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The National Pastime: Baseball in the Sunshine State: 2016 Issue

  • Listed: September 17, 2016 5:30 am



The National Pastime is SABR’s annual journal of baseball history and regional analysis. Each year for the past decade or so, the theme of the issue has traveled with the SABR National Convention from region to region.

In 2016 the convention took place in Miami, and the publication includes not only intriguing articles about baseball history in Miami, but also throughout Florida and Cuba, as well. Included in this year’s journal:

Land of New Beginnings by Francis Kinlaw

Spring Training in St. Petersburg: Its Beginnings and the Phillies’ Experience in 1915 by Robert D. Warrington

Black Baseball’s “Funmakers”: Taking the Miami Ethiopian Clowns Seriously by Brian Carroll

Blurring the Color Line: How Cuban Baseball Players Led to the Racial Integration of Major League Baseball by Stephen R. Keeney

NAPBL Gathering in Miami Gave Birth to the Caribbean Series by Lou Hernández

The Long Forgotten Florida International League by Steve Smith

The Short but Exciting Life of the Havana Sugar Kings by John R. Harris / John J. Burbridge Jr.

Satchel Paige: Twilight with the Marlins by Alan Cohen

Woody Smith: The Original Mr. Marlin by Sam Zygner

Spring Training, Safe at Home!, and Baseball-on-Screen in Florida by Rob Edelman

Field of Schemes: The Spring Training Tryout of NFL Star “Jerry LeVias” by Dan VanDeMortel

El Presidente The Life and Times of Dennis Martinez by Danny Gallagher

Miami Amigos Eric by Robinson

One Last Season in the Sun: The Saga of the Senior Professional Baseball Association by William Schneider

Take Me Out to the Courtroom: A Look at Baseball Cases in the Florida Courts by Louis H. Schiff

The Best Baseball Story Ever? Cecil “Stud” Cantrell, the Tampico Stogies, and Long Gone by David Krell

Walking It Off—Marlins Postseason Walk-Offs by Steven Glassman

Previous issues of The National Pastime have included:

2015: Chicago “North Side, South Side, All Around the Town”

2014: Houston “Baseball in the Space Age”

2013: Philadelphia “From Swampoodle to South Philly”

2012: Minneapolis: “Short But Wondrous Summers: Baseball in the North Star State”

2011: Anaheim: “Endless Seasons: Baseball in Southern California”



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