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The Fort Worth Panthers (also known as the Fort Worth Cats) began play in 1888 as one of the first teams in the Texas League. The team derived its name from a Dallas newspaper criticizing crime in the region and saying that the main drag was "the noonday lair of the panther." The team from Fort Worth, TX won titles in 1895, 1905, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1939 and 1948 for 12 titles in 64 years (the league did not operate in 1898, 1900-1901 or 1943-45). The early 1920s edition was one of the strongest upper mid-level minor-league teams (equivalent to AA today) ever as the team won both the first and second half of the schedules six years in a row. The Panthers played home games at Haines Park 1907-10, Morris Park 1911-14, Panther Park 1915-28, and LaGrave Field 1929-31.

In 1959 the team joined the expanding American Association and went 81-81, 5th in the 10-team league. In 1960 they merged with the Dallas Rangers to form the Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers. Future editions of the club used the Fort Worth Cats name more exclusively instead of alternating between the two names.

Source: "The American Association" by Bill O'Neal


Five Panthers clubs are considered among the greatest minor league teams of all time:

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1888 21-27 -- Burney / Firie Team disbanded July 4
1889 45-51 5th J. Horsfield / Patrick Welch League disbanded August 12
1890 17-28 5th John Fogerty League disbanded June 10
1895 77-39 2nd T. P. Richards / George Reilly / Fernandez League Champs
1896 71-29 -- Carmen / McAllister Team disbanded August 2
1902 48-62 3rd Ted Sullivan none
1903 49-59 4th Con Lucid / Fred Scatzke / Billy Disch
1904 71-30 1st Fred Willis Lost League Finals
1905 72-59 1st B. Hubbrd / Fred Willis none League Champs
1906 78-48 1st (t) Frederick Canender Could not field team for playoffs
1907 61-78 5th Walter Salm / Walt Boles none
1908 68-74 5th Dan Curtis / Henry Deiters none
1909 73-71 6th Frederick Cavender none
1910 76-62 3rd Walter Morris none
1911 80-67 2nd Walter Morris none
1912 59-81 7th Walter Morris none
1913 70-83 6th Walter Morris / William Nance none
1914 71-77 5th William Nance (32-33) / Jake Atz (29-34) none
1915 81-72 3rd William Nance (31-31) / Jake Atz (50-41) none
1916 71-74 5th Jake Atz (46-34) / Otto McIvor (25-40) none
1917 90-71 2nd Jake Atz none
1918 47-39 2nd Jake Atz League suspended operation July 7
1919 94-60 1st Jake Atz Lost League Finals
1920 108-40 1st Jake Atz none League Champs
1921 107-51 1st Jake Atz none League Champs
1922 109-46 1st Jake Atz none League Champs
1923 96-56 1st Jake Atz none League Champs
1924 109-41 1st Jake Atz none League Champs
1925 103-48 1st Jake Atz League Champs
1926 83-73 3rd Jake Atz none
1927 77-79 4th Jake Atz none
1928 83-73 3rd Jake Atz
1929 84-76 4th Jake Atz (41-39) / Frank Snyder (43-37)
1930 84-69 4th Frank Snyder League Champs
1931 90-70 3rd Art Phelan
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