Texas Association

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The first incarnation of the Texas Association lasted from 1896-1898. It returned as a six-team minor league that ran from 1923-1926. It was rated as a class D league. In total there were nine teams, all from Texas, that played during the four year life of the league. Austin, Corsicana and Mexia fielded a team for each year. There was no successful effort made to organize the league in 1927.


Cities Represented 1896-1898[edit]

Teams & Statistics[edit]

1896[edit]

1896 Texas Association
President: John L. Ward / Louis Hueurmann

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Houston Buffaloes 81 49 .623 - W.G. Garson/Charlie Shaffer
Galveston Sand Crabs 69 61 .531 12 Bill Works/Jack Huston/Pete Weckbecker
Austin Senators 60 70 .462 21 George Blackburn/Robert Burns/Frank Weikart
San Antonio Bronchos 57 71 .445 23 Daniel Crotty/Mike Lawrence/Mike O'Connor
Fort Worth Panthers $ 71 29 .710 NA George Carman/Sport McAllister
Sherman Students/Paris Texas Midlands # 44 49 .473 NA Frank Ryan/Russell Steinhoff
Denison Indians $ 41 51 .446 NA Carey Peacock/Mike O'Connor
Dallas Navigators $ 25 68 .269 NA Billy Earle/Harry Pritchard/George Blackburn

Playoffs: Houston 5 games Galveston 2
# Sherman (25-27) disbanded June 10; Paris played the next day, assuming Sherman's record; the franchise disbanded August 2
$ Denison, Ft. Worth, Dallas and Paris folded August 2
The league started as the Texas-Southern League and was renamed the Texas Association in July. Three separate seasons were played; when Ft. Worth dropped out of the championship series, Houston was declared first and second series winner.


Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Mike O'Connor Denison/San Antonio BA .395 John Roach Houston W 29
Jimmy Slagle Houston Runs 171 Dale Gear Ft. Worth PCT .828 24-5
Jimmy Slagle Houston Hits 216
Mike O'Connor Denison/San Antonio HR 18
Jimmy Slagle Houston SB 86
Charlie Shaffer Houston SB 86

1897[edit]

1897 Texas Association
President: Louis Hueurmann

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Galveston Sand Crabs 72 44 .621 - Jack Huston
Sherman-Denison Tigers/Waco Tigers # 64 58 .525 11 Pete Weckbecker/Pearce Chiles/Joe Dowie
Fort Worth Colts 60 60 .500 14 John Wolover
Dallas Defenders 51 73 .411 25 John McCloskey
Paris Texas Midlands 41 82 .333 34.5 Duke Jantzen/Daniel Boland/Robert Burns
San Antonio Bronchos @ 68 44 .607 NA Mike O'Connor
Houston Buffaloes % 60 54 .526 NA George Reed/Charlie Shaffer
Austin Senators + 53 54 .495 NA Frank Weikart

# Sherman-Denison (44-41) transferred to Waco July 11
+ Austin disbanded August 4
@ San Antonio dropped out to even the league August 6
% Houston disbanded August 13

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Kid Nance Galveston BA .395 J.B. Hayes Houston ERA 1.10
Jake Gettman Ft. Worth Runs 122
Kid Nance Galveston Hits 185
Jake Gettman Ft. Worth SB 55

1898[edit]

1898 Texas Association
President: John L. Ward

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Galveston Sand Crabs 19 16 .543 - Thomas Turner
Houston Buffaloes 16 17 .485 2 George Reed
Dallas Colts # 13 8 .619 NA John McCloskey
Austin Senators $ 18 12 .600 NA Mike O'Connor
Fort Worth Panthers # 10 10 .500 NA Jess Reynolds
San Antonio Bronchos $ 7 20 .259 NA Tom Farley/Arthur Rutherford/Kid Fears

# Ft. Worth disbanded April 30; Dallas was dropped to even the league
$ Austin and San Antonio disbanded May 10

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Thomas Turner Galveston BA .429 Charles McDonald Galveston W 7
Thomas Turner Galveston Runs 48 Charles McDonald Galveston SO 54
Thomas Turner Galveston Hits 66 Elmer Stricklett Dallas PCT .857 6-1
Thomas Turner Galveston HR 9

