100 Years of Baseball on St. Petersburg's Waterfront: How the Game Helped Shape a City

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An argument can be made that St. Petersburg is a city that baseball built. And the primary architect was Al Lang, the Pittsburgh transplant who introduced spring training baseball to a sleepy settlement that was still finding its bearings. Soon enough, Babe Ruth and the Yankees readied for the season alongside “Sunshine Al.” Basking in the combined light of baseball’s star power and the Florida coast’s gentle rays was an irresistible attraction, and the population exploded. St. Petersburg was a beacon in other ways as well, ultimately leading the way out of the segregationist practices in which Florida’s spring training cities were mired. Nearly two hundred Hall of Famers prepped for the season at St. Pete as the city grew up around them. Author Rick Vaughn explores the partnership between Florida’s Sunshine City and America’s pastime.
ISBN: 9781467152860
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: Sports
Images: 44
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Rick Vaughn is a veteran in the sports communications field having served more than 30 with baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays and the NFL’s Washington Redskins. He served as the lead PR executive for the closing of Baltimore’s beloved Memorial Stadium and the opening of the iconic Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the launch of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion franchise and its rebranding to Rays in 2008. He is presently the executive director of Los Angeles Angels Manager Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation.
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