Thanks to former Texarkana Gunslingers player Brendan Rubenstein for sending us his photos of the front and back of most of the 2008 team’s baseball card set. Those images are now on the Memorabilia page here:
Ryan Powell played a few games in the CBL, in 2008 with the Texarkana Gunslingers and 2009 with the Big Bend Cowboys. He got injured but returned in 2011 in the Pecos League to be a player-manager with the Carlsbad Bats and then finished his time with the Trinidad Triggers in 2012.
He joined the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 as a scout for the independent leagues, but then was able to honor his ailing mother by playing a spring training game with the Orioles. Here are the links (including from MLB.com) and a video clip of him on ESPN (all rights go to ESPN, the video was uploaded to Ryan’s YouTube channel) about the story. In some of the articles, the Big Bend Cowboys are mentioned:
We found 2 photos of baseball cards from the 2008 Texarkana Gunslingers set. Those have been added to the Memorabilia page here: http://www.cblproball.com/memorabilia/
We also found a Beckett.com listing of all of the cards from that baseball card set. The link to that page has been added to the Gunslingers’ page here: Texarkana Gunslingers
Just added several random articles about the 2009 and 2010 Big Bend Cowboys. Some include fan reviews of the stadium, a brief bio on the team’s last manager – Ryan Stevens, review of the logo and uniform when they were made public and more.
All have been added to the Big Bend Cowboys page here:
Just uploaded a short video clip taken from the 1st base dugout as the 2007 CBL All-Star Game concluded. It showed players and coaching staff members from the North team after it won the game. The team was comprised of players and coaches from the Lewisville Lizards and the Tarrant County Blue Thunder.
Tom Goodwin (manager of the Lizards), Curtis Wilkerson (manager of the Blue Thunder) and Kieran Mattison (pitcher and coach for the Lizards) are featured in this clip.
That video clip has been added to the 2007 CBL All-Star Game page here:
Just added 20+ photos taken from a May 31, 2008 game between the McKinney Blue Thunder visiting the Bay Area Toros at Robinson Stadium in Texas City. All photo credits go to Flickr user “Stephen” (click here) and this link takes you to that user’s album specific to the Blue Thunder-Toros game (click here).
Those photos have been added to the bottom of the Toros page here:
Just added a video clip featuring Jesse Longoria, of the Lewisville Lizards, batting during the 2007 Continental Baseball League home run derby. The event took place at Clear Creek High School in League City Texas in July 2007.
Just added a short video clip of the South team for the 2007 All-Star Game, taken after the game. The team was comprised on players and coaching staff from the Bay Area Toros and the Texas Heat.
That clip has been added to the 2007 All-Star Game page here:
Just added dozens of new photos from the 2008 McKinney Blue Thunder team. They include players, announcers, mascot and even fans with players.
Here is the link to the McKinney Blue Thunder page:
We are not sure about the authenticity of these jerseys, but there is a website indicating that it has Alexandria Aces jerseys for sale from 2009 (CBL) through 2013 (United League Baseball era):
If anyone can provide authenticity (or lack thereof) then please let us know.