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On August 25, 2006, the Brazos Valley Bombers sprung to life at a press conference in the courtyard of the LaSalle Hotel in downtown Bryan. Amidst all the excitement about the area’s only sports franchise, the statue of a Bombers player with two children – which stands on the sidewalk outside the historic hotel – reminded attendees that the Bombers of the future have an historic pedigree.

Sixty years before the current Bombers inaugural season, the original Bryan Bombers brought professional baseball to the Brazos Valley. The 1947 Bombers were part of the new Lone Star League, a Class-C circuit that boasted eight teams in locales like Henderson, Jacksonville, Lufkin, and Tyler. The team played at brand new Bomber Field, since renamed Travis Field – the very same ballpark the Bombers now call home.

The original Bombers managed to distinguish themselves, but not in the most desirable manner. The club finished the 1947 season in last place with a 38-101 record, 40-1/2 games out of first place. In fact, the Bombers were 28 games behind the seventh-place Henderson Oilers and their .273 winning percentage was the third-worst among spela säkert the more than 400 major and minor league teams. The only really notable event that season occurred when the July 5 home game was delayed by an unwelcome guest – a snake, which had wandered into right field.

The 1948 Bombers improved to a 66-74 record (.471) and fifth place in the standings. First baseman Stan Goletz, who had appeared in five games for the Chicago White Sox in 1941 before serving in the Army during World War II, became the Bombers first All-Star.

Following the 1948 season, the Lone Star League folded and many of the teams banded together to form the Class-C East Texas League. A new league only saw the Bombers revert to their old ways as the club finished 48-91 (.345), once again in last place. Sadly, the 1949 campaign was the last full season of minor league baseball in Bryan.

The 1950 season opened with a new name for the Bryan franchise – the team was now known as the Sports – but little else had changed. The Sports stumbled out of the gates and found themselves with a 23-65 record in late July. With little more than a month remaining in the campaign, both Bryan and the Paris Panthers folded and bowed out of the league.

It was several years before baseball would return to Bomber Field. In 1953, the Greenville Majors of the Class-B Big State League were performing well on the field, but they struggled at the gate. On June 25, Greenville’s loss became Bryan’s gain when the Majors headed south and relocated to Bryan to finish out the season. Despite the strong start, the squad struggled in its new digs, slipping to a 70-77 record and a sixth place finish.

Sporting a new name, the Bryan Indians embarked on the 1954 season with renewed confidence… little did they know it would be the last Opening Day for professional minor league baseball in Bryan. The Indians sputtered early in the season and never recovered, and by season’s end the team had relocated to Del Rio, where it had conducted spring training. The Brazos Valley’s last pro team finished the year with a combined 53-93 record, good for sixth place in the Big State League.

Though Bomber Field had an eight-year run as the home of professional baseball in the Brazos Valley, Bryan wasn’t the only area city to host a minor league team. Brenham’s love affair with baseball has its roots more than 100 years ago, in 1905, when it briefly served as the home of the relocated Beaumont Millionaires of the Class-C South Texas League. The team spent only a week in Brenham, where it was renamed the Orphans, before finishing the season on the road. Pro ball returned in 1914, when the Brenham Brewers managed a 50-34 record and a third place finish in the Class-D Middle Texas League. The following season, another relocated team gave rise to the Brenham Kaisers, but that too was short-lived. Just eleven days after the Kaisers arrived, the Middle Texas League and its four remaining teams folded, ending Brenham’s run in pro baseball.

 
BATTING RECORDS
       
Batting Avg. (min 50 AB) Geonte Jackson    2015 .379
       
Runs Matt Hilston 2014 43
       
Doubles Anthony Herrera 2016 21
       
Triples Clifton Thomas 2009 4
       
Home Runs Zack McGuire 2016 7
       
Total Hits Trey Porras 2011 72
       
RBI G.R. Hinsley 2013 55
       
Stolen Bases Jimmy Norris 2015 34
       
OBP (min. 50 AB) Garrett McCain 2016  .505
       
Total At-Bats Patrick McLendon 2013 232
       
Walks Herb Romero 2011 45
       
Total Bases G.R. Hinsley 2013 139
       
Slugging Percentage (min. 50 AB) Garrett McCain 2016 .588
       
PITCHING RECORDS
       
Wins Brian Borski (tied)
CJ Gregory (tied)
2010
2015
8
8
       
ERA (min. 15 innings) Joaquin Hinojosa 2009 0.00
       
Games Derek Mazzio 2012 28
       
Games Started Travis Smith 2009 10
  Jake Moser 2011 10
  Michael Hilliard 2011 10
  Brannon Easterling 2012 10
       
Complete Games Brian Borksi 2010 2
  Levi Saenz 2010 2
  Clint Helms 2007 2
  Mike Mokma 2017 2

 

Saves

Garrett Shepperd 2011 13
       
IP Michael Hilliard 2011 64.1
       
Strike Outs

Willy Amador

2016

60

       
ATTENDANCE RECORDS
     
Home Opener Attendance

American Momentum Bank Ballpark
(June 6, 2012)

Bombers vs Cane Cutters 2,027
     
Playoff Game Attendance

American Momentum Bank Ballpark
(August 6, 2008)

Bombers vs Marshals 1,279
     
Non-game Attendance
American Momentum Bank Ballpark
(July 20, 2007)
Home Run Derby 1,801
     
Regular Season Game Attendance
American Momentum Bank Ballpark
(June 15, 2010)
Bombers vs Tomcats 3,583
     
Full Season Attendance
Cellucor Field 2015 Season 59,136