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Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Manuel Castro Baseball Collection



Collection Summary

Creator Manuel Castro
Title Manuel Castro Baseball Collection
Dates: 1915-2016
Abstract: Manuel Castro was a King Ranch semi-pro baseball player and umpire. The team called the King Ranch Cowboys began as a semi-pro team of ranch employees in the 1940s. They were better than most teams in South Texas and became known in the region. Castro collected baseball publications in the 1960s and 1970s which his niece, Cynthia S. Castro donated to the John E. Conner Museum in November 1999. The museum transferred the documents to the South Texas Archives in 2000.
Identification A2000-065
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Castro%20Baseball%20EAD
Quantity: .25 linear ft.
Location: STAD Box 698
Language: English

Historical Note

The King Ranch had an informal association of baseball games as early as 1915. In the 1940s the ranch employees asked the ranch management their permission to start a semi-pro team to compete in the South Texas region. The team took the name of King Ranch Cowboys and played remarkably well, compiling a 91-40-3 record between 1948 - 1961. The team played primarily in South Texas and northern Mexico, against teams from Corpus Christi, Kingsville, and the lower Rio Grande valley. The team built their own ball park on King Ranch land and named it Assault after the 1946 Triple Crown winner raised on King Ranch. In the 1960s the organization began to dissolve as softball leagues were formed in the area. The team played its last game in 1961. Taken from http://www.expressnews.com/sports/columnists/roy-bragg/article/King-Ranch-baseball-team-played-ball-in-the-brush-6126387.php#photo-7636023

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of five booklets used by King Ranch semi-pro baseball players, including the 1968 and 1969 Rule Book; 1968 National Alliance Edition Baseball Casebook and 1975 Baseball Casebook. Also some “National Baseball Congress Official Batting Order” cards.

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Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

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Index Terms

Persons
Castro, Manuel
Castro, Cynthia S.
Lopez, Donavan
Organizations
King Ranch Cowboys (Baseball team)
King Ranch
Little League Baseball, Inc.
National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations
National Baseball Congress of America
Boys Baseball, Inc.
Geographical Names
King Ranch (Tex.)
Kingsville (Tex.)
Rio Grande Valley (Colo.-Mexico and Tex.)
Subjects
Baseball
Baseball teams

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