Jack Russell Memorial Stadium

Jack Russell Memorial Stadium is a stadium in Clearwater, Florida. It opened as Jack Russell Stadium in 1955. It had a capacity of 4,744 when it opened; in 2003 seating capacity was 6,942 people. It was the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball team from 1955 through 2003. Since 2017, it has been home to the Clearwater High School and St. Petersburg College baseball teams.[1]

The Clearwater Bombers, a softball team that won 10 National Amateur Softball Association titles between 1950 and 1973, played their home games there from 1955 through 1984. The name of the stadium was changed to Jack Russell Memorial Stadium following Jack Russell's death in November 1990.

In 2004, the Philadelphia Phillies moved to Bright House Networks Field, 4 miles to the east. Most of the ballpark was demolished on July 21, 2007.[2] The dugouts, offices, and other elements were retained as the field has continued to be used for amateur baseball.

In 2019 it is serving as the temporary home field of the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Jack Russell Memorial Stadium
Former namesJack Russell Stadium (1955–1990)
Location800 Phillies Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33755, United States
Coordinates27°58′28″N 82°47′21″W / 27.97444°N 82.78917°WCoordinates: 27°58′28″N 82°47′21″W / 27.97444°N 82.78917°W
OwnerCity of Clearwater
Capacity4,744 (1955)
5,368 (1985)
6,942 (2003)
1,200 (2018)
Field sizeLeft – 340 ft.
Center – 400 ft.
Right – 340 ft.
Surfacegrass
Construction
Broke ground1954
OpenedMarch 10, 1955
RenovatedJuly 21, 2007
Construction cost$317,653
ArchitectMarr and Holliman (Nashville, Tennessee)
General contractorClearwater Construction Company
Tenants
Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) (spring training) (1955–2003)
Clearwater Bombers (ASA) (1955–1984)
Clearwater Phillies (FSL) (1985–2003)
St. Petersburg College (NJCAA) (2017-present)
Clearwater High School (2017-present)
Dunedin Blue Jays (FSL) (2019)

Name

Jack Russell played in the Major Leagues from 1926 through 1940. He was introduced to Pinellas County while training in the area as a member of the Cleveland American League club. Russell settled in Clearwater after his career where he became a Union Oil Co. distributor and Clearwater Chamber of Commerce president.[3] The Phillies moved their training to Clearwater for the 1947 season and played at Clearwater Athletic Field. Russell became a Clearwater city commissioner, a position he held from 1951 to 1955, and was a vocal advocate for a new ballpark for Clearwater. In 1954, the Clearwater city council approved the building of the park which would serve as the spring home of the Phillies. In 1955, Clearwater Mayor Herbert M. Brown surprised Russell when he announced that the stadium would be named in his honor.[4]

History

Jack Russell was instrumental in the conception of the ballpark. Russell had the blueprints and plans drawn up himself in 1954 and then approached the Clearwater mayor and city commission with the plans in July 1954. The mayor and commissioners approved of the idea and then Russell obtained legal rights from the Florida state supreme court in Tallahassee to raise the money to build the stadium through revenue bonds. Work began in fall 1954.[5]

The stadium was dedicated on March 10, 1955.[6] Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick, National League president Warren Giles, American League president Will Harridge, Clearwater mayor Herbert M. Brown, and other city dignitaries were in attendance.[7] The Phillies played their first game at the stadium on the day of the dedication. Robin Roberts started for the Phillies against the Detroit Tigers. The Phillies won 4-2 on a two-run double by Willie Jones before 4,209 attendees.[4]

The Florida Winter Instructional Rookie League played in October and November. The Baltimore Orioles team played their home games at Jack Russell in 1959[8] and the Kansas City A's played at the ballpark in 1960.[9] The Orioles and Yankees shared the ballpark in 1970[10] and 1971.[11]

The Tokyo Giants trained with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach in 1971. The Phillies played the Giants at Jack Russell on March 15, 1971.[12]

The 1987 HBO film Long Gone shot many of the movie's road games at Jack Russell Stadium in November 1986.[13]

The City of Clearwater added additional seating during the 1989–1990 off-season raising capacity from 5,300 to close to 7,000.[14]

In its final spring training in 2003, parking cost $3 and game tickets cost $8, $6, and $5.[15]

Clearwater Phillies

Clearwater city officials first approached the Philadelphia Phillies as early as 1981 about placing a full season Phillies minor league affiliate at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater. In a visit to Philadelphia in July 1982, Clearwater city officials and the president of the Florida State League invited the Philadelphia Phillies to affiliate with an FSL franchise in Clearwater.

