A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from January 27, 2007
Baseball Capital of Texas (Brenham nickname)

"Baseball Capital of Texas” is the unofficial nickname of Brenham in Washington County. High school baseball in Brenham has been ranked No. 1 in Texas.


Washington County Chamber of Commerce
Brenham/Washington County is conveniently located on Highway 290, 68 miles west of Houston and 88 miles east of Austin. Only 40 miles south of Bryan/College Station.

To the southwest, San Antonio is 150 miles while the Dallas/Fort Worth area is 210 miles to the north. 

Daily Texan
2/19/02
Brenham native contributes in first season at Texas
By By Jeff Sturdevant (Daily Texan Staff)

Growing up there leaves you little choice of what your hobby is going to be. And if you so happen to be born male, you are almost certain to be called “slugger.”

Welcome to Brenham, Texas, where visitors are welcomed by a sign declaring it the “Baseball Capital of Texas.” Brenham is also home of Longhorn junior outfielder Dustin Majewski, who is quickly grabbing the attention of Texas baseball fans with his hitting prowess.

Nestled nicely within Washington County on Texas Highway 36, Brenham is home to much more than the well-known Blue Bell creamery or the Monastery of St. Clare Miniature Horse Farm.

“Baseball is definitely big,” Majewski said. “Little league is the thing down there. We’ve made the playoffs like 20 years in a row.”

Baseball is such an occasion in Brenham that, in 1991, the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame decided to display its collection there at Blinn College. The exhibit houses memorabilia that totals more than 450 pieces, including a life-size wax figure of Nolan Ryan, a baseball signed by the 1938 New York Yankees and Mickey Mantle’s 515th home run ball.

Orange (TX) Leader
Published: May 16, 2006 11:11 pm
Brenham, which is ranked No. 1 by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association and fifth by Baseball America, is expected to turn to staff ace Jason Gurka, who recently signed to pitch for Angelina Junior College, and place all its ‘marbles’ in Gurka’s hands.
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Coach Jim Long has a record of 389 wins and 129 losses for the Cubs, who won three state championships in the 70’s and three in the 80’s.

Brenham has even deemed itself as “The Baseball Capital of Texas” with a sign outside its field that exhibits the 36 district championships and 47 playoff appearances the school has made.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Saturday, January 27, 2007 • Permalink