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Home Run Derby at Fort Worth Cats game with Jose Canseco
Home Run Derby at Fort Worth Cats game with Jose Canseco
Published: 2013/05/26
Channel: Todd Thompson
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Fort Worth Cats' Cole Stephens
Published: 2013/05/29
Channel: Brian Barton
Fort Worth Cats Baseball || Me As Dodger The Cat
Fort Worth Cats Baseball || Me As Dodger The Cat
Published: 2013/09/12
Channel: HadenTheAsasinRanger
Fort Worth Cats
Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2009/03/13
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Get It Off Your Chest Fort Worth Cats.wmv
Get It Off Your Chest Fort Worth Cats.wmv
Published: 2011/06/28
Channel: k short
Crazy Fort Worth Cats game ending part 1
Crazy Fort Worth Cats game ending part 1
Published: 2009/11/30
Channel: drobertson027
Fun In The Sun  Fort Worth Cats
Fun In The Sun Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2011/08/11
Channel: k short
Fort Worth Cats walked with the zombie....last night!
Fort Worth Cats walked with the zombie....last night!
Published: 2013/01/06
Channel: Susan Duval
Cats Field Fort Worth Tx.
Cats Field Fort Worth Tx.
Published: 2014/01/13
Channel: Ezequiel Villegas
Inspire Tour of LaGrave Field the former Cats Stadium in 4k
Inspire Tour of LaGrave Field the former Cats Stadium in 4k
Published: 2016/07/31
Channel: Drone Star State
Excel Knights vs. Fort Worth Cats - Red (Bracket Play)
Excel Knights vs. Fort Worth Cats - Red (Bracket Play)
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: Kevin Senne
Fort Worth Cats Baseball Commercial   Bass Hall
Fort Worth Cats Baseball Commercial Bass Hall
Published: 2009/11/13
Channel: LarryThompson916
Fort Worth Cats Comeback vs Brownsville
Fort Worth Cats Comeback vs Brownsville
Published: 2014/06/16
Channel: Chris Chappotin
FORT WORTH CATS
FORT WORTH CATS
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: Susan Duval
Deep In The Throat Of Texas- The Fort Worth Cats.wmv
Deep In The Throat Of Texas- The Fort Worth Cats.wmv
Published: 2011/06/29
Channel: k short
Teen Dance Team Part 1 - Fort Worth Cats July 4th
Teen Dance Team Part 1 - Fort Worth Cats July 4th
Published: 2011/07/05
Channel: darquesyde
2run homerun, 11u, Fort Worth Cats
2run homerun, 11u, Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: Janibel Delgado
Fort Worth Cats
Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2008/06/15
Channel: Shawna Rollins
Fort Worth Cats National Anthem
Fort Worth Cats National Anthem
Published: 2010/08/13
Channel: Jenell Parker
Fort Worth Cats DizzyBat
Fort Worth Cats DizzyBat
Published: 2012/06/18
Channel: Colin Schickedanz
The Fort Worth Cats at the Lakewood Bar and Grill, Dallas, TX 2 January 2010 part 1
The Fort Worth Cats at the Lakewood Bar and Grill, Dallas, TX 2 January 2010 part 1
Published: 2010/01/19
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National Anthem and Military Jet Flyover at Fort Worth Cats
National Anthem and Military Jet Flyover at Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2008/07/25
Channel: David Pulido
fort worth cats dodger and girls
fort worth cats dodger and girls
Published: 2009/08/16
Channel: madisonspoppa
Graham races Ft Worth Cats mascot
Graham races Ft Worth Cats mascot
Published: 2013/08/03
Channel: Debbie Kimbriel
Emerald Khan - National Anthem Ft Worth Cats Basseball Game
Emerald Khan - National Anthem Ft Worth Cats Basseball Game
Published: 2013/07/22
Channel: Emerald Khan
Fort Worth Cats Baseball Commercial: Charley Pride
Fort Worth Cats Baseball Commercial: Charley Pride
