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Chief Twyman - Pacific Southwest League founder

Pacific Southwest League History

In 2004 the league consisted of just two Arizona teams (Casa Grande Cotton Kings, Havasu Heat) with two teams in California (Orange County Outlaws, Palm Springs Power) and two in Nevada (Las Vegas Lightening, Las Vegas Devils). All things being equal, the geographical location of the league seems to have shifted to southern Arizona as the Old Pueblo (Tucson) has an affiliate, with Casa Grande roughly 60 miles north, and Bisbee a short drive south. The furthest team east being in Las Cruces, NM; representing the only summer collegiate team between Arizona and Texas. The close proximity of the affiliates will ensure players can work or do summer school during the day, save money on road trips, and get valuable practice time. 

 

 

The Casa Grande Cotton Kings are now the elder statesman of the league having participated in PSWL play since 2004. Founder, Dick “Chief” Twyman moved his team (the Heat) from Havasu to Haysville after the 2008 season. The Heat were a dominant force in the PSWL, winning every league title since its inception in 2000, with the pinnacle being a NBC championship in 2007. Chief laid the foundation for quality collegiate baseball in the southwest, while garnering national attention to Lake Havasu City. 

 

Sadly, on January 28, 2011 Chief passed away. He looked out for the PSWL affiliates over the years, showing them the ropes, and instilling the importance of maintaining the tradition and quality of play indicative of the NBC. The PSWL fully acknowledges the contributions Chief made to bring quality summer collegiate baseball to the southwest and greatly appreciates the opportunity to continue his legacy.

Special thanks to Rick Twyman! Continuing the Heat winning tradition in the Jayhawk League with two league titles and three Mid-West Regional champioships in three years!

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