Longhorn League

Longhorn League

The Longhorn League was the name of a Minor league baseball circuit that operated from 1947 through 1955 in the Southwestern United States. In 1956, it was renamed the Southwestern League and operated through 1957 before changing its name to the Sophomore League.

Member teams

  • Artesia Drillers (1951-1953)
  • Artesia NuMexers (1954-1955)
  • Ballinger Cats (1947-1950)
  • Big Spring Broncs (1947-1954)
  • Big Spring Cosden Cops (1955)
  • Carlsbad Potashers (1953-1957)
  • Del Rio Cowboys (1948)
  • Hobbs Sports (1955)
  • Lamesa Lobos (1953)
  • Midland Indians (1947, 1949-1950, 1954-1955)
  • Odessa Oilers (1947-1955)
  • Roswell Rockets (1949-1955)
  • San Angelo Colts (1948-1955)
  • Sweetwater Braves (1952)
  • Sweetwater Sports (1947-1948)
  • Sweetwater Spudders (1954)
  • Sweetwater Swatters (1949-1951)
  • Vernon Dusters (1947-1952)
  • Wichita Falls (1954)
  • Winters-Ballinger Eagles (1953)

Championship teams

  • 1947 - Ballinger Cats
  • 1948 - Midland Indians
  • 1949 - Big Spring Broncs
  • 1950 - Odessa Oilers
  • 1951 - Odessa Oilers
  • 1952 - Midland Indians
  • 1953 - Carlsbad Potashers
  • 1954 - Artesia NuMexers
  • 1955 - San Angelo Colts

Fact

Joe Bauman has been recognized by historians as the best player in the league's history. Bauman joined the league in 1952 with Artesia, and won the triple crown after hitting a .352 batting average with 59 home runs and 157 runs batted in. He also led the circuit in home runs, RBI and walks (148). In 1953, he finished first in homers (53), runs scored (135) and walks (130). He moved to Roswell in 1954 and hit .400 with 72 home runs and 228 RBI, good to win the triple crown again. He also set a professional record for home runs in a regular season, until Barry Bonds topped it in 2001. Bauman dropped to .336 and 46 home runs in 1955, and belted 17 homers in just 52 games during 1956. He retired after that season.

Sources

  • Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball – Lloyd Johnson, Miles Wolff. Publisher: Baseball America, 1993. Language: English. Format: Paperback, 420pp. ISBN 0-9637189-1-6