The Memphis Bootheelers are an American professional baseball team based in the Memphis metropolitan area. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. The team plays their home games at International Paper Park in Southaven, Mississippi, which they share with fellow MLB franchise Memphis Wolves, which is a member of the National League (NL) Central division.
The Bootheelers were founded in 1955 as a expansion team by Val Pascual, previously a player for the original 1902-1953 St. Louis Browns, as he wanted to create competition for the established Memphis Wolves. The team was originally named the Memphis Rancher Kings, but was renamed the Bootheelers in 1960 after the team appropriated a mocking nickname used to refer to the team's large amount of players from the Missouri Bootheel region.