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Southwest International League

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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.

Cities Represented[edit]

Teams and Statstics[edit]

1951-1952[edit]

1951 Southwest International League
President: Les Powers

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
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
Bisbee-Douglas 64 80 .444 24 57,786 Syd Cohen
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
Playoff: Mexicali 4 games, Phoenix 1. Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
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

Team Standings W L PCT GB Attend Managers
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.

Player Statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
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
Pete Hughes Tijuana RBI 131
Pete Hughes Tijuana HR 28
Refugio Bernal Mexicali HR 28
Pete Hughes Tijuana BB 180

Source[edit]

The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Second Edition.