Cities Represented 1923-1926[edit]

Teams & Statistics[edit]

1923[edit]

1923 Texas Association - schedule
President: W. R. Davidson

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Mexia Gushers 80 60 .571 - Hub Northen
Austin Rangers 72 66 .522 7 Rankin Johnson
Sherman-Denison Twins 72 67 .518 7.5 A. B. Sands / Otto McIvor
Corsicana Oilers 68 70 .493 11 Harvey Grubb
Marlin Bathers 65 73 .471 14 Walt Alexander
Waco Indians 59 80 .424 20.5 Falk / H. House / Reynolds / Comstock

Playoff: Austin 3 games, Sherman 3. The series was declared a tie when the two clubs could not agree upon a site for the deciding game.

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Tom Pyle Sherman BA .359 Clarence Tiner Mexia W 23
Tom Pyle Sherman Runs 94 Murray Richburg Sherman SO 197
Tom Pyle Sherman Hits 199 Harvey Muns Sherman PCT .690; 20-9
Don Flynn Waco/Austin HR 22

1924[edit]

1924 Texas Association - schedule
President: A. B. Johnson

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Corsicana Oilers 83 42 .664 - John Vann
Marlin Bathers 73 55 .570 11.5 Walt Alexander
Waco Indians 65 64 .504 20 Otto McIvor / Tom Carson
Mexia Gushers 60 68 .469 24.5 Tuffy Fowlkes
Austin Rangers 54 72 .429 29.5 Cecil Griggs / Fats Fleharty / Otto McIvor
Temple Surgeons 48 82 .369 37.5 Rankin Johnson

Playoff: None

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Joe Munson Carlson BA .346 Charles Gressett Marlin W 22
Bill Etheredge Corsicana Runs 106 Tex Nugent Temple SO 176
Bill Etheredge Corsicana Hits 159 William Hollis Corsicana PCT .789; 15-4
Stephen Barrett Corsicana HR 27


1925[edit]

1925 Texas Association - schedule 1st half - schedule 2nd half
President: J. G. McIntosh/Charles L. Glover

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Corsicana Oilers 85 48 .639 - John Vann
Mexia Gushers 76 57 .571 9 Frank Matthews
Temple Surgeons 74 59 .556 11 Roy Mitchell
Austin Senators 63 70 .474 22 Bennie Brownlow
Marlin Bathers / Palestine Pals # 58 75 .436 27 Fred Pipkin / Tommy McMillan
Terrell Terrors 43 90 .323 42 Otto McIvor / Ed Fulton / Pete Adams

# Marlin moved to Palestine May 13.

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Clyde Glass Mexia BA .367 Joe Cantrell Corsicana W 22
Cotton Tucker Temple Runs 129 Dick Whitworth Austin SO 152
Smead Jolley Corsicana Hits 180 Bob Arnold Mexia PCT .706; 12-5
Clyde Glass Mexia Hits 180
Stan Keyes Terrell HR 28

1926[edit]

1926 Texas Association
President: Mark H. DeWitt

Team Standings W L PCT GB Managers
Austin Senators 73 49 .598 - Charles Miller
Palestine Pals 72 53 .576 2.5 Jack Stansbury / Bob Countryman
Mexia Gushers 63 62 .504 11.5 Frank Matthews
Terrell Terrors 56 68 .452 18 Jimmy Maloney
Temple Surgeons 56 69 .448 18.5 Roy Mitchell
Corsicana Oilers 53 72 .424 21.5 John Vann

Playoff: Palestine 3 games, Austin 0.

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Clyde Glass Mexia BA .361 Dick Whitworth Austin W 24
Jimmie Long Mexia Runs 99 Dick Whitworth Austin SO 176
Jimmie Long Mexia Hits 164 Les Cox Palestine SO 176
Norman Peterson Austin HR 29 Carl Littlejohn Austin PCT .824; 14-3

Source[edit]

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second and Third Editions