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Shreveport-Bossier Captains


Shreveport-Bossier Captains

The Shreveport-Bossier Captains were a professional baseball team based in Shreveport, Louisiana, in the United States. Following the 2011 season, the team was sold to new ownership and moved to Laredo, Texas, to continue play at the Laredo Lemurs. The Captains were a member of the South Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Lemurs will continue play in the AA's South Division. From the 2003 season to the 2011 season, the Captains played their home games at Shreveport's Fair Grounds Field.

The latest incarnation of the Captains was founded in 2003 as the Shreveport Sports, after the Class-AA Texas League Shreveport Swamp Dragons moved to Frisco, Texas, to become the RoughRiders. On January 8, 2009, the Captains unveiled their new name (a tribute to Captain Henry Miller Shreve, the founder of Shreveport), logo, and color scheme; unlike prior teams, this incarnation of the Captains also encompasses neighboring Bossier City in its locale name.

After the 2010 sesson, the Captains' current owners were awarded an American Association team to be based in Amarillo to replace a United League Baseball team. At first it was assumed the Captains would be relocating to Amarillo. However, the Pensacola Pelicans' owners later purchased the Carolina Mudcats and will be folding the American Association incarnation of the team for the 2011 season so that the Mudcats can relocate to Pensacola for the 2012 baseball season. This move was expected to keep the Captains in Shreveport and in the American Association for the foreseeable future.

However, the Shreveport Captains announced on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, that the team had been sold to a new ownership group, and would move. The team was purchased by Laredo Baseball Investors, LLC.

History of Shreveport baseball

Professional baseball has been in Shreveport at various levels since 1895, including several teams named the Shreveport Sports and one prior team named the Shreveport Captains:

  • 1895 — Shreveport Grays (Texas-Southern League)
  • 1901–03 — Shreveport Giants (Southern Association)
  • 1904–07 — Shreveport Pirates (Southern Association)
  • 1908–10 — Shreveport Pirates (Texas League)
  • 1915–24 — Shreveport Gassers (Texas League)
  • 1925–32 — Shreveport Sports (Texas League)
  • 1933 — Shreveport Sports (Dixie League)
  • 1934 — Shreveport Sports (East Dixie League)
  • 1935 — Shreveport Sports (West Dixie League)
  • 1938–42 — Shreveport Sports (Texas League)
  • 1946–57 — Shreveport Sports (Texas League)
  • 1959–61 — Shreveport Sports (Southern Association)
  • 1968–70 — Shreveport Braves (Texas League)
  • 1971–2000 — Shreveport Captains (Texas League)
  • 2001–02 — Shreveport Swamp Dragons (Texas League)
  • 2003–05 — Shreveport Sports (Central League)
  • 2006–08 — Shreveport Sports (American Association)
  • 2009–2011 — Shreveport-Bossier Captains (American Association)

Major Leaguers Who Played in a Shreveport Uniform

  • Mike Aldrete (SF Giants, Montreal Expos, SD Padres, CLE Indians, Oakland Athletics, CA Angels, NY Yankees)-----(Captains)
  • Marvin Benard (SF Giants)-----(Captains)
  • Pedro Feliz (SF Giants)-----(Captains)
  • Royce Clayton (SF Giants, STL Cardinals, TX Rangers, CHI White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, CO Rockies, AZ Diamondbacks, WA Nationals)-----(Captains)
  • Russ Ortiz (Giants, Braves, Diamondbacks, Orioles)-----(Captains)
  • Yorvit Torrealba (Giants, Rockies, Mariners)-----(Captains)
  • Chili Davis (Giants, Angels, Yankees, Twins, Royals)-----(Captains)
  • Bill Mueller (Giants, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers)-----(Captains)
  • Doug Mirabelli (Giants, Red Sox, Rangers, Padres)-----(Captains)
  • George Sisler (Browns, Braves) (Baseball Hall of Fame inductee)-----(Sports)
  • Al Simmons (Philadelphia A's, White Sox, Senators) (Baseball Hall of Fame inductee)-----(Gassers)
  • Zack Wheat (Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia A's) (Baseball Hall of Fame inductee)-----(Sports)
  • Bill Terry (New York Giants) (Baseball Hall of Fame inductee)-----(Sports)
  • Dusty Baker (Braves, Dodgers, A's)-----(Shreveport Braves)
  • Ralph Garr (Braves, White Sox, Angels)-----(Shreveport Braves)
  • Tom O'Malley (Giants, Mets, Orioles, Rangers)-----(Captains)
  • Rick Honeycutt (Mariners, Dodgers, A's, Rangers, Cardinals)-----(Captains)
  • Sixto Lezcano (Brewers, Padres, Phillies, Cardinals)-----(Captains)
  • Ramón Martínez (Giants, Cubs, Tigers, Phillies, Dodgers)-----(Captains)
  • Calvin Murray (Giants, Rangers, Cubs)-----(Captains)
  • Aaron Fultz (Giants, Rangers, Twins, Phillies)-----(Captains)
  • Chris Singleton (White Sox, Orioles, A's, Devil Rays)-----(Captains)
  • Rich Aurilia (Giants, Mariners, Reds)-----(Captains)
  • Jay Canizaro (Giants, Twins)-----(Captains)
  • Keith Foulke (Giants, White Sox, Red Sox)-----(Captains)
  • Dennis Cook (Giants, Indians, Mets, Angels)-----(Captains)
  • Damon Minor (SF Giants)-----(Captains)
  • Joe Nathan (Giants, Twins, Rangers)-----(Captains, Swamp Dragons)
  • Lance Niekro (SF Giants)-----(Swamp Dragons)
  • Jesse Foppert (SF Giants)-----(Swamp Dragons)
  • Scott Linebrink (Giants, Astros, Padres, Brewers, White Sox, Braves)-----(Captains)
  • John Burkett (SF Giants, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox)-----(Captains)
  • Jeff Brantley (SF Giants, Reds, Cardinals, Philies, Rangers)-----(Captains)
  • Jeff Kent (Toronto Blue Jays, NY Mets, Cleveland Indians, SF Giants, Houston Astros, LA Dodgers)-----(Captains)
  • Joey Gathright (Devil Rays, Royals, Cubs, Red Sox)-----(Captains)

Playoff Appearances

  • 1919 (Gassers)
  • 1942 (Sports)
  • 1948 (Sports)
  • 1949 (Sports)
  • 1952 (Sports)
  • 1954 (Sports)
  • 1955 (Sports)
  • 1976 (Captains)
  • 1979 (Captains)
  • 1986-1995 (Captains)
  • 1997 (Captains) (lost in championship series)
  • 1999 (Captains)
  • 2000 (Captains)
  • 2004 (Sports) (lost in championship series)
  • 2006 (Sports)
  • 2010 (Captains)


  • 1919 Texas League Championship (Gassers)
  • 1942 Texas League Championship (Sports)
  • 1952 Texas League Championship (Sports)
  • 1955 Texas League Championship (Sports)
  • 1990 Texas League Championship (Captains)
  • 1991 Texas League Championship (Captains)
  • 1995 Texas League Championship (Captains)
  • 2010 American Association Championship (Captains)


Gasser Park 1915-1924; Biedenharn Park 1925-1932; Texas League Park 1938-1942, 1946–1957; Bonneau Peters Field 1968; Braves Field 1968-1970; SPAR Stadium 1971-1985; Fair Grounds Field 1986–2011

Major League Affiliation

External links

  • Shreveport-Bossier Captains official site
  • Shreveport-Bossier Captains Guide


  • - yearly league standings & awards
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