Published: 2008/06/11
Channel: FortWorthCats
Jose Canseco#33 playing for Fort Worth Cats in Edinburg,Tx  2013 june
Jose Canseco#33 playing for Fort Worth Cats in Edinburg,Tx 2013 june
Published: 2013/07/09
Channel: carlos miranda jr
Spinning Around the Bat at Fort Worth Cats Game
Spinning Around the Bat at Fort Worth Cats Game
Published: 2013/08/19
Channel: David Pulido
Peyton Cook pitching 17U Fort Worth Cats
Peyton Cook pitching 17U Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2016/07/11
Channel: steve cook
Ft. Worth Cats 15U Black
Ft. Worth Cats 15U Black
Published: 2014/06/11
Channel: dee smith
Fort Worth Cats Home Run
Fort Worth Cats Home Run
Published: 2013/06/09
Channel: Mr. Bradford
Rebecca Miller at Fort Worth Cats
Rebecca Miller at Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2009/07/17
Channel: Michael Miklos
Mrs. Carroll Beringer receiving a Dodger Valentine. Fort Worth Cats
Mrs. Carroll Beringer receiving a Dodger Valentine. Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2011/02/18
Channel: Carl Walker
Fort Worth Cats: Randall Thorpe
Fort Worth Cats: Randall Thorpe
Published: 2012/06/03
Channel: rbeakins
Fort Worth Cats Mascot Dodger Races Kid
Fort Worth Cats Mascot Dodger Races Kid
Published: 2008/07/25
Channel: David Pulido
Ross Dizzy Bats - Bachelor Party - Ft. Worth Cats
Ross Dizzy Bats - Bachelor Party - Ft. Worth Cats
Published: 2013/06/22
Channel: Robert Jacobs
Ft Worth cats vs Wichita Wingnuts 1
Ft Worth cats vs Wichita Wingnuts 1
Published: 2010/08/18
Channel: Texas Sports Action
Peyton Cook Fort Worth Cats 17U
Peyton Cook Fort Worth Cats 17U
Published: 2016/07/11
Channel: steve cook
Logan Stout on Jose Canseco and the Ft. Worth Cats
Logan Stout on Jose Canseco and the Ft. Worth Cats
Published: 2013/05/26
Channel: MROD1053
Casey
Casey's first pitch at the Fort Worth Cats game!
Published: 2011/08/17
Channel: Casey Donahew
Fort Worth Cats Baseball Commercial Dodger and Moos Bros
Fort Worth Cats Baseball Commercial Dodger and Moos Bros
Published: 2009/11/13
Channel: LarryThompson916
Fort Worth Cats God Bless America
Fort Worth Cats God Bless America
Published: 2013/06/10
Channel: Mr. Bradford
Teen Dance Team Part 2 - Fort Worth Cats July 4th
Teen Dance Team Part 2 - Fort Worth Cats July 4th
Published: 2011/07/05
Channel: darquesyde
The Fort Worth Cats @ the Mule 2015  Endless Sleep
The Fort Worth Cats @ the Mule 2015 Endless Sleep
Published: 2015/09/21
Channel: siebhotep
Fort Worth Cats
Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2007/07/22
Channel: Kendrajb82
Fort Worth Cats Aerial Drone Video Commercial
Fort Worth Cats Aerial Drone Video Commercial
Published: 2009/10/22
Channel: LarryThompson916
Stephen Caillet 17U FT Worth Cats 003.MOV
Stephen Caillet 17U FT Worth Cats 003.MOV
Published: 2011/09/28
Channel: drayc48
Jake Luce hammers a solo shot vs. the Fort Worth Cats
Jake Luce hammers a solo shot vs. the Fort Worth Cats
Published: 2014/10/31
Channel: MiLBProspects
Spencer Nielsen- Arlington A
Spencer Nielsen- Arlington A's vs Ft Worth Cats June 29th 2012
Published: 2012/06/30
Channel: SNielsen23
Fort Worth Cats Player Introduction
Fort Worth Cats Player Introduction
Published: 2013/06/09
Channel: Mr. Bradford
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Fort Worth Cats
Fort worth cats.png Fort Worth Cats cap logo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Ballpark LaGrave Field (2002-2014)
Year founded 2001
Year disbanded 2014
Nickname(s) The Cats
League championships 3 (2005, 2006, 2007)
Former league(s)
Former ballparks Lon Goldstein Field (2001)
Colors Blue, white
         

