King Ranch - Baseball Team

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ball, anywhere, anytime, under any conditions. management would rather have'manner.. , them'tee * game as sportsmenj The Cowboys have hved C ° rpU5 And King Ranch Cowboy mana- than to wm one acting in any othei ithpt advice ever since. KING RANCH COWBOYS--Front row, left to right: Gilbert Rodriquez, short stop, Piano Garcia, first base; Arnando Saenz, center field; Lefty Tony Rodriquez, pitcher; Jesus Garcia, catcher; Lupe Juarez, left field; Alberto Buentello, pitcher. Back row: Miguel Ochoa, right field; Andres Sotox, catcher; Lorenzo Mendietta, pitcher; Jesus Muniz, pitcher; Gonzalo Gonzales, second base; Sesario Cavazos, catcher; Enrique Bazan, third base,; and Jesus Garza, manager. King Ranch Cowboys Colorful, Unnsual Baseball Aggregation By 9AXE TKtJSSEUi Csller-Time* Correspondent KIKGSVILLE (Sp)--The K i n g Pinch Cowboys are undoubtedly i -e ot the most colorful and unique ) \seball teams in the history of t e game. They are also a very i ug-h semi-pro cJub that has Batata- s'-hed a record of 93 wins against : * losses in the past four years of i mpetition while meeting 'the best : mi-pro teama available in their i -ss. The King Ranch nine, managed 1 · astute Jesus Garza, can claim t e distinction of having played for veral yeara In the largest base- JAnv" ball hit' fence at least mile : om home plate. More frankly, 1 -e Cowboys had their « K-den stands facing north across - e of the many vast pastures of t -e King Ranch. The only fence i i sight was a blurry line of wire i id posts bordering the KlngsviHe- /.Hco highway far off In the windswept windswept distance. tackled the Cowboys in their home] park will vouch for, . : The park has been '"assaulted' 1 by the best semi-pro hitters avail-! able, but there never has been a : home run hit over the Assault Park fence. Not even since 1951.' when a special wire fence bordering bordering the outfield at something approaching approaching regulation baseball distances distances was erected. STo Homers "When the new- fence was built, we decreed that any ball hit j through the fence, or that rolled under it. was a ground rule double. ! * _ . . _ ^ \\ « _ 3 i . _ _ . » _ it was homer. . . nocked a. ball over thst fence for an honest home run." The Cowboys called that field Assault Park- Assault Park! That's a story in itself. It was named after Assault, the first Texas-bred Kentucky Derby winner, th« horse which copped the winner's crown in the 1946 Run for the Roses. It was well named, in more *vay» than one, as even." member tit the Co%vboys will testify, and every .slugger who evtr stepped up to the plate on any of the many vSsStlng teams that have Today Che King Ranch Cowboys have a Sunday in and Sunday out home schedule that brings the best teams available to their park. They play almost all their games at home due to several reasons. Rabid Fans One is that they have a rabid group of fans who assure visiting teams performing before a full house. Another is that -half the men on the team are actually Cowboys on the King Ranch, and most of the other half have regular day jobs in Kingsville during -the illcll , week. They prefer to play at his eyes' " home, .due to. toueh working as- ,,.? ^ ,, f*r Garza quite readily" admit* that his te*m it not going to play the Wildcat*. j Garza exptejns it this way. "In 1951, "'T scheduled three games with the Wildcats, and we won all three. The Wildcat fans complained of our umpiring, etc. The came year I scheduled three games with the old MoPac All Stars, and we lost all three. We didnjt : alibi; Instead, when-the All Stars- broke up, we asked some of their top players to join ua, and they did. To Avoid Arguments" "There is such an intense feeling existent between the Wildcat fans and our fans, that J don't think it I is a good thing to start the argu- i merits all over again by scheduling {them. After all, we beat them three times, and'our aim now is to play the best out of town teams available and give our fam^ the best competition possible." This season the Cowboys had won 2 and lost 2, Into early April an'd during April, May. and early June had the ! following schedule lined ut. San Antonio Travellers, Kingsville Navy, · Harlingen AfB, Sintort Independents, Casa Pasquel of .Nuevo Laredo, 'Mexico; . Edinburg Edinburg Merchants, Burton Auto Supply Supply of Weslaco, Rivas y Belfort of Nuevo Laredo, and Grand Prize of San Antonio. During the past four years the Cowboys have hosted teams from Monterrey, Mexico, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Piedras -Negras, Mexico; Nueveo Laredo, Mexico; and many other towns and cities in South Texas. . · _. ' Their record by seasons against that type competition is as follows: 1949 won 21, lost 10; 1950, won 24, lost 9; 1951, won 26, lost 7; 1952, won 23, lost 11. · Last year the team realized a net profit of $1,100 at the end of the season. The' management dipped into that money to buy each man a line sweater,' and then the- players players split the remainder of the profits. profits. May Install Lights In the tuture, manager Gbrza states, the team hopes to "plow under" its profits toward betterment betterment of the team, the field, the stands, and perhaps in the not too distant future to the purchase and! erection of lights. j "Then," Garza says, a gleam in Only the home t .due to. tough working as signments each Jlonday. The team is made up of King: Ranch cowboys (just as the name implies) and some of the top talent in Kingsvtllo. The Cowboy's number one rival for popularity in Kingsville is the Latin American Kingsville- Wild couple of nights a week, as well as Sunday Sunday afternoons." Former Rep. Richard Kleberg, Sr., attends many of the Cowboys games and certainly could be listed listed as one of their ardent backers. Kleberg's Advice Garza tells a story about a game in 1950 which'Dick Kleberg watch- cats, who have a baseball park ed from the stands of their own on the outskirts of Kingsville. The Cowboys were playing- Raymondville, Raymondville, and the Raymondville nine had a Negro player. At one point in the contest things became voun^*- -·* n»n --. _n n v. «.._.._..i _.._ _ _* *.i Distances from home plate are 350,down the third base line, 410 in center field, and 320 down the first base foul line. The fact that the shortest distance from home plate, down first base, is pointed cast into a prevailingly s t r o n g spring and summer wind is one reason that Assault Park remains hamerless. Built Up Team The King Ranch team was actually actually formed over 10 years ago, but not until I8t8 dSd it assume the stature of a prominent South Texas semi-pro nine. That was when Jesus Garra. became manager. manager. Garza, who is n painter's helper at the Missouri Pacific railroad railroad shops by trade, told the team when he became manager that his aim was to bulW up the schedule! ._ __. ... ,_ . _ , . ..,, ,,...,,,, and build up^thejenni. That aimjoutst«ndin£"chaUYnges7o"'the"bo\v^ . . · 'boys to play them a game of. base-'and that he and the Kins Ratich We 'KING RANCH Developers of We salute the world-famous King development and improvement in and for better range grasses, a new strain of Kmg Ranch has made a great into being the entirely new Santa between Brahma and Hereford, is-of tant, fattens quickly and : easily without high ratio. We feel that the Santa take pride in this King Ranch Compeie for Crowds The Wildcats have a young. ; a uule TOU 2 h arcunc i onc of tne | %«*? wJE^fflSS' £3! ·*', ffitffi Lb d !; /o, fh w^ilr h . 0t ' ^ nfortunat e- viouslv unnecessar\' punishment, i for the Wildcats, the compeb- A t the following Tuesday's prac r h ' ' Ranch Cowboys have the ed up and addressed the team. fans G arza save, in essence, Dick , e c e , c sewed up lock, stock, and barrel. Kieberg told the members of the 1 that_hist The Wildcats are currently, for} King Ranch Cowboys to always re- scheaulejthe second year. In n. row, hurling (member that a visiting' team dc- WILMINGTON,

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  1. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times,
  2. 12 Jul 1953, Sun,
  3. Page 109

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