On March 18th, my latest work will be released and as always when I get involved with baseball research I come away a bit wiser, a lot more entertained and I hope that is captured by the readers in this pictorial trip through Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota Florida.
I was amazed to learn how the various forces came to bring spring training to my adoptive state. Of course it did not hurt that my Red Sox actually trained in both cities, Bradenton in 1928 and 29 and Sarasota from 1933 through 1958. This added a special measure of interest
Joe Cicero was a 17-year-old Red Sox phenom when he was in Bradenton Florida in 1929. He made it to the bigs in September of that year and would not return to the show until 1945 with the Phillies; becoming the answer to a trivia question.
Ted, above in 1957, at Payne Park in Sarasota. He trained there for all but the war years and 1959 and 1960. It is said that when the Red Sox moved to their spring headquarters tp Scottsdale Arizona in 1959 he considered retirement because he would no longer be able to salt water fish during spring training.
Payne Park Sarasota circa 1950.
I will be hitting the bricks again soon with a stop at the Venice Florida Public Library on March 15th from 2-4 PM and then to WSRQ 1220 AM and 106.9 FM in Sarasota for a radio stint with The Nilon Report from 5-6 PM that same day!
It is also streamlined at this link.
April 6th I will take my wares to the Venice Book Fair in downtown Venice. It will be right next to the Gazebo and the Farmer’s Market so you localites stop by. I will be there from 10-3 and will have all three books available. Even a few of the out of print Babe in Red Stockings.
On the 13th of April I will be at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Sarasota from 3-6 PM. I will be signing both the Spring Training and Fenway Park books.
And then it’s off to Boston, just in time for Spring. I will return to the Jordan Rich Show in the wee hours of Saturday morning May 4th and talk the Spring Training book and baseball with Jordan from 1-3 AM.
The incomparable Jordan Rich.
The next day, or the same day really, I will be at the Derby Shoppes in Hingham Massachusetts to sign copies of the Spring Training book at Barnes and Noble from 3-5 PM.
So visit me here
and make plans to drop by somewhere and say hi. And if you can’t do that give a listen.
Whatever you do, make sure you pick up a copy of Spring Training in Bradenton and Florida and take a walk through the evolution of the game in Bradenton’s McKechnie Field (the oldest still operating spring training facilty in the country). Sarasota’s Payne Park and Ed Smith Stadium. You’ll learn something…..