The Texas League: 100 Years Ago Today

Houston Baseball: The Early Years, 1861-1961

Houston Baseball:
The Early Years,

One Hundred years ago today, January 5, 1915, the following brief news story appeared in the Waco Morning News:


Baseball Magnates Will Adopt Schedule at Meeting Saturday

Texas League magnates will meet at Galveston Saturday for the purpose of adopting the playing schedule for the 1915 baseball season. This will be the last meeting before the opening of the baseball season.

Austin is still in the league. The adoption of a schedule was delayed, on account of the possibility of the Austin franchise being purchased by Shreveport. Doak Roberts of Houston is chairman of the schedule committee.

~ Waco Morning News, Tuesday, January 5, 1915, Page 6


As things turned out, the Austin franchise actually did move to Shreveport (LA) in 1915. The Austin Senators had finished the 1914 Texas League season as the 8th and last place member of the Texas League with a dismal record of 31 wins and 114 losses and would have been a hard sell at the turnstiles in 1915. Playing the 1915 season under new owners as the Shreveport Gassers, the transplants finished that season better, moving up to 6th place with a record of 62 wins and 85 losses. During that same transition, the 1914 Houston Buffs slipped from a first place tie with the Waco Navigators at a shared mark of 102 wins and losses to a 1915 finish in 5th with place with a record of 68 wins and 74 defeats, again under manager Pat Newnam, but with s more than slightly different level of playing talent. Last place Galveston had to disband with league permission on August 20, 1915 after a hurricane destroyed their ballpark.

For even better and more complete historical information on Houston baseball, baseball activity in Galveston, and the story of the Texas League from a Southeast Texas point of view, please do yourselves a favor and order your copy of “Houston Baseball: The Early Years, 1861-1961” while copies of the limited printing first and possibly only edition still remain available at best prices before their values climb to the sky as collectors’ items.

“Houston Baseball, et al” was rigorously researched and written by members of Larry Dierker Chapter of SABR (The Society for American Baseball Research) from 2011 to 2014, and that doesn’t even include the years of time that some of us put into the research effort on our own in the interest of producing an academically sound and entertaining right history of Houston’s rich baseball heritage. The book we produced was not intended for ego or profit, but for the sake of the truth as our legacy to the libraries that will preserve and make this story available to readers for uncountable generations to come.

The book is still available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon online, and through some of the remaining Barnes and Noble stores in Houston that still may have copies in stock. Otherwise, you are also free to call or e-mail SABR Chapter Chair Bob Dorrill to see if he may have some copies that remain for direct sale.

The contact numbers for Bob Dorrill are: by Cell at 281-630-7151 or by E-Mail at

"Buffalo Watching" By Patrick Lopez ~ The 368 page "Houston Baseball:The Early Years" is filled with the beautiful art work of Patrick Lopez and hundreds of historic photos.

“Buffalo Watching”
Patrick Lopez
~ The 368 page “Houston Baseball:The Early Years” is filled with the beautiful art work of Patrick Lopez and hundreds of historic photos.

If you are a real baseball fan, order your copy today. Your great-grandchildren will be glad you did.


One Response to “The Texas League: 100 Years Ago Today”

  1. Tom Hunter Says:

    You finally wore me down, Bill. I received a gift certificate to Barnes & Noble for Christmas, and placed an order today at my local bookseller here in Denver for “Houston Baseball: The Early Years, 1861-1961.” Looking forward to it.

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