League Formation

The Continental Baseball League made some national news prior to its first pitch in May 2007. This page is dedicated to the news and press releases and tryouts which occurred before the first official game. Exhibition game information can be found at this link: CBL exhibition games

2006 And Early 2007 CBL Press Releases

Professional Baseball Media Alert – Comes to Lewisville/Denton County & Keller/NE Tarrant County in Texas

Continental Baseball League Says “Let’s Play Ball” in NE Tarrant County – Inaugural Season Features Thursday-Sunday Games Starting May 25, 2007

Continental Baseball League Says “Let’s Play Ball” in Lewisville, Texas Inaugural Season Features Thursday-Sunday Games Starting May 25, 2007

Owner Looks For “Lots of thunder in our bats” – Tarrant County Pro Baseball Team – Selects “Blue Thunder” As Nickname

Bay Area Toros of the Continental Baseball League to call League City, Texas home – Inaugural Season Features 40 Home Games Starting May 27, 2007

Tarrant County Blue Thunder of Continental Baseball League – Names Ex-Texas Ranger Curtis Wilkerson As Team Manager – Season Begins May 25; Tryouts Set in Lewisville, Texas on March 30-31, 2007

Lewisville Lizards Turn to Ex-Major Leaguer Tom Goodwin – To Bring Excitement to Local Continental Baseball League – Season Begins May 25, 2007; Tryouts Set in Lewisville, March 30-31, 2007

Texas Heat to Face CMC Steelers – Continental Baseball League Will Bring Pro Baseball – To Seguin with Exhibition Games June 25 & 26, 2007

Players from 10 States Selected by Four Teams – First Continental Baseball League Draft – Features 38 Picks, Including 20 from Texas – Players from California, New York Picked

First Official Game Set for 7 p.m., Friday, May 25, 2007: Lewisville at Tarrant County – Continental Baseball League Debuts with a Full Slate – On Memorial Day Weekend

Continental Baseball League Revises 2007 Format to 12-week/60-game Schedule – Emphasis on Thursday-Sunday Games & New Youth Instructional League Clinics for Kids

*** Dallas-based Continental Baseball League (CBL) Plays First Game

2006 And Early 2007 News Articles

In June 2006 the Marin Independent Journal (Bay Area in California) published their opinions on the possible 7th inning rule change where home runs would count for double the runs for the trailing team. That rule never was implemented, but here is the link to that article: Article

Lewisville, Keller to join lineup of cities with professional baseball – By BRANDON FORMBY / The Dallas Morning News

Blue Thunder is its name; baseball will be its game – ADRIENNE NETTLES STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER

League City to be part of new baseball league – Houston Business Journal – February 28, 2007

League City turning pro (ball) – By: CHUCK HLAVA Citizen Sports Editor

Chicago Tribune – Around Town by Fred Mitchell

SI – Goodwin to manage independent league team – Mar 5, 2007 7:19 PM

Lewisville Leader – Former Ranger Goodwin named Lizards manager By Chris Roark, Staff Writer

Berlin Journal – Berlin woman owns a baseball club – By Jim Wolff

Sports Business Journal – Mar. 26 – Apr. 1, 2007 Vol. 9 — Issue 46

Killeen Daily Herald – CBL eyeing Killeen as possible expansion site – By Matthew Girard

Professional Baseball coming to Garland? – Derek Ray Johnson (Garland Online)

USA Today update – May 8, 2006 – “New League Advertises Eight-Run Homers”

Sports Business Journal May 29, 2006 – Inside Out (John Genzale)

Baseball league shows interest in Longview – By BOB WARD – Professional baseball could be coming to Longview