Texas was a frequent spring training destination in the early decades of the 20th Century. While San Antonio was the most popular location for the major-leaguers, Marlin in central Texas hosted five different teams over the period of 1904-1923. The New York Giants were long-term tenants at Marlin, and their operation at Emerson Park is generally credited with being the first “permanent” major league spring training facility.
Click on the link below to download a powerpoint presentation about spring training in Marlin, Texas. This document was originally presented at the January, 2009 SABR Rogers Hornsby Chapter Winter Meeting at Texas State University.
NOTE – the powerpoint is about 10MB in size, so it may take a little while to download.