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In 1955 the Arizona-Texas League became the Arizona-Mexico League. The circuit continued only four more seasons before the class C league bid adieu to baseball. During these four seasons more than 1,700,000 fans went through the gate. The Cananea Mineros was the only team to win more than one league title, taking two back to back, in 1955 and 1956. They drew 347,247 fans those two years.

An independent league of the same name was founded in 2003 and lasted two weeks before shutting down. Three weeks prior to the start of the season Ciudad Juarez Hawks of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua were moved to Tecate, Baja California and became the Tecate Cerveceros. The highest profile player was former MLB outfielder Chuck Carr who signed with Bisbee-Douglas as a player/coach on May 7. The league folded on June 17 after both the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings and Nogales Charros ran out of money.

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[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1955-1958

[edit] Teams and Statistics

[edit] 1955-1958

1955 Arizona-Mexico League
President: Tim Cusick

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Cananea Mineros 86 53 .619 0 213,074 Memo Garibay
Yuma Sun Sox 83 57 .593 3.5 79,083 Whitey Wietelmann
Phoenix Stars 80 59 .576 6 74,185 Jerry Gardner
Mexicali Eagles 78 62 .557 8.5 59,787 Art Lilly
Tucson Cowboys 66 74 .471 20.5 70,973 Don Jameson
Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings 63 77 .450 23.5 45,567 Everett Robinson
Globe-Miami Miners 51 87 .370 34.5 33,886 Ballinger / Reddell / Campbell
Nogales Yaquis 49 87 .360 35.5 74,145 Arteaga / Aros / Nunez / Galina
No Playoffs Scheduled. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Moises Camacho Mexicali BA .363 Charlie Peete Tucson W 24
Ellis Burton Phoenix Runs 140 Olaf Nelson Phoenix W 24
Ruben Amaro Mexicali Runs 140 Charlie Peete Tucson SO 322
Humberto Barbon Nogales/Yuma Hits 202 Fernando Ramirez Mexicali ERA 2.95
Claudio Solano Cananea RBI 164 Humberto Barbon Nogales/Yuma HR 38


1956 Arizona-Mexico League
President: Tim Cusick

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Cananea Mineros 75 56 .573 0 134,173 Memo Garibay
Douglas Copper Kings 73 58 .557 2 42,059 Jerry Gardner
Nogales Diablos Rojos 71 59 .546 3.5 60,000 Carlos Galina
Phoenix Stars 70 59 .543 4 60,017 Bill Capps
Yuma Sun Sox 66 65 .504 9 35,076 Whitey Wietelmann / Bill Harris
Mexicali Eagles 63 65 .492 10.5 74,417 Larry Barton / Artie Wilson
Tucson Cowboys 57 71 .445 16.5 40,000 Don Jameson
Tijuana Potros # 17 59 .224 NA 30,000 Virgilio Arteaga
#Tijuana disbanded June 28.
Playoffs: Cananea 3 games,Yuma 0. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Walter Tyler Yuma BA .392 James Johnson Phoenix W 19
Claudio Solano Cananea Runs 147 Amador Guzman Nogales W 19
Walter Tyler Yuma Hits 208 George Perez Cananea W 19
Claudio Solano Cananea RBI 174 John Ivory Smith Tucson SO 217
Claudio Solano Cananea HR 45 Joe Orrell Tijuana/Mexicali ERA 2.70


1957 Arizona-Mexico League
President: Charles S. Hollinger

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Phoenix Stars 89 48 .650 0 70,063 Bob Hooper
Cananea Mineros 76 56 .576 10.5 103,571 Claudio Solano / Daniel Rios
Douglas Copper Kings 68 69 .496 21 27,949 Bob Clear
Las Vegas Wranglers 62 74 .456 26.5 35,804 Red Marion
Tucson Cowboys 62 77 .446 28 28,157 Don Jameson / Ernest Choukalos
Mexicali Eagles # 51 84 .378 37 54,591 Artie Wilson / Manuel Magallon
#Mexicali disbanded September 6 and forfeited 10 remaining games.
Playoffs: None Scheduled. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Claudio Solano Cananea BA .402 Candido Andrade Tucson W 20
Barry Shetrone Phoenix Runs 151 Bob Clear Douglas W 20
Barry Shetrone Phoenix Hits 199 Candido Andrade Tucson SO 260
Claudio Solano Cananea RBI 159 Donald Bruns Phoenix ERA 3.59
Claudio Solano Cananea HR 41


1958 Arizona-Mexico League
President: Charles S. Hollinger

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Douglas Copper Kings 68 52 .567 0 25,315 Bob Clear
Tucson Cowboys 66 54 .550 2 42,257 Harry Dunlop
Nogales Mineros 59 59 .500 8 48,887 Memo Garibay
Chihuahua Dorados 56 62 .475 11 59,917 Leonel Aldama
Juarez Indios 55 64 .462 12.5 59,847 Epitacio Torres / Serrell / Ramirez
Mexicali Eagles 53 66 .445 14.5 55,649 Felipe Hernandez
Playoffs: None Scheduled. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Jose Medrano Mexicali BA .385 Jose Ibarra Chihuahua W 19
Jose Podilla Nogales Runs 136 Manuel Estrada Nogales SO 244
Jose Medrano Mexicali Hits 173 Kermit Kowalk Tucson ERA 3.04
Jose Echeverria Chihuahua RBI 126 Jose Echeverria Chihuahua HR 35

[edit] Source

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second Edition. (1955 - 1958).




[edit] 2003

2003 Arizona-Mexico League Logo
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