1903, in the meaning defined above
Texas League, a baseball minor league
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“Texas leaguer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Texas%20leaguer. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.
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