Amarillo Baseball History Slideshow

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One of Amarillo's first baseball clubs, the Gassers, began playing in 1923 as part of the Panhandle-Pecos League. Cal Farley, Founder of Cal Farley Boy Ranch, played second baseman for Gasser. (Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News)

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One of Amarillo's first baseball clubs, the Gassers, began playing in 1923 as part of the Panhandle-Pecos League. Cal Farley, Founder of Cal Farley Boy Ranch, played second baseman for Gasser. Farley was pictured sometime later with the great Babe Ruth. (Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News)

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A recurring headline from the June 20, 1925 newspaper states Amarillo May Get Ball Team announced a semi-pro league of four teams in the Texas Panhandle. (AGN File Photo)

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The Amarillo Gold Sox 1946 team photo. (AGN File Photo)

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The starting lineup for the 1946 Amarillo Gold Sox, in batting order, from left, Al Duarte, right field; Blas Tenorio, third base; Martin Koppe, center field; Leo Zoeller, second base; Doug Lewis, first base; Paul Visnovske, left field; George Sutch, shortstop; Roland Bucher, catcher; Bill Evans, pitcher. This historic photo is from the Amarillo Public Library Archive.

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Memorial Stadium saw an all time attendance record of more than 8,500 fans in the stands for the July Forth game in 1976. (Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News)

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Ed Pacheco, left and Jose Herrera formed the keystone combo for the 1966 Amarillo Sonic team April 10, 1966. They were the best double play combination in the Carolina League last year playing for the Durham Bulls. They swing timely bats too and have good speed around the bases. (AGN File Photo)

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The four outfielders of the Amarillo Sonics with lumber drandished are Charlie Murray, from left, Levi Browne, Leo Posada and Ron Davis in April 14, 1966. (AGN File Photo)

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Amarillo Sonic fans line up for tickets as part of the 5, 374 crowd to watch a Sonic game July 15, 1966 at Potter County Stadium. (AGN File Photo)

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Chamber of Commerce secretary Nannette McMurray takes a check for the first $1,000 worth of Sonic baseball tickets from Charley and Bill Gunn of Gunn Brothers Thrift Stamp on Feb. 2, 1965. (AGN File Photo)

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Sonic manager Buddy Hancken, from left, A.F. Madison and Lefty Gomez a former New York Yankee hurler discuss the happy prospects for the 1967 baseball season in this Feb. 28, 1067 photograph. (AGN File Photo)

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Sonic starting pitcher Danny Coombs walks off the mound after manager Buddy Hancken brings in relief pitcher Paul Doyle in Sept. 9, 1966. (AGN File Photo)

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Amarillo Giants pitcher Leo Mitchell chats with fans in the stands at Memorial Stadium in August of 1973. (AGN File Photo)

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Fans waiting for the 7th-inning stretch at Memorial Stadium during Amarillo Giants game in 1973. (AGN File Photo)

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Memorial Stadium in 1971 Amarillo Giants program. (AGN File Photo)

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An editorial cartoon announces the Amarillo Giants leaving city from the Amarillo Globe-news on October 16, 1973. (AGN File Photo)

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The 1970 Amarillo Giants Baseball Club logo. (AGN File Photo)

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The 1970 Amarillo Giants Baseball Club. (AGN File Photo)

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Gold Sox owner Ted Moore and General Manager John Dittrich during news conference Sept. 16, 1980. (AGN File Photo)

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Amarillo Gold Sox general manager John Dittrich , right and broadcaster Rick Rizz got into the fun at Memorial Stadium before the Sox played El Paso July 5, 1976. The really stuck their noses into the competition as they raced the clock in a pie-eating contest. (AGN File Photo)

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Season tickets went on sale for the Amarillo Gold Sox as Mack Godbey, left, with the Chamber of Commerce was proud to report an increased ticket sales to new campaign chairmen Roy L. Bulls, right, who will now steer the pre-season ticket sales on March 24, 1962. (AGN File Photo)

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Amarillo Gold Sox third basemen Ron Campbell signs autographs fro Gary Gibson, 12 and David Wagner, 6, while giving away discount tickets at Sears Aug. 9, 1963. (AGN File Photo)

