One of the final things we enjoyed in West Texas was an Alpine Cowboys baseball game.
The Alpine Cowboys are legendary in West Texas and after a long hiatus, became active again in 2009. The team is part of the Pecos League which is comprised of ten teams across the desert mountain west. The league comes alive for a brief summer season that lasts from mid-May to late July.
The Cowboys play at Kokernot Field, a replica of Wrigley Field built in 1947. The stadium is a gorgeous venue. Constructed of wrought-iron and stone, it seats 1,200 fans and hosts the Sul Ross and Alpine High baseball teams along with the annual Fourth of July festivities. It’s named for Herbert L. Kokernot, Jr., a rancher’s son who transformed the Alpine Cats into the Alpine Cowboys when he bought the team in 1946.
We enjoyed going to two games before we moved. It’s definitely a small town affair, but a really nice way to while away a summer evening in Alpine. We enjoyed hot dogs and brisket nachos from the concession stand and they sell all the Big Bend beers too. If we had stayed in Marfa longer into the summer, we would have attended several more games.