School started 3 weeks ago and they called me to substitute all but the
first day. We have a terriffic teacher shortage in McClennan County and
Waco and that was like an old horse which pulled fire wagon pumpers
hearing the fire hall bell go off. Keep telling myself I retired in 1989,
but subbing keeps the intellect stimulated.
The only thing I remember about the Fort Worth Cats and the Texas League
starts with Dixie Stasey I attended high school with. Her brother Bobbie
Joe used to pitch for the Roswell team against Fort Worth. & others. he
returned to Chalk Mountain to livestock & crop farming and played on
Johnsville team in the Bosque Valley League on Sunday afternoons. Teams
were from Hico, Iredell, Johnsville, Dublin, White Settlement (Fort
Worth) and Grandbury or Tolar. Bob Ford of Johnsville pitched 7 innings
no hit , age near 50 against these players who took the game seriously.
Walnut Springs had a field and team in connection with theRailroad.
Whgen Ben Franklin Wyly came from the Wyly Atlanta, Ga. Wholesale
Grocery, Ben F. Jr. had 9 sons and a daughter. The boys formed a baseball
team,, with Janice Wyly Slaughter (Roswell) as bat girl. They challenged
all comers- college, Railroad, high school, or whoever and beat most of
them. Ben Sr. is buried at Comanche and he or his son B.F. (Barefoot)
Wyly ran the Galveston Compress with the name Barefoot Wyly readable from
ships in the Houston ship channel.
The Fort Worth Cats stadium was north of the Trinity River across from
the Tarrant County Courthouse. It was flood plain before the levees were
built. Across North Main was the original Tripple A or Tripple X Root
Beer stand with a water tank size root beer barrell on the top. i don't
know all the Texas League teams, but Roswell, Lubbock, Fort Worth, &
seems Abilene and possibly Tyler was in it. The stadium was still used in
1950 when I started working at Convair, but not sure when the League
disbanded- seems before that.
On Fri, 14 Aug 1998 10:21:40 -0600 Sue Skinner <rowdy(a)yucca.net> writes:
charles a Wyly wrote: .... <snip . .....
Bobby Joe had played in the old Texas League for Roswell against the
Fort Worth Cats.
Dear Charles A. Wyly,
Would love to hear what you can relate about the old Texas League ..
Dad grew up near Morgan Mill. After he married Ottis Blackwell from
Lipan, Hood County, they lived at Tolar and he was a ball player in
early 1900's. At least one year Mom ran a boarding house for the team
members. Dad was Irving Mack Patterson. His "Uncle Dave", David
Patterson was an Erath County Commissioner in the early 1900's.
Grandmother, Trecy Louella Hightower Patterson and two sons are buried
at Hightower Cemetery between Morgan Mill and Lipan. There is also a
Patterson Plot there where many of the other Patterson Clan are
Many thanks .. I love reading your posts .. even when I don't know the
Sue Patterson Skinner