The Fort Worth Cats were a professional baseball team based in Fort Worth, Texas, in the United States. The Cats were a member of the South Division of the now disbanded United League Baseball, which was not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From 2002 to 2014, the Cats played their home games at LaGrave Field.

Under the management of Wayne Terwilliger (2005) and Stan Hough (2006–2007), the team won the 2005 Central Baseball League championship and the 2006 and 2007 American Association championships.

History[edit]

The new Cats began play in Fort Worth in 2001 at Lon Goldstein Field, which was their temporary home until the new ballpark was constructed. They were named after the original Fort Worth Cats, who played mostly in the Texas League until 1964. Former Cats' owner Carl Bell commissioned a new Lagrave Field to be built directly on top of the original stadium's location. Home plate is exactly where it was in 1926 when the old facility opened. On May 23, 2002, the Cats opened up the season in their brand new home. The team's mascot was Dodger, whose namesake is a tribute to the Cats' affiliation with the great Brooklyn Dodgers teams in the 1940s and 1950s.

2005[edit]

Under the management of Wayne Terwilliger, the Cats defeated the San Angelo Colts for the 2005 Central Baseball League championship after beating the Pensacola Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs. It was Fort Worth's first championship since 1948. They won both halves of the season with identical 30-17 records, which was a franchise record for wins in a season. The Cats also made the playoffs in 2003, which was Terwilliger's first season as manager.

Stan Hough was named the Cats' new manager on December 6, 2005, taking over for Terwilliger, who remained with the club as Hough's first base coach in 2006. Prior to being named the manager, Hough was the team's hitting instructor from 2004-05. Prior to the Cats' job, his last managerial job was with the Delmarva Shorebirds, which is a Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, in 2003. He also managed the Triple-A Ottawa Lynx in 2001.[1]

2006[edit]

In 2006, the Cats changed leagues and joined the new American Association. They won their second straight title and their first title in the new league by beating the St. Paul Saints 3 games to 2 in the championship series. The 2006 regular season record was 56-39 with a 0.589 winning percentage. The total season attendance was 177,894 for 46 games, which was an average of 3,867 per game.[2] Luke Hochevar pitched for the Cats in 2006,[3] making four starts (1-1, 2.38 ERA) prior to being drafted #1 overall in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals.

2007[edit]

On September 8, 2007, the Cats defeated the St. Paul Saints 4-1 in the fifth game of the American Association Championship playoffs to capture a second straight American Association Championship and third straight overall. The Cats had won 6 straight decisive Game 5's and were 13-0 in games in which they faced elimination the last 3 seasons. They had been down 2 games to 1 in 5 of the last 6 series following a pattern of winning the first game, losing the next two, and then winning games 4 and 5. The only exception was when they were down 2-0 to the El Paso Diablos in the 2007 Division Series before winning 3 straight at LaGrave Field. The 2007 regular season record was 53-40 with a 0.570 winning percentage. Total season attendance was 141,330 for 34 games, which was an average of 4,157 per game.[4] Max Scherzer was on the Cats roster in 2007. In 2008, he was called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks.[3]

2008-2009[edit]

The 2008 regular season record was 60-36 with a 0.625 winning percentage. Total season attendance was 185,380 for 47 games, which was an average of 3,944 per game. The team was named Organization of the Year.[5]

The 2009 regular season record was 53-43 with a 0.552 winning percentage. Total season attendance was 177,807 for 48 games, which was an average 3,704 per game.[6]

2010[edit]

The 2010 regular season record was 37-56 with a 0.398 winning percentage. Total season attendance was 122,062 for 41 games, which was an average of 2,707 per game.[7] The team was managed by Chad Tredaway, who was assisted by pitching coach James Frisbie, assistant coach Steve Maddock, and first base coach Wayne Terwilliger.[8] In November 2010, the Cats again hired Stan Hough as their new team manager. Hough also managed the team from 2006-2007, was 109-79, and led the Cats to the American Association championship in each season.[1]

