Sinton, TX Area Guide

Sinton is a city in San Patricio County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,676 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of San Patricio County. It is named in honor of David Sinton.

History

Sinton was established in 1855 as a station on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass railroad and became the county seat of San Patricio.

Sports

From 1948 to 1958, Sinton was the home to the Plymouth Oilers, a semi-professional baseball team sponsored by Plymouth Oil Company, which had extensive drilling operations on the Welder ranch, north of the city. The team hired star college players for the summer and gave them jobs in the field, gas plant, and office. Experienced players were hired on a permanent basis. By 1950, the Oilers were playing a 46 game schedule, going 33-13 and placing fourth in the National Baseball Congress (NBC) national,semi-pro tournament. In 1951, the Oilers returned to the national,championship after winning the state title in Oiler Park before a record crowd of 2,304. At the national tournament in Wichita against the Camp Pickett (Virginia) Red Wings, Oiler pitcher Mike Blyzka turned in a no-hit, no-run game (5–0), the second in tournament history. The Oilers then defeated Atwater (California) 3–0 to win the national championship, the first Texas team to do so, They returned to nationals in ’52, ’54, ’55, ’56, and ’57, placing second in ’55. In ’57, the NBC declared Sinton, Texas, the premier city in the nation, per capita, for promoting semi-pro baseball for nearly a decade. In the spring of 1958 the Plymouth Oil Company, citing economic conditions, ended its support of the Oilers, and the team disbanded.

Sinton High School has established itself as one of the premier athletic programs in Class 3A, securing State Championships in both Baseball and Basketball. The Pirates won back to back Class 3A baseball championships in 1988 and 1989, and won another in 2002. They have made 4 other trips to the State Baseball Tournament (1975, 1999, 2003, 2007). The Pirate basketball team won the Class 3A State Championship in 1996. In the 2001 Football season, Sinton finished their best season in school history, 14-1, with a close loss to Everman (25-14) in the 3A Division I State Championship game played at Kyle Field.