Robbie Tolan played for the Bay Area Toros and made national news after being shot outside his home in Texas in December 2008. He recently wrote a book, and a video and link to the Amazon page for the book are now on the Toros’ 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 the archive of articles written by the McKinney Courier Gazette during 2008 on the CBL and the McKinney Blue Thunder. Several feature articles about players, and there are game recaps as well as mentions of other teams & players from the 2008 season.
All of those articles have been added below the “Videos” section on the McKinney Blue Thunder page here:
Found a comprehensive article detailing life on and off the field for the Bay Area Toros during a road trip series against the Corpus Christi Beach Dawgs in Robstown, Texas. Several quotes from players, coaches and the front office are in the article.
It has been added to the Toros page here:
We found some photos from May 2008 before the season started from the “media day” for the McKinney Blue Thunder. The photos were taken in the stands at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.
The photos are now on the Blue Thunder page here: