Hot Springs Bathers
|Hot Springs Bathers|
(1887, 1894, 1897–1898, 1906, 1908–1909, 1938–1941, 1947–1955)
Hot Springs, Arkansas
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Cotton States League (1938–1941, 1947–1955)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1941, 1948, 1950|
The Hot Springs Bathers were a Cotton States League baseball team based in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States, that played from 1938 to 1941 and from 1947 to 1955. In 1938, they were affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. In 1939 and 1940, they were affiliated with the Detroit Tigers. From 1948 to 1951, they were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox. They were affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1955. From 1938 to 1941, they played at Whittington Park/Ban Johnson Park, and from 1947 to 1955 they played at Bathers Field/Jaycee Park/Majestic Park.
In 1953, the Cotton States League attempted to evict the Bathers from the league because they signed and planned to play two African-American baseball players, brothers Jim and Leander Tugerson. The eviction was not permanent, however the brothers were never able to play in any regular season games for the team.
The franchise made a misguided return to the spotlight in the One Nation Under Balboni League. This revival has been highlighted by an almost mathematically impossible 1-17 record vs the Asheville Moonshiners over an 8 year period.