Wichita Wranglers

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The Wichita Wranglers is a double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. They play sixty-eight home games starting in April through September. There is a fireworks show every Saturday home game.

Professional teams in Wichita have had numerous names, managers, affiliations and championships throughout the last 114 years.

Technically, Wichita’s first professional club played in 1887 as the Wichita Braves, going 17-10 and winning the Kansas State League. Wichita was not in a professional league until nine years later, however, resurfacing as the Wichita Eagles. Another nine years passed before the Wichita Jabbers won the Western Association title in 1905 with an impressive 79-56 record. Wichita’s return to baseball marked a run of 29 consecutive years in professional baseball until 1933. In that span, Wichita was in the Western Association for four years and the remaining 25 years as part of the Western League. Wichita captured titles during that run; in 1905 and 1907 as the Jabbers, 1918 as the Witches, 1921 as the Izzies and 1930 as the Wichita Aviators.

After 1933, however, Wichita did not have a professional baseball team until 1950. It was then that Wichita was first affiliated with a major league team, the St. Louis Browns. Wichita had to wait until 1957 for another title. The Wichita Browns won the American Association championship that season, winning 93 games as the Triple-A affiliate of Milwaukee.

Unfortunately for Wichita baseball fans, the championship drought that ensued lasted from 1958 until 1987. The Wichita Pilots brought back home Wichita’s eighth overall title in their first season in the Texas League. Wichita has been known as the Wranglers since then, winning Texas League championships in 1992 and 1999. Wichita owns a total of 10 titles in professional baseball.

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