Great Texas Sport: Baseball

The Texas Rangers are a baseball team located in Arlington, Texas, and are members of the American League West division in Major League Baseball.

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Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a newcomer to the game, baseball is a great sport to watch. It’s also a popular sport to bet on, with many people choosing to wager on their favorite teams.

If you’re new to betting on baseball, or if you’re looking for ways to improve your chances of winning, this guide can help. We’ll cover the basics of how to bet on baseball, including the different types of bets you can make and the factors you should consider when placing your bets.

The Early Years

Although a professional game was not established until 1869, baseball in some form or another has been around since the early 1800s. It is thought that the game was created by a man named Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York. Baseball gradually became popular and by the late 1800s, it had become the national pastime.

The Texas League

The Texas League is a Minor League Baseball league which operates in the South Central United States. It is classified as a Double-A league. Like other Double-A leagues, it is considered to be a step below Major League Baseball (MLB). However, unlike Major League Baseball’s two Double-A leagues—the Eastern League and the Southern League—the Texas League has two Class A affiliates.

The Texas League began play in 1888. It was then called the Texas Association. The Association disbanded after one year. At that time, several cities in Texas and Louisiana formed the Southwestern League. In 1898, the Western League changed its name to the American League, and five years later, the whole league changed its name to the American Association. After another change of name to simply the Association in 1907, the league disbanded for good in 1910.

On September 5, 1902, at Houston’s West End Park, future Chicago White Sox star Frank “Home Run” Baker hit his only Minor League home run to help lead his team, the Houston Buffaloes, to victory over Galveston 11-7 .

In 1958, plan were made for both a Eastern Division and a Western Division in what would become Mixedvard ball. Amarillo joined Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth.(the VPOs), El Paso , Houston (the Buffs) , San Antonio , Shreveport (the Blanks or Bruins) , Tulsa ( Oilers ) Wichita Falls(Spudders).

The Big Leagues

In 1903, the first modern World Series was played between the Boston Americans (now the Red Sox) and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The American League had only been in existence for two years at that point, and the Series was a way to determine which league was superior. The Pirates ended up winning the Series in eight games, but the American League quickly established itself as the dominant league.

One of the most famous moments in World Series history occurred in Game One of the 1912 Series between the New York Giants and the Boston Red Sox. With the score tied at two in the bottom of the ninth inning, Boston’s Smokey Joe Wood came to bat with runners on first and third. He hit a line drive to center field that looked like it would be a game-winning hit, but Giants center fielder Fred Merkle failed to touch second base, instead running towards the clubhouse to celebrate with his teammates. This prevented any chance of a double play and gave New York a 3-2 victory. The rule governing this play, which has since become known as “Merkle’s Boner,” was changed in 1918.

The First World War interruptedd baseball’s growth, but by 1920 it had firmly established itself as America’s Pastime. That year saw one of baseball’s most famous players, Babe Ruth, hitting a then-record 54 home runs for the New York Yankees. Ruth’s legendary status was only increased by his performance in that year’s World Series, where he hit three home runs to help his team defeat Brooklyn in what would become known as “The Bronx Zoo series” due to all of its controversies.

Ruth continued to dominate baseball throughout the 1920s, setting new records for home runs in a season (60 in 1927) and career (714). He was so popular that when he retired from baseball in 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt called him “the greatest figure in sport.” Ruth’s records would stand for nearly 40 years until they were finally broken by another Yankee great, Mickey Mantle.

The Golden Age

The late 1940s and early 1950s were a golden age for Texas baseball. The Texas League, a minor league, thrived, as did college baseball. During this time, several Texas teams played in the Negro Leagues. The integration of Major League Baseball in 1947 brought black players to the big leagues, including those from Texas.

The 1950s

The 1950s were the golden age of Texas baseball. It was a decade of great players and great teams, of championships and cult heroes. For many fans, the 1950s were the best years of their lives.

The decade started off with a bang, as the 1951 Texas League welcomed two new teams, the Austin Senators and the Fort Worth Cats. Both teams quickly became fan favorites. The Senators featured a young outfielder named Frank Robinson, who would go on to become one of baseball’s all-time greats. The Cats had a talented team that included future major leaguers Billy Goodman, Gil Hodges, and Earl Torgeson.

