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Fort Worth Flashback: Cats hosted many big-league players

Posted May 17, 2013

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Fort Worth is no stranger to minor league baseball. The city founded a minor league team in 1888, and that team became known as the Fort Worth Panthers after an old story that people had claimed to see a panther asleep on Main Street.

The Cats, whose name was shortened by local journalists, enjoyed success from the beginning. They were one of the original members of the Texas League and played in that league from its founding until 1959.

In the early to mid-1920s, the Cats won six straight Texas League titles and went on to win the Dixie Series in all but one of those years. The Dixie Series pitted the champions of the Texas League against the Southern League champs.

During these years, the Cats also hosted various major league clubs who were making their transition from spring training into the regular season. Many hall of famers — Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby, to name a few — made their way through Fort Worth.

The Cats’ 2013 season opens May 23.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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