The Madrid Miners were a pretty successful baseball team from about 1920-1950. Their home was the mining town of Madrid, New Mexico, which got its start when coal was discovered nearby in the mid-1800s. This link will take readers to a trove of history about the first baseball stadium to have its own lightes, even before the first major-league team got them.
When I was growing up in Arizona I played a lot of baseball. While in high school Jim Palmer was rising to legendary stardom at a neighboring school. He had an electric fastball that my brother and I could not catch up to:))) Later in life (before the Washington Nationals debut) I drove up to Baltimore many times to watch him pitch (and drive Earl Weaver around the bend). The Orioles were the only game in town for us ball-players in The Washington, D.C. area.
Check out this unusual story about Jim Palmer
Here is an incredible story about baseball in the Arizona Territory in the 1870s to the 1890s. The territory was home to a number of U.S. Army forts and when the soldiers weren’t out chasing outlaws or warring with renegade Indians they apparently often turned to baseball for entertainment. Here is a link to the news article: