This week pitchers and catchers are reporting to major league baseball spring training camps in Arizona and Florida. But Texas was once a very popular spot for spring training years ago.
From the time organized pre season workouts began in the 1890s teams had sought warmer weather climates than afforded to the teams based in the northeast and midwestwhich included all of them at the time.
As early as 1904 Major League Baseball found Texas. That spring the St. Louis Browns opened a camp in Corsicana, the St. Louis Cardinals gave Dallas a shot, the Chicago White Sox set up camp in Marlin Springs and the Cleveland Indians moved even further south to San Antonio. For the next 30 years someone would be training in Texas with an occasional foray into the state as late as 1941 when the Browns completed a five year stay in San Antonio. Only 1935 during the period between 1904 and 1941 saw Texas without a team in camp.
According to Baseball-Almanac.com no fewer than fourteen different ma...