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Southwest International League
Formed in 1951 by the merger of the Sunset League and Arizona-Texas League, the Southwest International League lasted just two seasons as a class C league. In '51, Tijuana's players went on strike for not being paid on a regular basis. In '52, the league attempted to draw excitement with an all-black team, which was originally supposed to play half of its games in the US and half in Mexico, but instead settled in Porterville, California. Only 4 of the 6 entries survived the complete '52 season.
- Bisbee, AZ & Douglas, AZ: Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings 1951, moved from Arizona-Texas League 1950, moved back 1952
- Ciudad Juarez, MEX: Juarez Indios 1951, moved from Arizona-Texas League 1950, moved back 1952
- El Centro, CA: El Centro Imperials 1951, moved from Sunset League; El Centro Imps 1952
- El Paso, TX: El Paso Texans 1951, moved from Arizona-Texas League 1950, moved back 1952
- Las Vegas, NV: Las Vegas Wranglers 1951-1952, moved from Sunset League
- Mexicali, MEX: Mexicali Eagles 1951-1952, moved from Sunset League
- Phoenix, AZ: Phoenix Senators 1951, moved from Arizona-Texas League 1950, moved back 1952
- Porterville, CA: Porterville Comets 1952
- Franchise started the season as Riverside-Ensenada, became Riverside-Porterville, moved to Porterville April 25, then Disbanded August 1, 1952.
- Tijuana, MEX: Tijuana Potros 1951-1952, moved from Sunset League
- Tucson, AZ: Tucson Cowboys 1951, moved from Arizona-Texas League 1950, moved back 1952
- Yuma, AZ: Yuma Panthers 1951-1952, moved from Sunset League
Teams and Statstics
1951 Southwest International League
President: Les Powers
|El Paso Texans||88||56||.611||-||104,061||Art Lilly|
|Juarez Indios||87||57||.604||1||68,000||Victor Manuel Canajes / Red Kress|
|Phoenix Senators||83||61||.576||5||65,320||Wayne Tucker|
|Mexicali Eagles||81||63||.563||7||88,426||Virgilio Arteaga / Dee Moore|
|Las Vegas Wranglers||72||71||.503||15.5||48,000||Newt Kimball|
|Tucson Cowboys||68||75||.476||19.5||62,841||Ken Meyers / Bud Dawson|
|Tijuana Potros||65||79||.451||23||55,000||Luis Montes de Oca / Enrique Fernandez|
|El Centro Imperials||59||85||.410||29||23,847||Red Kress / Bud Beringhele|
|Yuma Panthers||52||92||.361||36||50,557||Ray Viers / Don Jameson|
|Raymon Vargas||Juarez/El Paso||BA||.377||Vince Gonzales||Juarez||W||32|
|Eduardo Cruz||Juarez||Runs||135||Memo Luna||Tijuana||SO||318|
|Ramon Vargas||Juarez/El Paso||Hits||229||Memo Luna||Tijuana||ERA||2.52|
|Ramon Vargas||Juarez/El Paso||RBI||149||Manuel Echeverria||Mexicali||PCT||.824 14-3|
|Herman Lewis||Phoenix||HR||23||Tony Ponce||Phoenix||CG||38|
1952 Southwest International League
President: Harry Ledell
|Tijuana Potros||80||56||.588||-||45,000||Fernando Paredes|
|Mexicali Eagles||74||57||.565||3.5||35,239||Dolf Luque / Virgilio Arteaga|
|Las Vegas Wranglers||70||66||.515||10||53,200||William DeCarlo|
|Yuma Panthers||62||68||.477||15||52,280||Lou Bekeza|
|Porterville Comets #||39||59||.398||NA||32,000||Chet Brewer|
|El Centro Imps ##||28||47||.373||NA||12,000||Bud Beringhele / Frank Gabler / Henry Savin|
# Franchise started the season as Riverside-Ensenda, became Riverside-Porterville, moved to Porterville April 25, then disbanded August 1.
## El Centro disbanded July 13.
|Pete Hughes||Tijuana||BA||.366||Joe Orrell||Tijuana||W||21|
|Walter Tyler||Porter/Yuma||BA||.366||Silverio Rodriguez||Mexicali||SO||209|
|Joe Clardy||Las Vegas||Runs||142||Joe Orrell||Tijuana||ERA||2.01|
|Joe Clardy||Las Vegas||RBI||202||Joe Orrell||Tijuana||Pct||.875; 21-3|
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second Edition.