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Alpine Cowboys

Founded in 2009 Alpine, Texas

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League affiliations
Name
  • Big Bend Cowboys (2009-2010)
Team Colors
  • Red, white
Ballpark
Championships
  • League titles: 2010 Continental League
Owner(s)/Operated By: Bob Ward
General Manager: JR Smith
Manager: Ryan Stevens
Media: www.alpineavalanche.com, www.bigbendradio.com
Website: alpine.pecosleague.com

The Alpine Cowboys are a professional baseball team based in Alpine, Texas, in the Big Bend region of West Texas. The Cowboys are a franchise of the Pecos League, which is not affiliated with Major or Minor League Baseball. They play their home games at historic Kokernot Field, a 1,200 seat stone and wrought-iron replica of Chicago's Wrigley Field that dates from 1948.

Alpine and the Big Bend region have a long baseball history. From 1947 to 1958, the Alpine Cowboys, owned by West Texas rancher and philanthropist Herbert L. Kokernot, Jr., won a dozen regional semi-pro championships and were national runners-up. The team featured future major league stars, including Norm Cash, Gaylord Perry, and Joe Horlen. At the end of championship seasons, Kokernot presented each team member with a pair of handmade red cowboy boots emblazoned with the brand of his "o6" Ranch -- a tradition that continues with the current Cowboys' cap insignia.

In 1946, Herbert L. Kokernot, Jr., son of Texas cattle rancher and entrepreneur Herbert L. Kokernot, retooled the semi-professional baseball team the Alpine Cats into the Alpine Cowboys.[1] While semi-professional teams were not uncommon in Texas at the time, the Alpine Cowboys had the unusual benefit of a brand new stadium, Kokernot Field, opened for them in 1947. Constructed at a cost of $1,500,000.00, the elaborately decorated stadium included imported infield dirt shipped by train from Georgia. The Alpine Cowboys used the stadium as home base from 1947 through 1958, during which time they took a dozen titles in the regional and were runners up for a national championship. In addition to supporting the team and the region with a state of the art stadium, Kokernot also actively supported athletes in Alpine and elsewhere, bringing promising high school graduates onto the roster of the team and offering college scholarships to players throughout the southwest.

In a 2007 article, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram described the team as "one of the state's finest semiprofessional teams".[2] The team launched a number of baseball professional, including two Hall of Fame inductees. Among them was coach Tom Chandler. Team members included Gaylord Perry and Norm Cash.[2]

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