The Mission Grapefruiters were a minor league baseball team based in Mission, Texas. The Grapefruiters played as members of the Class D level - Gulf Coast League in 1926 and Texas Valley League from 1927 to 1928.
On July 16, 1926, the Kingsville Jerseys of the Class D level - Gulf Coast League, relocated to Mission, Texas. Kingsville had a 14–26 record at the time of the move. The Kingsville/Mission team ended the season with an overall record of 46–52, after compiling a record of 32–26 while based in Mission. The team placed 3rd in the four–team league under managers Tom Deering, Fred Paschal and Ed Marburger, finishing 12.0 games behind the 1st place Laredo Oilers in the final standings.
The Mission Grapefruiters continued play in a newly named league in 1927. The Texas Valley League formed as a four–team Class D level league, evolving from the 1926 Gulf Coast League, with the Corpus Christi Seahawks, Edinburg Bobcats, Laredo Oilers and Mission Grapefruits continuing play, as all four teams had finished the previous season as the only members of the 1926 Gulf Coast League.
The Texas Valley League began playing on April 5, 1927, with Mission playing at Laredo. The Mission Grapefruiters had the best overall regular season record, but the team missed the playoffs due to a split–season schedule in the league.
Mission 30-30 Rifles
In the early 1920s, the Mission 30-30 Rifles baseball club was founded by former professional baseball player, Leo “Najo” Alaniz. Jose Carreon Garza, an avid hunter from Penitas, came up with the name the Mission 30-30s, named after the Winchester Model 1894 rifle, which was popularly known as the 30-30 rifle. The 30-30s became a baseball institution in Mission, existing until the mid-1960s. A number of famous South Texans besides Najo played on the 30-30s team, including future Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry and future U.S. Congressman Kika de la Garza.
MISSION FIESTA LADIES
The Mission Fiesta Ladies (est. in 1940) were Mission’s girl softball team part of the Rio Grande Valley Girls’ Softball League during the early 1940s. They closed a successful first season with about a .500 average. There are no known photos of the Mission Fiesta Ladies (also known as the Mission Ladies). All the information gathered on the Ladies is via newspaper clippings.