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The Clown Prince of Baseball, Max Patkin, entertained at the Amarillo Gold Sox- El Paso Diablos Texas League game at Memorial Stadium Aug. 5, 1981. (AGN File Photo)

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Bobbin' for apples during the pre-game activities Sunday July 5, 1976 was Kimberly Ann Rigsby. (AGN File Photo)

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Mary Cliver with First National Bank displays the first season Amarillo Gold Sox season tickets sold for next season said Sox general manager John Dittrich Nov. 12, 1975. (AGN File Photo)

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Amarillo Gold Sox runner Bobby Mitchell is tossed out after after an infield grounder April 27, 1976 at the season opening game in Memorial Stadium. (AGN File Photo)

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Carl Sawatski, center, Texas League president, presents the championship trophy to Bob Millee, left, Gold Sox manager and William ZuHone Gold Sox owner Nov. 18, 1976. (AGN File Photo)

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Amarillo Gold Sox pitcher Galen McSpadden, left, and Centerfielder H.P. Drake, right, discuss the Texas League with Amarillo Mayor John Drummond, center, during a pre-game ceremony April 13, 1977 at the season opening game in Memorial Stadium. (AGN File Photo)

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Stephen Spillman / Amarillo Globe-News Director of Stadium Operations Brett Myers dries out the pitchers mound with fire at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa Thursday, July 03, 2008. Between 1:00 a.m and 7:30 a.m Thursday morning vandals broke into the stadium took a joy ride on the field maintenance vehicle and hosed down the mound. Dillas General Manager Mark Lee is offering $1,000 for any information that proves who vandalized the field.

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Two Amarillo Texan fans watch a game from the top row of Memorial Stadium in this July 11, 1989 photo. (AGN File Photo)

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Stephen Spillman / Amarillo Globe-News White Wings runner Javis Diaz(14) slides safely into second under Dillas second baseman Jermel Lomack at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa Monday, June 14, 2010.

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Stephen Spillman / Amarillo Globe-News Dillas pitcher Ron Lowe(23) makes a throw to third to after a bunt by Edinburg Mayobanex Santana(25) at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa Tuesday, August 19, 2008. Dillas defeated the Coyotes **-**. (Edinburg number 14 was called out at third but his number is not on the roster)

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Stephen Spillman / Amarillo Globe-News Dillas Terrance Warren celebrates with the dugout the first run against Laredo at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa Monday, June 7, 2010.

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Stephen Spillman / Amarillo Globe-News Dillas mascot roams the field before the start of an Amarillo Dillas game against the Rio Grande Valley White Wings at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa Monday, June 14, 2010.

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Roberto Rodriguez / Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo Dillas' Robert Recuenco slides into third base sagely during a United League Baseball game against the Edinburg Roadrunners Friday, July 16, 2010 at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa.

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Roberto Rodriguez / Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo Dillas Andrew Wong makes his way across the crowd collecting money after hitting a two-run homerun in the bottomg of the first inning in a game against the Laredo Broncos at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa July 25, 2008.

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Michael Lemmons / michael.lemmons@amarillo.com The new general manager of the Amarillo Dillas baseball team, Mark Lee, right, explains to Potter County facilities director Mike Head some of the future plans and ongoing renovations at Amarillo's Potter County Memorial Stadium Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, as Lee and other officials announced the return of the Amarillo Dillas. Though now part of the independent United League of Baseball, the Dillas will play a 90-game season starting in May.

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Roberto Rodriguez / Amarillo Globe-News The Amarillo Sox debuted they original mascot June 24, 2011.

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Stephen Spillman / Amarillo Globe-News The Amarillo Dillas celebrate their victory over Alexandria Aces in the ULB Championship at the Amarillo National Bank Dilla Villa Saturday, August 23, 2008. Dillas won 7-4.

