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The Florida State League was originally established as a Class "D" League in 1919 with teams in Bartow, Bradenton, Lakeland, Orlando, Sanford and Tampa. The League fluctuated between four (4) and eight (8) teams the next eight (8) years and suddenly folded in the middle of the 1928 season. The sagging economy, devastating hurricanes in 1926 and 1928 and a real estate land bust were too much for the franchises to overcome.

The League resumed play in 1936 and has continued uninterrupted except for four (4) years (1942-45) during World War II. It was a Class D League until 1963 when it was changed to Class A status.

Throughout the history of the League, thirty-one (31) Florida cities have hosted teams. Daytona Beach leads all cities (50) seasons followed by Lakeland and St. Petersburg with more than forty (40) seasons. Cities with thirty (30) or more seasons are Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Other cities with teams that have played a vital part in the success of the League are Cocoa, DeLand, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Leesburg, Palatka, Vero Beach and Winter Haven.

Players from the league who have gone on to the Hall of Fame include Stan Musial, Early Wynn, Al Lopez, Johnny Bench, Jim Palmer, Rod Carew, Ferguson Jenkins and Rollie Fingers.

Over twelve hundred (1200) players from the Florida State League have spent time in the American and National Leagues.

Umpires from the League currently in the major leagues number over thirty (30).

In 1994 the League celebrated its' Seventy-Fifth (75th) Anniversary and during the season recognized former players, managers and coaches who went to the major leagues.

The League currently has twelve (12) teams with (6) teams in the West Division and six (6) teams in the East Division. All teams play a one hundred forty (140) game schedule with seventy (70) games at home and seventy (70) games on the road. The season is split with the All-Star Game following the completion of the first half of the season.

The Florida State League, with its tropical climate and major league type facilities, is well established as one of the finest leagues in minor league baseball.

The Florida State League··· "Where the Major League Stars of Tomorrow Play today".

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