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There have been three entries known as the Lone Star League in the annals of minor league baseball. The longest-running circuit was the first, going from 1927 through 1929 in class D. In 1947 a class C operation was started with the name and it played for two years before ending its existence. The class C league fielded some fine teams and developed some good talent, but it fell a little quicker then many post war leagues due to falling attendance and a tough financial situation. In 1977 the Gulf States League was renamed the Lone Star League but this class A loop, entirely composed of non-affiliated teams, only played for one year. No champion was declared because Corpus Christi refused to play in a playoff after taking both halves of the tougher Southern division. The class A league made no effort to operate the following year and it appears that the Lone Star League may have played for the last time, or at least in the foreseeable future.


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[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] 1927-1929 class D


1927 Class D
President: Patrick Newnam

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Palestine Pals 69 51 .575 - Rip Ripperton
Texarkana Twins 67 53 .558 2 Charlie Miller
Mexia Gushers 68 55 .553 2.5 Les Hayes / Jim Kendrick / Abe Bowman
Tyler Trojans 63 55 .534 5 George Jackson
Paris Snappers 54 67 .446 15.5 Earl "Red" Snapp/T. H. Fisher
Corsicana Oilers 48 72 .400 21 Les Nunamaker / Bennie Brownlow
Marshall Indians # 12 17 .414 NA Abe Bowman
Longview Cannibals # 9 20 .310 NA Bennie Brownlow
Longview withdrew May 21 and the league voted Marshall out to
even up the number of teams. Both teams disbanded May 22.

Playoffs: Tyler 4 games, Mexia 2;

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Carl Reynolds Palestine BA .376 Gene McClung Corsic/Mex W 21
Buster Wisrock Marsh/Tyl Runs 87 Gene McClung Corsicana/Mexia W 21
Carl Reynolds Palestine Hits 180 E. H. McBride Long/Cors SO 139
Tom Pyle Tyler HR 26 Atlas Carter Mexia Pct .810; 17-4


1928 Class D
President: Patrick Newnam

Team Name W L PCT GB Managers
Texarkana Twins 75 47 .615 - Charlie Miller
Palestine Pals 72 51 .585 3.5 Walt Alexander
Tyler Trojans 67 53 .558 7 George Jackson
Mexia Gushers 55 66 .455 19.5 Roy Leslie
Corsicana Oilers 55 68 .447 20.5 Ray Falk
Paris Colts/Rustlers 42 81 .341 33.5 Abe Bowman / Connally Ludwick / Turkey Gross
Playoffs: Palestine 4 games, Texarkana 1;
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Charlie Dorman Tyler BA .408 Ed Hopkins Texarkana W 19
Charlie Dorman Tyler Runs 122 Ed Hopkins Texarkana SO 134
Charlie Dorman Tyler Hits 188 Phil Gallivan Texarkana Pct .750; 15-5
Charlie Dorman Tyler HR 39


1929 Class D
President:T. H. Fisher

Team W L GB Pct. Manager
Tyler Trojans 12 8 .600 - Roy Leslie
Palestine Pals 12 8 .600 - Dillard Payne
Sherman Snappers 9 9 .500 2 Earl "Red" Snapp
Texarkana Twins # 6 14 .300 6 Ray Corgan
#Texarkana disbanded May 16 and the league disbanded later that date.

Player Statistics

Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Clyde Pratt Sherman BA .442 Leon Pettit Tyler W 5
Embert Mueller Tyler Runs 25 Leon Pettit Tyler SO 40
Clyde Pratt Sherman Hits 34 Leon Pettit Tyler Pct 1.000; 5-0
Ed Kallina Sherman HR 6
John King Tyler Hr 6

[edit] 1947-1948 class C

1947 Class C
President: Fred Nicholson

Team Name W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Kilgore Drillers 78 60 .565 - 71,685 Joe Kracher
Longview Texans 78 61 .561 .5 73,134 Jesse Landrum
Marshall Comets 76 63 .547 2.5 51,494 Jerry Feille /Paul Kardow
Tyler Trojans 76 64 .543 3 64,810 Hack Miller
Jacksonville Jax 73 67 .521 6 37,817 Watty Watkins
Lufkin Foresters 72 68 .514 7 42,692 Dixie Parsons
Henderson Oilers 65 72 .474 12.5 50,000 Ray Honeycutt
Bryan Bombers 38 101 .273 40.5 36,817 Mike Mistovich / Harry Logan / Joe Moore
Playoffs: Kilgore 4 games, Tyler 0;
Marshall 4 games, Longview 1; Finals: Kilgore 4 games, Marshall 2;
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
John Stone Henderson BA .396 Jake Henson Jacksonville W 21
Lew Morton Henderson Runs 145 Robert Ross Kilgore W 21
Bob Marquis Lufkin Runs 145 Okie Flowers Longview SO 218
John Stone Henderson Hits 224 Frank Martin Longview ERA 2.55
John Stone Henderson RBI 185 Robert Ross Kilgore PCT .750 21-7
John Stone Henderson HR 32


1948 Class C
President: Fred Nicholson

Team Name W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Kilgore Drillers 94 44 .681 - 67,255 Joe Kracher
Longview Texans 89 50 .640 5.5 65,033 Dixie Parsons
Tyler Trojans 77 63 .550 18 67,101 Hack Miller
Henderson Oilers 69 70 .496 25.5 48,116 Sturdy / Stone / Miller / Hicks
Bryan Bombers 66 74 .471 29 43,513 Jesse Landrum
Gladewater Bears 59 81 .421 36 48,056 Jim Dalrymple / Arthur Nelson
Marshall Tigers 55 83 .399 39 38,940 Harry Davis / Red Jones
Lufkin Foresters 48 92 .343 47 46,037 Red Jones / Stan Bartkowski / Fred Millican
Playoffs: Kilgore 4 games, Henderson 3;
Longview 4 games, Tyler 3; Finals: Kilgore 4 games, Longview 0;
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Joe Kracher Kilgore BA .433 Ralph Pate Longview W 23
Al Kubski Longview Runs 140 Willis Chamness Kilgore SO 162
Allen Cross Kilgore Hits 193 Otho Nitcholas Tyler ERA 1.97
John Stone Henderson RBI 146 Ralph Pate Longview PCT .885 23-3
John Stone Henderson HR 23

[edit] 1977 class A


1977 Class A
President: Vernon L. Harrison

North Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
Victoria Rosebuds 38 42 .475 0 14,198 Tom Zimmer
Beeville Blazers 37 43 .463 1 7,150 Bill Bryk
Texas City Stars 35 41 .461 1 12,305 Al Gallagher
South Standings W L PCT GB ATTEND Managers
Corpus Christi Seagulls 53 27 .663 0 93,137 Leo Mazzone
Harlingen Suns 40 38 .513 12 68,203 Paul Thomas / Mike Krizmanich
McAllen Dusters 33 45 .423 19 35,752 Shannon Kelly / Jack Allen (minors02)
Playoffs: None. Corpus Christi refused to play. Victoria and Texas City cancelled
their series for a North Division championship.
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Ken Jones Beeville BA .393 Nick Baltz Beeville W 12
Mike Manderino Beeville Runs 76 Armando Reyes Corpus Christi SO 101
Lloyd Thompson Corpus Christi Hits 109 Armando Reyes Corpus Christi ERA 2.59
Charles Diering Victoria Hits 109 Jim Rainey Corpus Christi RBI 67
Mark Sinovich Corpus Christi HR 16

[edit] Source

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second and Third Editions

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