During Anderson's time with the Cats, radio announcer Bill Hightower gave him the nickname "Sparky" after a heated argument with an umpire. Anderson would go on to win World Series championships as a manager with both the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers, becoming the first manager to win a title in both leagues. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. His jersey was retired in 2006.
Known as "Eddie" during his playing days with the Cats, Snider would later become the "Duke of Flatbush" patrolling center field with the Brooklyn Dodgers during their heyday. It was his strong performance in Fort Worth that launched him to the big leagues in 1947. He hit 407 lifetime home runs in the major leagues and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. His jersey was retired in 2004.
Williams, along with Sparky Anderson, Maury Wills, Danny Ozark and Norm Sherry, was one of five future big league managers to play for the 1955 Fort Worth Cats. He also played for the team from 1948-1950. He would go on to lead the Oakland A's to World Series titles in 1972 and 1973. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. His jersey was retired by the Cats the same year.
Wills set a major league record with 104 stolen bases in 1962, the same year he was selected as Most Valuable Player in the National League. Wills played for the Cats in 1955. It was longtime Cats' manager Bobby Bragan who suggested Williams try switch hitting in 1959 while the two were in Spokane. Wills joined the Dodgers that season and remained in the big leagues until 1972. His jersey was retired in 2005.
He became known as "Mr. Baseball" in Fort Worth for his commitment to promoting the game in the city. Bragan first came to Fort Worth as player/manager from 1948-1952. He guided that club to regular season Texas League crowns in 1948 and '49. After managing in the major leagues, Bragan would return to make Fort Worth his home. His jersey was the first to be retired by the Cats in 2003. He started the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation in 1991, a non-profit organization that provides the promise of a college scholarship to deserving eighth graders. Through 2018, the BBYF has awarded 800 scholarships totaling $2 million to students throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2017, the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award was established, honoring one Texas Division I baseball player who excelled both at the plate and in the classroom.