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The Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League (or KITTY League) was a Class D minor league baseball circuit that went through six different lives. The first KITTY League played from 1903 through 1906. The next one ran from 1910 through 1914. The third try played a single season (1916). The circuit was revived in 1922 and lasted three years. The fifth KITTY League lasted the longest, playing from 1935 through 1955 with a break from 1943-1945 due to World War II. The league was also known briefly as the Kentucky-Indiana-Tennessee League, for during this time the league contained teams such as the Evansville Yankees from Evansville, Indiana. Unlike most leagues that were dormant for years in between playing, the KITTY was pretty much the same league from 1903-1955, through its inactive years. Clifton C. Gosnell was league president in 1906, after which the league stopped playing, and was president in 1910-1911 when play resumed. Then Dr. Frank H. Bassett was league president 1912-1914, 1916, 1922-1924, and 1935-1937, through the active times and the inactive. Hopkinsville, Kentucky was represented for 28 of the 31 active seasons of the KITTY League, while Paducah, Kentucky made it for 23.

First KITTY LeagueEdit

The First KITTY League was also called Kentucky-Indiana-Tennesee League and Played from 1903 to 1906 as a Class D League.

1903    Cario Il, Clarksville Tn, Henderson Ky, Hopkinsville Ky, Jackson Tn, Owensboro Ky, Paducak Ky and Vincennes In

1904    Jackson and Owensboro left the league

1905    Princeton In. enter the league and Clarksville left the league

1906    Danville Il, Jacksonville Il and Mattoon Il enter the league and Henderson, Hopkinsville and Princeton left the league.

Second KITTY LeagueEdit

1910    Clarksville Tn, Harrisburg, Il Hopkinsville Ky, McLeansboro Il, Paducah Ky, Vincennes In

1911     Cairo IL and Fulton Ky enter the league

1912     Evansville In and Henderson Ky enter the league and Fulton, Harrisonburg, McLeansboro and Vincennes left the league.

1913     Harrisonburg Il, Ownesboro, Ky and Vincennes In. enter th eleague and Evansville left the league

1914     Harrisonburg and Vincennes has left the league.

Third KITTY LeagueEdit

1916     Clarksville Tn, Dawson Springs Ky, Henderson Ky and Hopkinsville Ky

Four KITTY League Edit

1922     Cairo Il, Fulton Ky, Henderson Ky, Hopkinsville Ky, Mayfiled Ky, Paducak Ky, Paris Tn and Trenton Tn

1923     Dyersburg Tn and Springfield Tn enter the league and Hednerson and Trenton left the league. During the season the Springfield team move to Milan Tn then to Trenton Tn.

1924    Jackson Tn enter the League and Hopkinsville, Paducah, and Trenton has left the league.

Fifth KITTY League Edit

1935    Hopkinsville Ky, Jackson Ky, Lexinton Ky, Paduch Ky, Portageville Mo, and Union City Tn

1936    Fulton Ky and Mayfiled Ky enter the league. During the season, Portageville move to Ownesboro Ky

1937    NO Team has enter or left the League

1938    NO Team has enter or left the League

1939    Bowling Green Ky enter the league and Lexington has left the league.

1940    NO Team has enter or left the League

1941    NO Team has enter or left the League

1942    Mayfield and Paducah has left the league.

1946    Cairo Il, Clarksville Tn Ky,  Fulton Ky, Hopkinsville Ky Madisonville Ky, Mayfield Ky, Ownesboro Ky, and union City Tn

1947    NO Team has enter or left the League

1948    NO Team has enter or left the League

1949    NO Team has enter or left the League

1950    Jackson Tn enter the league and Clakrsville has left the League.

1951    Paducah Ky enter the league and Cairo has left the league.

1952    NO Team has enter or left the League

1953    NO Team has enter or left the League

1954    During the Season the Jackson team move to Central City Ky

1955    Central City and Hopkinsville has left the league

Sixth KITTY League Edit

In 2004, the league was reincarnated as a summer collegiate league called the KIT League. Several of the names of the old Kitty League teams, such as the Fulton Railroaders, Owensboro Oilers, and Union City Greyhounds, were brought back. Although the league maintains a name similar to the previous league, the new KIT League is missing any teams from Illinois and has two teams from Missouri. In 2010 the Kitty League change is name to Ohio Valley League,

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