While the Phillies played their spring training schedule at the stadium every March, the Amateur Softball Association Clearwater Bombers had used Jack Russell Stadium during the summer months when the field would be reconfigured for softball since the stadium's opening in 1955. The placement of a minor league baseball team would force the relocation of the Bombers.[16]

The Florida State League granted Clearwater a franchise in September 1984 over the protests of the Bombers and their local supporters. A new playing field was built for the Bomers adjacent to the Phillies Carpenter Complex.[17]

For the Clearwater Phillies' first-season in the Florida State League in 1985, a new home clubhouse and additional seating were added to the ballpark. The Clearwater Phillies played their first regular season game at Jack Russell on April 12, 1985 against the Tampa Tarpons.[18]

Jack Rusell Stadium was the site of a double no-hitter on August 23, 1992 when the Clearwater Phillies' Andy Carter no-hit the Winter Haven Red Sox whose Scott Bakkum no-hit the Phillies. Cleawater won 1-0 on two seventh inning walked batters and sacrifice bunts.[19] In a spring training game on April 2, 1993, the Boston Red Sox' Frank Viola and Cory Bailey no-hit the Phillies 10-0 at Jack Russell.[20]

The Clearwater Phillies played their last game at the stadium on Saturday night, August 23, 2003. Robin Roberts, who had pitched the first exhibition game in 1955, threw out the first-pitch. 6,472 fans, the second-largest crowd in Clearwater Phillies history, saw the Phillies lose 6-2 to the Sarasota Red Sox.[21]

Organist ejection

Wilbur Snapp, organist 1985, Jack Russell Stadium, Clearwater, FL
Wilbur Snapp

Wilbur Snapp served as Stadium organist from 1982 through 1996. Snapp had run a music store in Springfield, Ohio and retired to Florida in 1978. He played organ for both spring training and Florida State League games. Snapp received national attention following his ejection from an FSL ballgame in 1985. On June 25, 1985 during a Clearwater Phillies game against the Osceola Astros, an umpire called a close-out against Clearwater. Snapp agreed with the boos of the crowd and began playing "Three Blind Mice."[22] The umpire ejected Snapp, the first time an organist was ejected by an umpire during a game.[23] Willard Scott mentioned it on NBC's Today show, and Paul Harvey talked about it on his syndicated radio program. Clearwater replaced Snapp with recorded music in 1997 but it was reported that Snapp continued to attend home games at the Stadium.[24]

Non-baseball uses

The ballpark was listed in 1957 as having a seating capacity of 6,500 for concerts.[25]

The Rolling Stones played Jack Russell Stadium on May 6, 1965 during their 22-show 3rd American Tour.[26] That night, Keith Richards found the guitar riff for (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction in his sleep, when he briefly woke up in his room at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, recorded the riff and the phrase "I can't get no satisfaction", and went back to sleep.[27]

The pop-band 'N Sync was from Orlando and played a concert at Jack Russell in 1996.[21]

On January 14, 2000, Tampa's Michael "Gold" Rush claimed the vacant National Boxing Association's cruiserweight belt with a technical knockout of Pedro Riveron at 1 minute, 34 seconds into the seventh round in front of 1,500 spectators.

After the Phillies

The Clearwater City Council voted on June 7, 2007 to partially raze the stadium and JVS Contracting Inc of Tampa[28] demolished much of the stadium that summer.[29] Left were the playing field, dugouts, bleachers, batting cages, and original two-story office in the right field corner.

The Winning Inning Baseball Academy, a Christian-based athletic organization, leased the ballpark from the City of Clearwater in 2007. The organization paid rent, utilities, and maintained the field, and while the City of Clearwater paid for structural repairs.[30]

The Winning Inning and City of Clearwater hosted the Clearwater College Invitational in March 2008 at the reconfigured ballpark.[31]

The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission hosted a Big East/Big Ten Baseball Challenge in February 2009 that brought Big Ten and Big East teams to play a tournament in the area. Jack Russell Stadium was one of five local ballparks hosting Challenge games.[32][33]

Current Use

In 2017 and 2018, the City of Clearwater invested $500,000 and partnered with the Clearwater High School Batter Up Booster Club, the Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Clearwater for Youth, the Pinellas County School District, Clearwater High School and St. Petersburg College to add an additional clubhouse, a second set of batting cages, seating for 1,200, and installed turf, formerly used in Tropicana Field from 2011 to 2016 by the Tampa Bay Rays, on the training field.[34]

