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Temple Boll Weevils

The Temple Boll Weevils were a minor league baseball team which played their home games at Woodson Field in Temple, Texas as a member of the Texas League from 1905 to 1907.[1][2] Local newspapers took to calling them the "Cotton Bugs," a nickname coined by the Galveston Daily News.[3]

History

The team finished with a record of 71-59 in its debut season in 1905, behind the Fort Worth Panthers by just a half game for second place in the league.[3] After Temple got off to a slow start in the following season and Temple manager Con Lucid resigned, owner J.E. Edens sold the team to the Temple Baseball Association, a local stock company headed by Temple mayor Fred P. Hamill, who replaced Lucid with manager Fred Moore.[2][3][4] With the Texas League struggling financially, it decided in mid-season to drop the Boll Weevils. The Temple Baseball Association, having only recently spent $3,000 to buy the team, filed an unsuccessful lawsuit against the league.[3] In 1907 the Texas League took on several teams from the South Texas League and resurrected another incarnation of the Boll Weevils with players being contributed by the other teams. Due in part to poor performance and lacking fan support, 1907 would be their final season.[2]

References

  1. ^ Benoit, Patricia K. (2009). Historic Temple : an illustrated history (1st ed.). San Antonio, Tex.: Historical Pub. Network. p. 40. ISBN 9781893619968. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Coppedge, Clay (October 22, 2007). "Boll Weevils: A glance at pro baseball in Temple". Temple Daily Telegram. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Hanzelka, Kris Rutherford ; foreword by Scott (2014). Baseball on the prairie : how seven small-town teams shaped Texas League history. The History Press. pp. 131-32. ISBN 9781609499358. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "1906 Temple Boll Weevils". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015.

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