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The Sophomore League was a class D league that ran from 1958-61. It had previously been known as the Southwestern League. The name change was part of a systemic change. The circuit went from being one with almost no ties to major league baseball and composed of minor league veterans to a league where every team was the farm club of a major league team and prospects of varying quality appeared.

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[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] Hall of Fame Alumni


[edit] Yearly Standings

[edit] 1958 Standings

Team Record GB Manager
East Standings
Midland Braves 72-48 - Travis Jackson / Earl Halstead / Ernie White
San Angelo Pirates 61-59 11 Al Kubski
Plainview Athletics 50-70 22 Vincent Plumbo
West Standings
Artesia Giants 63-57 - Jodie Phipps
Hobbs Cardinals 59-61 4 Wayne Wallace
Carlsbad Potashers 55-65 8 Tony York

Playoff: Midland 3 games, Artesia 1

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Jim Smith Hobbs BA .372 John Aherns Hobbs W 18
Duncan Campbell
Gary Krupsky
San Angelo
Artesia
Runs 116 Ervin Moore Plainview SO 175
James McClain Artesia Hits 161 Les Bass Midland ERA 3.47
Craig Sorenson Carlsbad RBI 114 Les Bass Midland Pct .889; 16-2
Kenneth Clark Hobbs HR 27


[edit] 1959 Standings

Team Record GB Manager
North Standings
Carlsbad Potashers 72-54 - Walt Dixon
Hobbs Cardinals 70-54 1 Thurman Tucker
Plainview Athletics 60-65 11 1/2 Bobby Hofman
Artesia Giants 50-75 21 1/2 Jodie Phipps
South Standings
Alpine Cowboys 88-34 - Eddie Popowski
Midland Braves 56-70 34 Jimmy Brown
Odessa Dodgers 54-69 34 1/2 Roy Hartsfield
San Angelo Pirates/Roswell Pirates 48-77 41 1/2 Al Kubski / Joe Bauman / Walter Millies

Playoffs: Alpine 2games, Hobbs 0; Carlsbad 2 games, Midland 0.

Finals: Alpine 2 games, Carlsbad 0.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Emiliano Telleria San Angelo/Roswell BA .358 Don Schwall Alpine W 23
Bob Stotsky Alpine Runs 132 Terry Barber Odessa SO 214
Bob Stotsky Alpine Hits 156 Jack Warner Carlsbad ERA 2.41
Bob Carruthers Plainview RBI 119 Jack Warner Carlsbad Pct .812; 13-3
Gil Carter Carlsbad HR 34

[edit] 1960 Standings

Team Record GB Manager
Alpine Cowboys* 76-52 - Dick Kinaman
Hobbs Pirates** 70-58 6 Al Kubski
Carlsbad Potashers 66-64 11 Verlon Walker
Artesia Giants 62-68 15 George Genovese
Albuquerque Dukes 57-72 19 1/2 Bert Thiel
Odessa Dodgers 57-74 20 1/2 Edward Serrano

Playoff: Hobbs 2 games, Alpine 1.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Gil Garrido Artesia BA .362 Ken Whitmore Hobbs W 16
Roberto Pena Hobbs Runs 121 Jose Santiago Albuquerque SO 217
Jesus Alou Artesia Hits 188 Jose Santiago Albuquerque ERA 3.30
Dick McLaughlin Odessa RBI 109 Frank Bork Hobbs Pct .789; 15-4
Lewis Bishop Carlsbad HR 23

[edit] 1961 Standings

Team Record GB Manager
Hobbs Pirates* 77-48 - Al Kubski
El Paso Sun Kings 73-57 6 1/2 George Genovese
Albuquerque Dukes** 64-63 14 Grady Wilson
Alpine Cowboys 62-63 15 Mel Parnell
Carlsbad Potashers 56-71 22 Lou Klein / Walt Dixon
Artesia Dodgers 48-78 29 1/2 Spider Jorgensen

Playoff: Hobbs 3 games, Albuquerque 0.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Tommie Martz Hobbs BA .387 Jim Little Hobbs W 17
Jose Cardenal El Paso Runs 159 Fred Hatter Alpine SO 201
Jose Calero El Paso Hits 180 John Drysdale Artesia ERA 3.32
Mike Maloney Albuquerque RBI 109 Jim Little Hobbs Pct .850; 17-3
Jose Cardenal El Paso HR 35


[edit] League Records

Batting
Stat Player Team Tot Yr
GA Damaso Blanco
Jose Calero
El Paso Sun Kings
El Paso Sun Kings
130
130
1961
1961
BA Tommie Martz Hobbs Pirates .387 1961
AB Jesus Alou Artesia Giants 534 1960
Runs Jose Cardenal El Paso Sun Kings 159 1961
Hits Jesus Alou Artesia Giants 188 1960
RBI Bob Carruthers Plainview Athletics 119 1959
2B Jose Cardenal El Paso Sun Kings 39 1961
3B Dick McLaughlin Odessa Dodgers 19 1960
HR Jose Cardenal El Paso Sun Kings 35 1961
TB Jose Cardenal El Paso Sun Kings 336 1961
SB Jose Cardenal El Paso Sun Kings 64 1961
BB Dick Dietz El Paso Sun Kings 159 1961
SO Gil Carter Carlsbad Potashers 147 1959
Pitching
Stat Player Team Tot Yr
GA Jack Warner Carlsbad Potashers 54 1959
CG Don Schwall
Lynn Rube
Alpine Cowboys
Hobbs Cardinals
29
29
1959
1959
W Don Schwall Alpine Cowboys 23 1959
L James Doyle Plainview Athletics 16 1959
PCT Les Bass Midland Braves .889 16-2 1958
ERA Jack Warner Carlsbad Potashers 2.41 1959
IP Gary Modrell Alpine Cowboys 241 1959
SHO Dennis O'Melia
John Hanes
Plainview Athletics
Albuquerque Dukes
4
4
1959
1960
SO Jose Santiago Albuquerque Dukes 217 1960
BB James Acton Artesia Dodgers 156 1961
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