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The Early Years

Late 1800s – early 1900s – Baseball has deep roots in Arizona.  Soldiers posted to the Southwest formed teams at the company level after the Civil War.  By the 1890s, local non-military teams were playing each other on a fairly regular basis as reported in newspapers.