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After the 1970 season both the 8-team Texas League and the 8-team Southern League lost a member. With unbalanced numbers, they decided to join in 1971 to form the Dixie Association. The eastern division teams (all 6 from the SL) played each other and the central division teams. The western division teams (all 4 from the TL) played each other and the central division teams). The four central division teams (three from the TL plus the Birmingham A's from the SL) played each other and both other divisions. Then the top two SL and TL teams faced off in a playoff (the top two eastern teams met in the SL playoff, while the central and western teams met in the TL playoff) and finally the Charlotte Hornets beat the Arkansas Travelers in the only Dixie Association Championship. The TL and SL still maintained separate league leaders, All-Star teams and statistics despite some "interleague" play in the odd arrangement. The Dixie Association lasted just one year.

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[edit] Teams and Statistics

[edit] 1971 Southern Association

1971 AA Southern League (Dixie Association)
President: Sam C. Smith

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Charlotte Hornets 92 50 .648 0 69,132 Harry Warner
Asheville Tourists 90 51 .638 1.5 46,976 Larry Sherry
Montgomery Rebels 73 69 .514 19 45,110 Dick Tracewski
Jacksonville Suns 63 77 .450 28 58,751 Ray Hathaway
Savannah Braves 57 84 .404 34.5 60,712 Eddie Haas
Columbus Astros 51 91 .359 41 19,950 Cliff Davis
Birmingham A's 48 93 .340 43.5 33,275 Phil Cavarretta
Played an interlocking schedule with the Texas league known as the Dixie Association.
Playoff: Charlotte 2 games, Asheville 1. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Minnie Mendoza Charlotte BA .316 Jim MacDonnell Asheville W 17
Ken Hottman Asheville Runs 99 Dick Rusteck Charlotte W 17
Minnie Mendoza Charlotte Hits 163 Chris Floethe Birmingham SO 225
Ken Hottman Asheville RBI 116 Dick Rusteck Charlotte ERA 2.40
Ken Hottman Asheville HR 37


[edit] Teams and Statistics

[edit] 1971 Texas League

1971 AA Texas League (Dixie Association)
President: Bobby Bragan

East Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Arkansas Travelers 75 64 .540 0 101,000 Jack Krol
Memphis Blues 69 70 .496 6 96,410 John Antonelli
Shreveport Captains 69 73 .486 7.5 44,662 Les Moss
West Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Amarillo Giants 88 54 .620 0 66,117 Andy Gilbert
Dallas-Ft. Worth Spurs 82 59 .582 5.5 213,249 Cal Ripken, Sr.
Albuquerque Dodgers 67 75 .472 21 165,308 Monty Basgall
San Antonio Missions 63 77 .450 24 47,113 Walt Dixon
Played an interlocking schedule with the Southern league known as the Dixie Association.
Playoff: Arkansas 2 games, Amarillo 0. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Enos Cabell Dallas/Ft.Worth BA .311 Wayne Garland Dallas/Ft. Worth W 19
Billy North San Antonio Runs 91 Tommy Moore Memphis SO 160
Enos Cabell Dallas/Ft. Worth Hits 162 Wayne Garland Dallas/Ft. Worth ERA 1.71
Gary Matthews Sr. Amarillo RBI 86 Larry Fritz Memphis HR 20

[edit] Championship Playoff

The Charlotte Hornets beat the Arkansas Travelers for the first and only Dixie Association Championship.


[edit] Source

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second Edition.

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