HISTORY

February 15, 1952, The first black umpire in Organized Ball, Emmett L. Ashford, signed to work in the Class C Southwest International League.

April 6, 1932, In one of the highest scoring games in pro baseball history, Albuquerque defeated El Paso 43-15 to open the Arizona-Texas League season. Playing at Tingley Field in Albuquerque, El Paso scored 11 runs in the top of the first inning. The game was played in 2 hours and 40 minutes, despite the two clubs combining for 46 hits, 58 runs and 12 errors. The contest saw only one home run, but 13 triples and 10 doubles were hit.

May 4, 1956, Eight homers were clubbed in Cananea’s bandbox park as the Mineros beat Phoenix 17-12 in an Arizona-Mexico League encounter, for a total of 19 in two successive games, Cananea outfielder Claudio Solano, who hit a pair of round-trippers the day before against Douglas, came up with three more against Phoenix for a total of five in two games. Cananea set a loop mark by stealing 10 bases as another feature of the victory.

May 9, 1957, Phoenix blanked Mexicali 29-0.

May 19, 1958, The Arizona-Mexico League standings showed a rarity when it read all six clubs tied for first place with identical 9-9 records.

May 26, 1957, Cananea scored 17 runs in the seventh inning and swamped Douglas 30-9.

May 26, 1957, Las Vegas, Arizona-Mexico League,  made 13 errors in a 12-6 loss to Douglas.

May 30, 2003, The Arizona-Mexico League returns after a 45-year hiatus. Bisbee-Douglas, playing at Bisbee’s Warren Ballpark hosted Cananea and lost 5-2 in front of 1,800 Bisbee fans.

June 13, 1957, Outfielder Barry Shetrone of Phoenix, was collared by Cananea after having hit safely in 33 straight games.

June 13, 2003, The Cananea Mineros, playing its first Arizona-Mexico League game in 45-years at home, hosted Bisbee-Douglas and lost 5-2 with 2,802 fans attending.

June 17, 2003, The return of the Arizona-Mexico League was short lived for the 2003 season. An emergency meeting was called by the Bisbee-Douglas team because the team had no funds to continue. The league suspended operations immediately.

July 7, 1951, Emmett Ashford, the first black umpire in Organized Ball, broke in on the Southwest International League staff, working behind the plate for the game between Yuma and Mexicali.

July 22, 1954. The Arizona-Texas League came up for a new reason for postponing a game: bad roads. Rain almost completely washed out the road to Cananea, Mexico, making it impossible for Tucson to get through to fill a date with the Mineros.

August 4, 1952, Tony Ponce of Phoenix, Arizona-Texas League, made five hits in five trips at bat in posting a 12-3 win over Bisbee-Douglas.

August 6, 1957, Walt Tyler, outfielder-first baseman, with Tucson, Arizona-Mexico League, was collared by Cananea after having hit in 36 straight games.

August 19, 1951, Wenceslao Gonzalez of Juarez, Southwest International League, became the first pitcher in Organized Ball to win 30 games when he blanked El Centro 2-0.

August 19, 1958, A home run feat never accomplished before in Organized Ball was recorded when every member of the Douglas Copper Kings contributed one home run in a 22-8 rout at Chihuahua in an Arizona-Mexico League game. In addition to the nine homers, the Copper Kings collected 14 other hits.

September 1, 1951, Tony Ponce of Phoenix, Southwest International League, was believed to have established a modern Organized Ball record by pitching his 38th consecutive game of the season without relief. Ponce marked his 25th win of the year compared to 16 losses, when he defeated Yuma 4-2. He hurled 38 complete games.

September 5, 1947, Pete Hughes closed the season with Phoenix in the Arizona-Texas League with 193 base on balls for the year, believed to be an all-time Organized Ball record. He scored 180 runs on only 164 hits, 36 doubles, 8 triples and 38 homers, drove in 167 tallies and batted .371.

The Arizona–Mexico League was a low-level circuit in American minor league baseball that existed as
an affiliated Class C league from 1955–58 and as an independent league in 2003. The Arizona–Mexico
League was the successor league of the Arizona–Texas League which existed from 1931–32, 1937–41,
1947–50 and 1952-54. From 1928 to 1930, it was known as the Arizona State League.

