Texarkana W 23
Fred Nicholson Wichita/Hugo Runs 90 Ben Tincup Sherman SO 233
Fred Nicholson Wichita/Hugo Hits 147 James Haislip Denison Pct .769; 20-6
Ray Wakefield Denison SB 80 Grady Higginbotham Denison Pct .769; 20-6


1914 Texas-Oklahoma League - schedule
President: C.O. Johnson

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Paris Snappers 77 39 .664 - Johnny Fillman
Texarkana Tigers 79 41 .658 - Dad Ritter
Denison Champions 68 49 .581 9.5 Babe Peebles
Durant Gladiators 46 73 .387 32.5 Fred Morris / Jimmy Humphries
Bonham Sliders ## 47 58 .448 NA Senter Rainey / Kid Nichols
Sherman Lions ## 30 75 .286 NA Dolly Gray / Charlie Moran / Harry Webber
Ardmore Indians # 26 25 .510 NA Brooks Gordon
Hugo Scouts # 19 32 .373 NA Lon Ury / Leo Nevitt

# Hugo and Ardmore disbanded June 11.
## Bonham and Sherman disbanded July 30.
Playoff: Texarkana 3 games, Paris 1.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Bill Stellbauer Texarkana BA .351 Dickie Kerr Paris W 22
Ray Nagle Paris Runs 80 Joe Neeley Bonham/Denison SO 198
Bill Stellbauer Texarkana Hits 151 Tex Covington Hugo/Denison PCT .800; 16-4
Harry O'Neill Texarkana HR 7

Cities Represented 1921-1922[edit]


Teams and Statistics 1921-1922[edit]

1921 Texas-Oklahoma League - schedule
President: A.M. Keisker

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Paris Snappers 89 38 .701 - Red Snapp
Ardmore Peps 87 40 .685 2 Coon Bates / Thompson / Chelette / Sled Allen
Bonham Favorites 57 71 .445 32.5 G.D. Pittman / Virgil Moss
Cleburne Generals 51 75 .398 37.5 M.H. Robertson / Pete Dillon / William Hopper
Graham / Mineral Wells # 49 79 .383 40.5 Ed Appleton/Roy Akin/C. Van Zandt//Eli Boggus
Sherman Lions 48 78 .381 40.5 Babe Peebles / Curley Maloney

# Graham (5-24) moved to Mineral Wells May 27, first home game May 30.
Playoff:Ardmore 4 games, Paris 4; Ardmore refused to play at Paris. Paris was named champion.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Olin Nokes Mineral Wells BA .355 George Phillips Paris W 26
Roswell Higginbotham Paris Runs 101 Sam Gray Sherman SO 237
William Hopper Cleburne Hits 145 George Phillips Paris PCT .839 26-5
G.C. Rainey Graham/Mineral Wells/Sherman HR 11


1922 Texas-Oklahoma League - schedule
President: J. Doak Roberts

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Paris Snappers 72 36 .667 - Red Snapp
Greenville Togs 66 40 .623 5 Bennie Brownlow
Corsicana Gumbo Busters 56 46 .549 13 Chuck Miller / Harvey Grubb
Ardmore Producers 49 60 .450 23.5 Curley Maloney / Elia Boggus
Sherman Red Sox 48 60 .444 24 Grady Higginbotham
Mexia Gushers 47 60 .439 24.5 Roy Akin
Bonham Bingers ## 39 53 .424 NA Les Tullos
Cleburne Generals # 36 58 .386 NA Lindy Hiett

# Cleburne disbanded July 22.
## Bonham was dropped July 22 when Cleburne disbanded, even though the franchise was on solid financial ground.
The season was shortened to August 6 with National Association permission due to a railroad strike. The league did not disband.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Chink Taylor Paris BA .369 Sam Gray Paris W 23
Joe Bratcher Paris Runs 100 Sam Gray Paris SO 219
Joe Bratcher Paris Hits 138 Edwin Bryan Greenville PCT .864 19-3
Edward Seely Greenville HR 21

Hall of Fame Alumni[edit]

Source[edit]

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second and Third Editions.