On March 23, 2018, the City of Clearwater and the Phillies dedicated a memorial park at the ballpark to honor the Phillies Hall of Famers Jack Russell, visiting greats, and World Champion 1980 Phillies team who played there.[35]

During renovations to Dunedin Stadium in 2019, the Dunedin Blue Jays are using the ballpark as a temporary home field, playing 62 of their 70 scheduled home games at the park.[36]

References

  1. ^ McManus, Tracy (September 7, 2017). "Old Tropicana Field turf gets new life in Clearwater". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Associated Press (2007-07-21). "Phillies' old spring training home demolished". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
  3. ^ Kornacki, Steve (2007-06-16). "Stadium Is Down To Its Final Out". Tampa Tribune. Archived from the original on September 18, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  4. ^ a b Lee, Demorris A. (2007-07-15). "Memories Linger". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  5. ^ Kouzmanoff, Tommy (1980-03-16). "Jack Russell Stadium Has Continued To Be Of Benefit To Clearwater". St. Petersburg Times. p. 4. Retrieved 2009-09-18.
  6. ^ "Phillies". Miami Daily News. 1955-03-10. p. 12A.
  7. ^ Lewis, Allen (March 1986). "Philadelphia Clearwater '47 '86". 1986 Phillies Spring Training 40th Year in Clearwater. Clearwater, Florida: Philadelphia Phillies: 4, 5.
  8. ^ "Winter League Orioles Open Workouts Today". St. Petersburg Times. 1959-10-08. p. 5-C. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  9. ^ "Clearwater, A's Agree on Stadium". St. Petersburg Times. 1960-09-30. p. 1-C. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  10. ^ "It's 'Play Ball' Time for Winter League". St. Petersburg Evening Independent. 1970-09-28. p. 2-C. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  11. ^ Ellison, Jack (1971-09-11). "Majors Revise Winter League". St. Petersburg Times. pp. 1–C, 2-C. Retrieved 2009-05-01.
  12. ^ "Phillies to meet Tokyo in Spring at Clearwater". St. Petersburg Times. 1970-12-02. pp. 3–C. Retrieved 2009-03-20.
  13. ^ Persall, Steve (March 23, 2015). "Baseball movie made in Tampa Bay in 1986 is 'Long Gone'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  14. ^ Henry, Kaylois (1989-09-17). "Clearwater gets go-ahead on parking spaces, stadium". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  15. ^ Farrell, Peter; Andrew Kulyk (2007-07-23). "RIP – Jack Russell Stadium". The Ultimate Sports Road Trip. Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  16. ^ Brew, Tom (1982-09-03). "Minor league team sought for Clearwater". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  17. ^ Brew, Tom (1984-09-26). "It's time for Bombers to move on". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  18. ^ Henderson, Robert (1985-04-09). "Clearwater Phillies' debut is right around the corner". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  19. ^ "One for the Books: A Double No-Hitter". New York Times. 1992-08-24. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  20. ^ "Viola, Bailey combine on no-hitter". Chicago Tribune. 1993-04-03. pp. 3 SPORTS.
  21. ^ a b Reeves, Terri D. (2003-08-25). "Jack Russell Memorial Stadium: Lights out, with a bang". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  22. ^ "Play it again, Wilbur". The Miami News. June 28, 1985. p. 2B. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  23. ^ "Wilbur Snapp, 83; Only Baseball Organist Ousted by an Umpire". Los Angeles Times. 2003-09-10. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  24. ^ "Wilbur Snapp, 83, Organist Ejected by Ump". New York Times. 2003-09-10. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  25. ^ "The Billboard Outdoor Amusement Directory". Billboard. 1957-04-13. Retrieved 2009-05-19.
  26. ^ "American Spring Tour, 1965". frayed.org. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  27. ^ "The Rolling Stones: Satisfaction". Guitar Chords Magic. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  28. ^ "Tampa Construction Division". PBTP Construction Services Division Tampa Florida. 2009-10-20.
  29. ^ Lee, Demorris A. (2007-06-06). "Stadium may fall, but memories remain". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
  30. ^ Cronan, Carl (2007-02-27). "Safe at home: Stadium survives wrecking ball, for now". The Tampa Bay Business Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
  31. ^ "Red Raider Preview for Clearwater College Invitational". Northwestern College Red Raiders. 2008-03-02. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  32. ^ BIG EAST Conference (2008-10-20). "Schedule For First BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge Released". Big East Conference Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  33. ^ BIG EAST Conference (2009-02-23). "Revised - Big East/Big Ten Challenge Schedule - Revised February 20-22, 2009". Big East Conference Athletics. Retrieved 2009-03-01.
  34. ^ Castillo, Piper (April 6, 2017). "St. Petersburg College, Clearwater High right at home in historic Jack Russell Stadium". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  35. ^ Rapps, Matt (March 22, 2018). "Clearwater to unveil Monument Park at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium". Sports Talk Philly. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  36. ^ https://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/2018/12/22/rays-tales-no-reason-to-say-uncle-charlie/

External links

1990 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1990 throughout the world.

