Texas Collegiate Baseball League Franchise Makes Kilgore Home

Summertime usually means baseball, snow cones and hot dogs.

East Texas sports fans can enjoy all of those when they check out the new Texas Collegiate Baseball franchise that will call Kilgore's Driller Park home this summer.

The league made the big announcement Wednesday at Kilgore's Chamber of Commerce.

The league allows college players to experience a minor league system, plus the added bonus of being scouted by the pros.

The team will have a 48 game schedule, 24 of those at Driller Park. The season runs June through August.

The last time Driller Park hosted minor league baseball was 1950. This team is a bit of a throw back as well. Players will not be paid, so they'll have sponsor families to live with.

Any one player could be a future pro.

"The Texas Collegiate League is one of the top collegiate leagues in the country," said team general manager Mike Lieberman. "So we get some of the best talent not only from here in the region or in Texas, but from everywhere in the country."

Everything is all set to go but one detail. The team has no name and they want East Texas fans, to pick one. The contest deadline is January 25th.

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