Local resident Helen Cozart is working on an article for the West Texas Historical Association and needs your help. During the oil boom years, Eastland County and the surrounding area was home to many baseball teams. The West Texas League was thriving, with six teams from Mineral Wells to Abilene. Here at home we had the Ranger Nitros, Cisco Scouts, Eastland Judges, and Gorman Buddies.
In addition to the West Texas League, which was a minor league affiliated with major league baseball teams and has official statistics, there were also two other leagues: an oilfield league and a Negro league. The oilfield league had teams from major oil companies such as the Texaco Stars and the Magnolias playing regionally, while the Negro league played across the entire state.
Helen is trying to gather information about the individual players, stories about “that one game,” and other great tales. If you have actual memorabilia, like shirts or advertisements, she would love to view it and photograph it. Please share your story or photograph for inclusion in this paper by contacting Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org. All photos and other paper items will be scanned and returned.