1993 Boston Red Sox season

The 1993 Boston Red Sox season was the 93rd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses, 15 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays.

Baseball in the Tampa Bay Area

Baseball in the Tampa Bay Area, both amateur and professional, has had a long and storied history, even though the Tampa Bay Rays are one of the two youngest franchises in Major League Baseball.

Clearwater Athletic Field

Clearwater Athletic Field was a stadium in Clearwater, Florida. It was first used by professional baseball teams for spring training in 1923 and was the Phillies' first spring training ballpark in Clearwater. The grandstand sat approximately 2,000 and bleachers increased capacity to close to 3,000. Home plate was located on Pennsylvania Avenue, which ran south to north along the third base line, near Seminole Street. Left field ran parallel to Palmetto Street, and right field ran parallel to Greenwood Ave. The grandstand was destroyed by fire in April 1956.The North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex now stands on the site of ballpark. On March 19, 2016, the site of the ballpark was recognized as a Florida Heritage Site and the location added to the state's heritage map.

Clearwater Threshers

The Clearwater Threshers are a minor league baseball team that currently plays in the Florida State League. Since 2009, the team competes in the North Division.

The team plays its home games at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Florida, which opened in 2004. Spectrum Field seats more than 7,000 fans. A single-game attendance record of 9,090 was set on July 3, 2008.The team is the High-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The team has always been affiliated with the Phillies since 1985, the franchise's first season. From 1985 to 2003, the Clearwater Threshers were called the Clearwater Phillies. While as the Clearwater Phillies, the team played at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium from 1985 to 2003. When the team moved to the new Spectrum Field, it changed its name from Phillies to Threshers.

Cory Bailey

Phillip Cory Bailey (born January 24, 1971) is a former professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball between 1993 and 2002. He batted and threw right-handed.

Dunedin Blue Jays

The Dunedin Blue Jays are a minor league baseball team based in Dunedin, Florida. They play in the Florida State League, and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball club. They play their home games at Dunedin Stadium, which opened in 1990 and seats 5,509 fans. For the 2019 season, the team will play at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium while Dunedin Stadium undergoes renovations.Two teams named the Blue Jays, both affiliates of Toronto, have played in Dunedin: the original incarnation, from 1978 to 1979, and the current team, established in 1987. Since their inception they have won five division championships, in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2017. In 2017 they were named co-champions of the FSL.

Frank Viola

Frank John Viola Jr. (born April 19, 1960) is an American former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Minnesota Twins (1982–1989), New York Mets (1989–1991), Boston Red Sox (1992–1994), Cincinnati Reds (1995), and Toronto Blue Jays (1996). A three-time All-Star, he was named World Series MVP with the Twins in 1987 and won the AL Cy Young Award in 1988. Long-time Tigers manager Sparky Anderson said of Viola, "...He's an artist; I love watching him work..." He is the pitching coach of the High Point Rockers.

He batted and threw left-handed, and he was nicknamed "Sweet Music" – a nickname he picked up after a Minnesota sports writer declared that when Viola pitched, there was "Sweet Music" in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The nickname was a play on the fact that his last name is also a name of a musical instrument, although pronounced differently. A fan began displaying a banner bearing the phrase in the outfield's upper deck whenever Viola pitched. Twins fans considered the banner to be a good luck charm. The banner is now the property of the Minnesota Historical Society. It was again displayed when Viola was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame. Frank was honored as a member of the Twins' "All Dome" team in 2009.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell may refer to:

Jack Russell (comics), a fictional Marvel Comics character

Jack Russell Terrier, a type of dog

Jack Russell (baseball)

Jack Erwin Russell (October 24, 1905 – November 3, 1990) was a Major League Baseball player from 1926 to 1940 for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. Russell was mainly a pitcher and his career marks were 85 wins, 141 losses, and a 4.46 ERA. After his baseball career ended, Russell settled in Clearwater, Florida and was instrumental in raising money to build a baseball stadium, Jack Russell Memorial Stadium, which became the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies beginning in 1955 and continuing through 2003, when the team moved to Bright House Networks Field, also in Clearwater.