2011[edit]

The 2011 regular season record was 48-52 with a 0.480 winning percentage, which placed the team in second in the Southern Division. Total season attendance was 108,020 for 50 games, which was an average of 2,160 per game.[9] First baseman Trent Lockwood, and catcher Kelley Gulledge were named to the American Association Postseason All-Star Team. Heading into the season's final game, Lockwood, in his first season with the team, was batting .338 with 20 HR, 90 RBI, a .621 slugging percentage, and 60 extra base hits. Gulledge was hitting .341 with 14 HR, 71 RBI, 125 hits, and 73 runs.[10] On December 21, 2011, it was announced that the team was sold to a group led by John Bryant and Byron Pierce, co-founders of United League Baseball,[11] which had merged to become part of the North American Baseball League.

2012[edit]

In January 2012, Carl Bell and the LaGrave Reconstruction Co. declared bankruptcy, which cast doubt on the future of LaGrave Field.[12] Several months later, the debt holder, Amegy Bank of Houston, foreclosed and became the landlord of the Cats.[13] On the field, the team reached the United League championship game in September 2012, but were swept by the Edinburg Roadrunners.[14]

2014[edit]

In March 2014, the Cats announced the hiring of their new manager in Mike Marshall for the 2014 season. In May 2014, the Cats signed 55-year-old Julio Franco. The 1990 All-Star MVP last played professionally in 2008. During the 2014 season, Mike Marshall resigned his duties as manager. In July of that season, the Cats assigned the managerial duties to Barrett Weaver.

Dissolution[edit]

Due to an issue between the owner of the property on which LaGrave Field sits and the city of Fort Worth, the Cats were asked to relocate to another stadium after the 2014 season. Team owner John Bryant had stated the Cats intended to play the 2015 season, but acknowledged they might have to relocate to a different city in North Texas.[15] In December 2014, Bryant stated that if the team could not find a place to play by January, the team's future would be in doubt.[16]

In January 2015, the Cats' league, United League Baseball (ULB) announced it had ceased operations after seven seasons. One of the glaring issues of the ULB in the 2014 season was their inability to draw fans. Brownsville and Rio Grande teams shared Harlingen Field, the Fort Worth Cats played out of LaGrave Field, and the San Angelo Colts played at Foster Field. The league drew an average of about 744 fans a game between the three venues.[17] The club has not been active since the end of the ULB, and their former website is no longer in operation.

Modern championship titles[edit]

Year League Manager
2007 American Association Stan Hough
2006 American Association Stan Hough
2005 Central Baseball League Wayne Terwilliger

Retired numbers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cats Hire Hough as Manager". oursportscentral.com. November 24, 2010. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2006 American Association Final Standings". www.aabfan.com. 26 August 2006. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "American Association Alumni in Major League Baseball". www.aabfan.com. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2007 American Association Final Standings". www.aabfan.com. 25 August 2007. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2008 American Association Final Standings". www.aabfan.com. 23 August 2008. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2009 American Association Final Standings". www.aabfan.com. 30 August 2009. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "2010 American Association Final Standings". www.aabfan.com. 29 August 2010. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Roster page". American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. August 2010. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "2011 American Association Final Standings". www.aabfan.com. 30 August 2011. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Two Cats Named to American Association All-Star Team". fwcats.com. Oct 29, 2011. Retrieved Oct 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Fort Worth Cats Announce Sale". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. October 2011. Retrieved Dec 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ Baker, Sandra (January 2012). "Foreclosure on LaGrave Field put on hold as owner files for bankruptcy". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Stray Cats Doing Well After Rescue". Fort Worth Weekly. Aug 1, 2012. Retrieved Sep 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Fort Worth Cats suffer sweep in championship ls". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Sep 9, 2012. Retrieved Sep 20, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Fort Worth Cats and LaGrave Field part ways". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Nov 4, 2014. Retrieved Nov 5, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Without a field, the Fort Worth Cats could miss next season". December 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ "United League Baseball Folds After Seven Seasons". Jan 15, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2015. 

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