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4/2/08 - Kilgore

Fans Pumped, Jacked For Pump Jacks

After two months without a name, Kilgore's baseball team in the Texas Collegiate League is finally branded.

They will be the East Texas Pump Jacks.

"I've always heard of pump jacks from my grandmother," Kilgore resident Tami Bolding explained. Bolding won the online team name contest, collecting inaugural season passes. "I just always remembered looking at them out the window, and hearing them called pump jacks."

Kilgore's historic Driller Park will be home to the Pump Jacks, who are now almost ready to go. The team now has a name and two different logos and mascots, next they'll start signing players for the first season. Because the players in the TCL are in college, the team does not pay them. The Pump Jacks are looking for East Texas families to serve as host families for the players.

"We call them host families," Pump Jacks General Manager Mike Lieberman said, "and family is exactly the term that should be used. How close these families get with the players is remarkable."

So let Pump Jack fever spread once again across the Piney Woods, East Texas is ready.

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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