Dallas–Fort Worth Spurs

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Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs
19651971
Fort Worth, Texas
Class-level
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
  • Spurs
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles None

The Dallas–Fort Worth Spurs were an American minor league baseball team in the Texas League from 1965–1971.[1] The team played in Turnpike Stadium in Arlington, Texas.[2]

The Spurs were created when the Triple-A Dallas Rangers moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1965.[3] With the opening of Turnpike Stadium, the Double-A Texas League's Fort Worth Cats, an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, moved into the new venue and adopted the regional Dallas-Fort Worth designation and the Spurs nickname.[2]

The Spurs were affiliated with the Cubs (1965–1967),[4][5] Houston Astros (1968),[6] and Baltimore Orioles (1969–1971).[7][8] In its affiliation with Baltimore, the team featured future Major League players Don Baylor,[7] Bobby Grich,[7] Enos Cabell,[8] and Wayne Garland,[8] along with managers Cal Ripken Sr.[8] and Joe Altobelli[7] and batboy Cal Ripken Jr.

The Spurs set many Texas League attendance records, especially after Turnpike Stadium expanded to a capacity of 20,500 in 1970.[9] The Dallas-Fort Worth area was considered a prime location for an expansion team or a re-located franchise. Indeed, Turnpike Stadium had been built specifically to attract a major-league team to the Metroplex. That dream nearly came to fruition when the National League expanded in 1969. But the league instead expanded to Montreal, with the Montreal Expos.[10]

Two years later, the struggling Washington Senators received American League permission to transfer to the area in 1972 as the Texas Rangers,[11] who moved into Turnpike Stadium (expanded and renamed Arlington Stadium).[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Franchise History since 1902 at texas-league.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  2. ^ a b The History of Baseball in Fort Worth at fwcats.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  3. ^ Pacific Coast League (AAA) Encyclopedia and History at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  4. ^ 1965 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  5. ^ 1967 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  6. ^ 1968 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  7. ^ a b c d 1969 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  8. ^ a b c d 1971 Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  9. ^ A look at historic stadiums in Dallas-Fort Worth area at pe.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  10. ^ The Team That Nearly Wasn’t: The Montreal Expos by Maury Brown at hardballtimes.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  11. ^ Historical Moments at sportsencyclopedia.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
  12. ^ Arlington Stadium at ballparks.com, URL accessed December 30, 2009. Archived 12/30/09
Preceded by
Fort Worth Cats
Chicago Cubs
Double-A affiliate

1965–1967
Succeeded by
San Antonio Missions
Preceded by
Amarillo Sonics
Houston Astros
Double-A affiliate

1968
Succeeded by
Savannah Senators
Preceded by
Elmira Pioneers
Baltimore Orioles
Double-A affiliate

1969–1971
Succeeded by
Asheville Orioles