List of Major League Baseball spring training ballparks

The following is a list of current and former Major League Baseball spring training ballparks.

List of baseball parks in Tampa Bay, Florida

This is a list of venues used for professional baseball in the region of Florida called Tampa Bay. It includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and neighboring cities. The information shown is a summary of the information contained in the references listed.

(name unknown)

Occupant: Tampa, Florida State League (1892 only)Plant Field (opened 1899) known as Pepin-Rood Stadium in final years (1971–2002)

Occupants – spring training:

Chicago Cubs – National League (1913-16)

Boston Red Sox – American League (1919)

Washington Senators – AL (1920s)

Detroit Tigers – AL (1930s)

Cincinnati Reds – NL (1930-54)

Chicago White Sox – AL (1954)

Occupants – minor league and university

Tampa Smokers – Florida State League (1919–1927)

Tampa Smokers – Southeastern League (1928–1930)

Tampa Smokers – West Coast League (1932)

Tampa Smokers – Florida International League (1946–1954)

University of Tampa (1933-36)

Location: Horse race track – on grounds east of North Boulevard and south of Cass Street.

Currently: University of Tampa athletic fields complex(name unknown) (opened fall 1908)

Occupant: St. Petersburg Saints (1908–1911)

Location: "Northeast side of Mirror Lake". Flooded by the expanding lake in 1911. Would have been about Third Avenue North and Sixth Street North.Symonette Field

Occupant: St. Petersburg Saints (1912–1914)

Location: "Tangerine Avenue just west of 40th Street."Coffee Pot Park a.k.a. Sunshine Park (opened 1914)

Occupants – spring training:

St. Louis Browns – AL (1914)

Philadelphia Phillies – NL (1915–1918)

Indianapolis Indians – American Association (1921)

Occupant – minor league:

St. Petersburg Saints – Independent (1914–1919), FSL (1920–1928)

Location: St. Petersburg – "The head of Coffee Pot Bayou" – approximately 22nd Avenue North and First Street North (the actual bayou is northeast of that site a few blocks)

Currently: Residential housing.Moore Field

Occupant – spring training:

Indianapolis Indians AA (1921) (sources contradict)

Occupant – minor league:

St. Petersburg Saints – Florida State League (1920) (sources contradict)

Location: St. Petersburg – "Fourth Street, Seventh Avenue South".Clearwater Athletic Field orig. Brooklyn Field

Occupants – spring training:

Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) – NL (1923–1932)

Cleveland Indians – AL (1942)

Philadelphia Phillies – NL (1947–1954)

Occupant – minor league (unconfirmed):

Clearwater Pelicans – FSL (1924 – partial season)

Location: Clearwater – Pennsylvania Avenue (west – third base?), Seminole Street (north – left field?), Palmetto Street (south – first base?), Greenwood Avenue (now North Martin Luther King Jr Avenue) (east – right field?) "Home plate was located on Pennsylvania Avenue, which ran south to north along the third base line, near Seminole Street. Left field ran parallel to Palmetto Street, and right field ran parallel to Greenwood Ave. The grandstand was destroyed by fire in April 1956."

Currently: North Greenwood Recreation and Aquatic Complex.St. Petersburg Athletic Park a.k.a. Waterfront Park (opened 1923)

Occupants – spring training:

Boston Braves NL (1921 or 1922–1937)

New York Yankees – AL (1925–1942,1946–1947)

St. Louis Cardinals – NL (1938–1942,1946–1947)

Occupant – minor league:

St. Petersburg Saints – Florida State League (1921–1928)

Location: Same as Al Lang Field (see below)Al Lang Stadium (opened 1947) a.k.a. Al Lang Field

Occupants – spring training

New York Yankees – AL (1947–1950, 1952–1961)

St. Louis Cardinals – NL (1947–1997)

New York Giants – NL (1951)

New York Mets – NL (1962–1987)

Baltimore Orioles – AL (1991–1995)

Tampa Bay Rays – AL (1998–2008)Canada national baseball team (2011–present)

Netherlands national baseball team (2011–present)

Nexen Heroes (spring training) Korea Baseball Organization (2011–present)Occupants – minor league and university

St. Petersburg Saints – Florida International League (1947–1954); Florida State League (1955–1965); St. Petersburg Cardinals – FSL (1965–1997)

St. Petersburg Pelicans – SPBA (1989–1990)

ACC Tournament (1997, 2002)

St. Petersburg Devil Rays – FSL (1998–2000)

C-USA Tournament (2000)Location: St. Petersburg – Second Avenue Southeast (north – home plate), Bay Shore Drive Southeast and then Tampa Bay (east – left field corner), Fourth Avenue South (south – center field), First Street Southeast (west – right field corner).

