List of Boston Red Sox spring training venues

The Boston Red Sox have been a member of the American League (AL) of Major League Baseball (MLB) since 1901, and have held spring training prior to each season.

The franchise's first spring training was held in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1901, when the team was known as the Boston Americans. Since 1993, the city of Fort Myers, Florida, has hosted Boston's spring training, first at City of Palms Park, and since 2012 at jetBlue Park at Fenway South.

Cityofpalsms
City of Palms Park, home to Red Sox spring training, 1993–2011

List of Boston Red Sox spring training venues

Boston Red Sox spring training venues
States where the Red Sox have held spring training
Boston Red Sox players in Hot Springs, Arkansas, for Spring Training
Red Sox players in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1912
Year(s) City Ballpark Ref.
1901 Charlottesville, Virginia   [1]
1902 Augusta, Georgia   [2]
1903–1906 Macon, Georgia   [3]
1907–1908 Little Rock, Arkansas West End Park [4][5]
1909–1910 Hot Springs, Arkansas Majestic Park [6][7]
1911 Redondo Beach, California   [8]
1912–1918 Hot Springs, Arkansas Majestic Park
1919 Tampa, Florida Plant Field [9]
1920–1923 Hot Springs, Arkansas Whittington Park
1924 San Antonio, Texas League Park [10]
1925–1927 New Orleans, Louisiana Heinemann Park [11][12][13]
1928–1929 Bradenton, Florida Ninth Street Park
1930–1931 Pensacola, Florida Legion Field [14]
1932 Savannah, Georgia Municipal Stadium [15]
1933–1942 Sarasota, Florida Payne Park
1943 Medford, Massachusetts Tufts University [16]
1944 Baltimore, Maryland Oriole Park [17][18]
1945 Pleasantville, New Jersey Ansley Park [19][20]
1946–1958 Sarasota, Florida Payne Park
1959–1965 Scottsdale, Arizona Scottsdale Stadium
1966–1992 Winter Haven, Florida Chain of Lakes Park
1993–2011 Fort Myers, Florida City of Palms Park
2012–present jetBlue Park at Fenway South

Notable events

In 1918, Babe Ruth hit a 573-foot home run during spring training in Hot Springs, Arkansas.[21][22][23]

Norman Rockwell's 1957 painting The Rookie is set in the team's spring training locker room, which at the time was located at Payne Park in Sarasota, Florida.[24]

In 1987, unhappy about his contract, pitcher Roger Clemens left spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, which prompted general manager Lou Gorman to quip, "The sun will rise, the sun will set, and I'll have lunch."[25]

In 1988, presidential candidate Michael Dukakis took batting practice in Winter Haven.[26]

References

  1. ^ "Collins' Men Take It Easy". The Boston Globe. April 11, 1901. p. 7. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Captain Collins Developing a Team of Heavy Hitters". The Boston Post. April 7, 1902. p. 8. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Americans at Macon". The Boston Globe. March 16, 1903. p. 5. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Practice Games Monday". The Arkansas Democrat. Little Rock, Arkansas. March 10, 1907. p. 6. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Pilgrims Come Tomorrow". Arkansas Gazette. Little Rock, Arkansas. March 2, 1908. p. 8. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Red Sox at Hot Springs". Arkansas Gazette. Little Rock, Arkansas. February 28, 1909. p. 9. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Red Sox Have Practice". The Philadelphia Inquirer. April 2, 1910. p. 10. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Red Sox Spring Trip in Detail". The Boston Globe. February 9, 1911. p. 7. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Red Sox Get Down to Work". The Tampa Daily Times. Tampa, Florida. March 24, 1919. p. 9. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Ehmke Arrives at the Sox Camp". The Boston Globe. February 27, 1924. p. 11. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Hot Competition For Wamby's Job". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 18, 1925. p. 24. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "First Workout for Sox Squad". The Boston Globe. February 22, 1926. p. 9. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  13. ^ "Carrigan Outlines Views to Players". The Boston Globe. March 22, 1927. p. 20. Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Red Sox Start Their Grind at Pensacola". The Boston Globe. February 26, 1930. p. 20. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "Red Sox Workout Under Warm Sun". The Boston Globe. March 2, 1932. p. 23. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "Red Sox Are In Top Shape". Asbury Park Press. Asbury Park, New Jersey. AP. April 1, 1943. p. 12. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  17. ^ "Ball Clubs Change Only Three Camps". The Palm Beach Post. AP. January 23, 1944. p. 19. Retrieved November 9, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  18. ^ "Red Sox Arrive Today For Oriole Park Drill". The Baltimore Sun. AP. March 26, 1944. p. 20. Retrieved November 9, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  19. ^ "Atlantic City Has Plenty of Baseball". The Boston Globe. March 18, 1945. p. 18. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  20. ^ Leconey, Bill (March 23, 2017). "War games: When the Yankees, Red Sox trained in AC, Pleasantville". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  21. ^ "Home Run That Changed Baseball". roadsideamerica.com. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  22. ^ Monagan, Matt (March 16, 2018). "100 years ago, Babe Ruth became Babe Ruth with a 500-foot homer into an Alligator Farm". MLB.com. Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  23. ^ Jenkinson, Bill (2011). "The Official Hot Springs Baseball Historic Trail". Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  24. ^ Anderson, Chris (May 21, 2014). "Who was the rookie in Norman Rockwell's painting?". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  25. ^ Finn, Chad (April 1, 2011). "Former Red Sox GM Lou Gorman dies". Boston.com.
  26. ^ Shaughnessy, Dan (February 22, 2009). "Around this time of year, great stories spring to mind". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via archive.boston.com.

Further reading

External links

JetBlue Park at Fenway South

JetBlue Park at Fenway South (or informally JetBlue Park) is a baseball park in Fort Myers, Florida, part of the Fenway South training and development facility.

Opened in March 2012, it is primarily the spring training home of the Boston Red Sox, replacing earlier separated facilities at City of Palms Park and Boston's former (1993–2011) minor league complex, also located in downtown Fort Myers. The naming rights were purchased by JetBlue, an airline with major operations at Boston's Logan International Airport since 2004.

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