Baseball in Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay's interest in baseball spans from the sport's earliest days to the region's win of a national league franchise in the last decade of the 20th century. Hosting more major league spring training games than any other region inthe United States, Tampa has been home to a number of springtraining camps, for teams including the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Senators. St. Petersburg has played host for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Baltimore Orioles, among others. Not only does this region have a rich professional baseball history, but a thriving Little League and recreational leaguetradition. Stars, both young and old, have played for these teams and have brought glory to their hometown. Both St. Petersburg and Tampa formed their own local teams when the minor league was created in 1919, but Tampa Bay's dream for a major league team of its own finally came true in 1995, when, at a meeting of baseball owners in West Palm Beach, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays became the thirteenth expansionteam in major league history.
ISBN: 9780738500584
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of Sports
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author and local historian A.M. de Quesada has gathered images for Baseball in Tampa Bay from a variety of sources, including the National Baseball Library, the Pinellas County Historical Museum, the Dunedin Historical Museum, and ball clubs, including the Dunedin Blue Jays, the Tampa Yankees, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the St. Petersburg Devil Rays, and the Clearwater Phillies. This fascinating pictorial tribute provides detailed information and images of the game's history in the Tampa Bay region and will surely delight those for whom baseball is not just a game, but an important part of our American heritage.
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