The Arizona-Texas loop merged with the Sunset League (based primarily in California but with teams in
Nevada and New Mexico) to form the Southwest International League in 1951. But its Arizona and Texas clubs played only that one season (1951) in the new circuit before seceding and reforming the A-TL in 1952.

The Arizona–Texas League was the lowest level in the minor leagues, Class D, through 1939, and
upgraded to Class C from 1940 onward. Its longest tenured clubs included:

El Paso, Texas
Bisbee and Bisbee-Douglas, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

The Arizona-Texas circuit also had teams in Mexico as early as 1931, although its name did not reflect
this fact. Indios de Ciudad Juárez team was a member for seven years in the 1940s and 1950s. But in
1955, when the league lost its lone Texas franchise, in El Paso, its name was formally changed to the
Arizona–Mexico League.

In 1957, its Phoenix Stars franchise moved all the way up to Class AAA when it received the old San
Francisco Seals club after the New York Giants moved West, and was known as the Phoenix Giants.
That began to signal the end of the Class C Arizona–Mexico League; its final champion in 1958 was the
Douglas Copper Kings, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Each of the leagues six clubs disbanded
after the 1958 season.


The 2003 version of the four team Arizona-Mexico League was short-lived. The four team circuit played 16 games before the league board voted 4-0 to suspend operations due to financial difficulties throughout the league. The league began a comeback but a local recession in the league area caused a delay in the return. Then the national recession that began in 2008 put the league on hold for a longer period.


The league is eyeing a timeframe to begin operations in the near future.





Date

4/13/1953
4/24/1947
4/30/1932
5/8/1938
5/20/1951
6/11/1950
6/13/1960
6/18/1951
6/30/1950
7/4/1946
7/9/1931
7/10/1949
7/13/1941
7/13/1949
7/29/1959
8/12/1952
8/15/1949
8/20/1954
8/23/1939
8/25/1960
9/1/1955
9/7/1950

Pitcher

George Aitken
Eulis Rossen
Italio Chelin
Jerry Blanchard
Rudy Lorona
James Zundel/John McCarthy
Jose Santiago
Vern Edmonds
Earnest Nelson
Ed Leiker
Walter Newman
Erwin Coults
Charley Whelchel
Lefty Aguila
Jim Little
J. Ford Smith
Manuel Echeverria
Evelio Hernandez
Bill Caplinger
Conrad Gasper
Miguel Sotelo
Billy Russell

Club

Tucson
Lubbock
Albuquerque
Lubbock
Artesia
Las Vegas
Albuquerque
Yuma
Midland
Pampa
El Paso
Mexicali
Big Spring
Tucson
Roswell
Phoenix
Mexicali
Roswell
Albuquerque
Odessa
Cananea
Vernon

League

Arizona-Texas
W. Texas-New Mexico
Arizona-Texas
W. Texas-New Mexico
Longhorn
Sunset
Sophmore
Southwest International
Longhorn
W. Texas-New Mexico
Arizona-Texas
Sunset
W. Texas-New Mexico
Arizona-Texas
Sophmore
Arizona-Texas
Sunset
Longhorn
Arizona-Texas
Sophmore
Arizona-Mexico
Longhorn

Opponent

Bisbee-Douglas
Clovis
Bisbee
Wink
San Angelo
El Centro
Hobbs
Bisbee-Douglas
Vernon
Lamesa
Globe
San Bernardino
Pampa
Bisbee-Douglas
Plainview
Juarez
Las Vegas
Odessa
El Paso
Albuquerque
Phoenix
San Angelo

Score

13-2
11-0 (7)
4-0 (7)
(7)
6-0
7-1 (7)
2-0
7-2
3-0
12-0
13-0
7-0
2-0 (P,11)
3-0
8-0 (7)
4-0
7-1
6-0
10-0
14-0 (7)
6-0
4-0 (7)


THIS DATE IN ARIZONA-MEXICO LEAGUE HISTORY

NO-HITTERS in the SOUTHWEST 1928-1961