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Michael Schumacher / AGN Media Pitcher Ryan Mitchell wings a fast ball as the Amarillo Sox played the El Paso Diablos Monday, June 17, 2013 at Sox Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo Sox players surround and pour water on Travis Weaver after his two out single to drive in Gerardo Valentin while celebrating a tenth inning walk-off victory against Sioux Falls Thursday, August 6, 2014 at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / AGN Media Amarillo Sox first baseman Joe Weik picks of Newark base runner Stephen Malcolm Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / AGN Media Fans watch a game against El Paso Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo Sox Executive VP and General Manager Stephanie Tucker talks with the media Thursday, October 30, 2014 during a press conference announcing that baseball fans will have an opportunity to rename the Amarillo Sox baseball team.

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Sean Steffen / AGN Media Lights at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium take over the stadium as the sun sets during a game.

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Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News Bobby Sox, left and General Manager Mark Lee welcome fans as the Sox opened the season again Wnnipeg Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo teammates Drew Heid (4) and Geraldo Valentin celebrate at home plate after both players scored on a Juan Martinez first inning double against Trois-Rivieres Thursday, June 11, 2015 at ThunderHeads Stadium.

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Roberto Rodriguez / Amarillo Globe-News Team manager Mark Lee reveals the Amarillo Sox logo and uniforms during a press conference Wednesday, January 5, 2010 at the teams headquarters, 801 S. Polk St.

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Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News Aerial view of Amarillo Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo's Dexter Kjerstad connects for a triple against Laredo during the ThunderHeads final home game of the season Sunday, August 30, 2015 at ThunderHeads Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo short stop Kori Melo makes a throw to first while avoiding the slide of Kyle Robinson of Kansas City to turn a first inning double play Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at ThunderHeads Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo's Christian Ibarra is greeted at third base by manager Bobby Brown after hitting a home run against Laredo during the ThunderHeads final home game of the season Sunday, August 30, 2015 at ThunderHeads Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Amarillo's Corey Bass breaks up a fifth inning double play attempt as Rockland shortstop Junior Arrojo makes a throw to first Sunday, August 9, 2015 at ThunderHeads Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Fans watch as fireworks fill the sky above ThunderHeads Stadium during a post game show after a 6-3 victory over Trois-Rivieres Friday, June 12, 2015.

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Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News Air Hogs fan Charlie Flores didn't have any trouble finding a good seat as the Hogs played the Joplin Blasters in a rare afternoon game Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Amarillo. The Hogs won in the 11th inning with a walk-off home run by Nick Akins.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Texas AirHogs shortstop Juan Sanchez turns a double play after taking a throw from second baseman Brian Bistagne against Gary SouthShore Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Wilder Park in Canyon.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Texas AirHogs batter Brian Bistagne connects for a single against Gary SouthShore Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Wilder Park in Canyon.

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Michael Schumacher / Amarillo Globe-News Air Hogs fan Charlie Flores didn't have any trouble finding a good seat as the Hogs played the Joplin Blasters in a rare afternoon game Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Amarillo. The Hogs won in the 11th inning with a walk-off home run by Nick Akins.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Texas AirHogs shortstop Juan Sanchez turns a double play after taking a throw from second baseman Brian Bistagne against Gary SouthShore Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Wilder Park in Canyon.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Texas AirHogs batter Brian Bistagne connects for a single against Gary SouthShore Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Wilder Park in Canyon.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News The Canyon CageRats and the Palo Duro Dillas play a game Thursday, June 2, 2016 during a Great Southwest Collegiate League game at Potter County Memorial Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Members of the Canyon CageRats prepare to bat against the Palo Duro Dillas Thursday, June 2, 2016 during a Great Southwest Collegiate League game at Potter County Memorial Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Canyon CageRats players prepare to bat against the Palo Duro Dillas during a Great Southwest Collegiate League game Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Potter County Memorial Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Third base is stolen by the Palo Duro Dillas Thursday, June 2, 2016 during a Great Southwest Collegiate League game at Potter County Memorial Stadium.

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Sean Steffen / Amarillo Globe-News Palo Duro Dillas pitcher Dally Burney delivers a pitch against the Canyon Cagerats during a Great Southwest Collegiate League game at Potter County Memorial Stadium.

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A look back at the history of baseball in Amarillo.