Currently: Used for soccer.Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (1955–2003) org. Jack Russell Field

Occupants – spring training:

Philadelphia Phillies – NL (1955–2003)

Occupants – minor league:

Clearwater Phillies – FSL (1985–2003)

Location: Clearwater – 800 Phillies Drive (west – third base); Palmetto Street (north – left field), North Jefferson Avenue (east – right field), Seminole Street (south – first base) – one block directly east of the site of Clearwater Athletic Field.Al Lopez Field (opened 1955)

Occupants – spring training

Chicago White Sox – AL (1955–1959)

Cincinnati Reds – NL (1960–1987)

Occupant – minor league

Tampa Tarpons – FSL (1957–1988)

Location: Tampa – Northeast quadrant of what is now the Raymond James Stadium complex.Tropicana Field (opened 1990) previously Florida Suncoast Dome and Thunderdome

Occupant:

Tampa Bay Rays – American League (1998–present)

Location: St. Petersburg – 1 Tropicana Drive – Stadium Drive and then Interstate 175 (south), 16th Street South and then Interstate 275 (west), Pinellas Trail and then First Avenue (north), parking lots and then 10th Street South (east). Edge of complex is about 10 block straight west of Al Lang Field.George M. Steinbrenner Field (opened 1996)

Occupant – spring training:

New York Yankees – AL (1996–present)

Occupants – minor league:

Tampa Tarpons – FSL (1996–present)

Gulf Coast Yankees – Gulf Coast League (1990–present)

Location: Tampa – 1 Steinbrenner Drive – Immediately northwest of Raymond James Stadium complex, across North Dale Mabry HighwayBright House Field

Occupant – spring training:

Philadelphia Phillies – NL (2004–present)

Occupant – minor league:

Clearwater Threshers – FSL (2004–present)

Location: Clearwater – 601 Old Coachman Road – Just east of where Sharky Road T's into Old Coachman Road

Spectrum Field

Spectrum Field (formerly Bright House Networks Field and Bright House Field) is a baseball stadium located in Clearwater, Florida, in the United States. The stadium was built in 2004 and has a maximum seating capacity of 8,500 people (7,000 fixed seats with additional grass berm seating for 1,500).

The ballpark is the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, and also the home of their Class A affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League. A sculpture titled The Ace—by artist Kevin Brady—stands at the ballpark's west entrance plaza.

Tampa Rockets

The Tampa Rockets were a baseball team that played in the Florida State Negro League in the 1940s. Notable players that played for the Rockets include Walter Lee Gibbons and Raydell "Bo" Maddix. Both of them went on to play for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League.

UConn Huskies baseball, 2010–19

UConn Huskies baseball represents the University of Connecticut in college baseball at the NCAA Division I level.

Whiz Kids (baseball)

The Whiz Kids is the nickname of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. The team was largely made up of rookies; The average age of a member of the Whiz Kids was 26.4 The team won the 1950 National League pennant but failed to win the World Series.

After owner R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr. built a team of bonus babies, the 1950 team won for the majority of the season, but slumped late, allowing the defending National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers to gain ground in the last two weeks. The final series of the season was against Brooklyn, and the final game pitted the Opening Day starting pitchers, right-handers Robin Roberts and Don Newcombe, against one another. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in extra innings in the final game of the season on a three-run home run by Dick Sisler in the top of the tenth inning. In the World Series which followed, the Whiz Kids were swept by the New York Yankees, who won their second of five consecutive World Series championships.The failure of the Whiz Kids to win another pennant after their lone successful season has been attributed to multiple theories, the most prominent of which is Carpenter's unwillingness to integrate his team after winning a pennant with an all-white team.

Franchise
Ballparks
Culture
Lore
Rivalries
Important figures
Retired numbers
Key personnel
World Series
championships
(2)
NL pennants (7)
Divisionchampionships (11)
Minor league
affiliates
Broadcasting
The Club
Ballparks
Ballparks in the Florida State League
North Division
South Division
Past

This page is based on a Wikipedia article written by authors (here).
Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license; additional terms may apply.
Images, videos and audio are available under their respective licenses.