In 1952, the Dallas Eagles won the Texas League championship. The Eagles were led by a dynamic duo: center fielder Willie Mays, who would go on to become one of baseball’s all-time greats, and pitcher Billy O’Dell, who would win 21 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 1955.

The 1953 season saw the Fort Worth Cats win their first Texas League championship. The Cats featured a talented team that included future major leaguers Billy Goodman, Gil Hodges, and Earl Torgeson.

1954 was a banner year for Texas baseball. Three Texas teams won championships: the Houston Buffs in theTexas League, the Beaumont Exporters in the Big State League, and the Austin Pioneers in the Lone Star League.

The 1950s ended on a high note as two Texas teams won championships in 1959:the HoustonBuffalo Hunters intheTexasLeagueandtheEl PasoSun Kingsin theeasternDivisionof theeL Paso太平洋西北联盟。

The 1960s

The 1960s were a golden age for baseball in Texas. The Dallas-Fort Worth area was home to two major league teams, the Houston Colt .45s (now the Astros) and the expansion Washington Senators (now the Rangers). The San Antonio Bullets (now the Missions) were a Triple-A team, and the Austin Pioneers (now the Round Rock Express) were a Double-A squad. Baseball was booming in Texas.

In 1961, the Colt .45s became the first major league team in Texas when they began play in Houston. The team was not very good, but they had a star in third baseman Eddie Mathews. Mathews was a five-time All-Star and he hit 512 home runs during his Hall of Fame career. The Colt .45s would move to the National League in 1962 and change their name to the Astros in 1965.

The Senators began play in Washington, D.C. in 1961. The team was not very good, but they had a star in outfielder Frank Howard. Howard was a two-time All-Star and he hit 382 home runs during his career. The Senators would move to Arlington, Texas after the 1971 season and become the Rangers.

The Astros would win their first National League pennant in 1980 behind rookies of the year Jose Cruz and Terry Puhl. The Astros would go on to lose to the Kansas City Royals in seven games in the National League Championship Series.

The Rangers would win their first American League pennant in 2010 behind stars Josh Hamilton and Michael Young. The Rangers would go on to lose to the San Francisco Giants in five games in the World Series.

The Modern Era

It all started in 1845 with the first official game taking place in Hoboken, New Jersey. Alexander Cartwright and the New York Knickerbockers established the rules of modern baseball. The era of professional baseball began in the 1870s with the foundation of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players.

The 1990s

In Texas, the Houston Astros were the dominant team of the decade having made the playoffs in 1980, 1981, 1986, 1989, and 1990. The Astros would make it again in 1991 with a 108-54 record (best in MLB) but would lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 7 games in the NLCS. The1991 season was significant because it was during this time that baseball underwent a change with the implementation of divisional play and a playoff system. From this moment on, there would be four teams from each division that would make it to the playoffs each year instead of just two. Following this change, teams became more competitive as they now had a better chance at making playoffs which led to higher revenues for everyone involved.
Other noteworthy teams during this time included the Atlanta Braves who won their division every year from 1991-2005 (except for 1994) and won the World Series in 1995. The New York Yankees also became dominant, appearing in every World Series from 1996-2001 and winning four championships.

The 2000s

In the early 2000s, the Houston Astros were led by a core group of players that included future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, and Morgan Ensberg. The Astros also had strong pitching from Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Roy Oswalt. In 2005, the Astros made it to their first World Series. They played against the Chicago White Sox, who were also making their first appearance in the Fall Classic. The Astros lost the series in four games.

In 2010, the Rangers made it to their first World Series. They faced off against the San Francisco Giants. The Rangers lost the series in five games.

In 2011, the Rangers made it back to the World Series. They faced off against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rangers lost the series in seven games.


While baseball may not be the most popular sport in Texas, it is certainly a revered pastime. The state has produced some of the biggest names in the game, including Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, and Hank Aaron. Baseball fans in Texas are passionate about the sport and take great pride in their teams.

Whether you’re a fan of the Rangers, the Astros, or any other team in the state, you can be sure that baseball is alive and well in Texas.

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