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Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training Locations

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Name all of the spring training locations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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The Los Angeles (1958-present)/Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957)/Brooklyn Robins (1914–1931)/Brooklyn Superbas (1913)/Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911–1912)/Brooklyn Superbas (1899–1910) have held spring training in the following locations:

  • 2009 – present: Glendale, AZ
  • 1949-2008: Vero Beach, FL
  • 1948: Ciudad Trujillo (Santo Domingo), Dominican Republic
  • 1947: Havana, Cuba
  • 1946: Daytona Beach, FL
  • 1943 – 1945: Bear Mountain, N.Y.
  • 1941 – 1942: Havana, Cuba
  • 1936 – 1940: Clearwater, FL
  • 1934 – 1935: Orlando, FL
  • 1933: Miami, FL
  • 1923 – 1932: Clearwater, FL
  • 1922: Jacksonville, FL
  • 1921: New Orleans, LA
  • 1919 – 1920: Jacksonville, FL
  • 1917 – 1918: Hot Springs, AR
  • 1915 – 1916: Daytona Beach, FL
  • 1913 – 1914: Augusta, GA
  • 1910 – 1912: Hot Springs, AR
  • 1907 – 1909: Jacksonville, FL
  • 1902 – 1906: Columbia, SC
  • 1901: Charlotte, NC

DiMaggio and Mantle Attend Spring Training Together

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What was the only year that Yankees greats Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle attended spring training together?

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In spring training of 1951 the Yankees swapped spring training locations with their cross-town rivals the New York Giants and held spring training in the Cactus League in Arizona. That year was Joe DiMaggio’s last spring training and Mickey Mantle’s first.

Nearest-to-Home Team Spring Training Site

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Which Major League baseball team has its Spring Training home located in closest proximity to its regular-season home stadium?

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The Arizona Diamond backs hold spring training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick which is only 18.8 miles from their home field – Chase Stadium. Fun fact about the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is that it was the stadium to be built on Indian land. Second closest are the Tampa Bay Rays who hold spring training at the Charlotte Sports Park only 79.4 miles from Tropicana Field where they play their regular season home games (according to Google Maps). This is only 3.2 miles better than the Florida Marlins who hold spring training in Roger Dean Stadium 82.6 miles away from their home field Marlins Park.

First Team to Train in Arizona

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Although the Cactus League was not formed until the mid-1940s when a few teams regularly began training in Arizona, which Major League Baseball team had a one-year stint in 1929 as the first team to train in Arizona?

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The Detroit Tigers trained in Phoenix in 1929. The Tigers were the only team to train in Arizona until the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants settled there for Spring Training and christened the Cactus League almost 20 years later.

Transformation During Spring Training

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What current MLB team reported to Spring Training in Tempe, AZ in 1970 as the Seattle Pilots and departed Tempe with a new name and new city, both of which it retains today?

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The Milwaukee Brewers were formed during Spring Training of 1970 when the Seattle Pilot franchise was purchased by Bud Selig on April 1, six days before Opening Day.

First Integrated Spring Training Game

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Where did the first integrated spring training baseball game take place and in what year?

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On March 17, 1946, Hall-of-Famer Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by playing in the first integrated spring training baseball game when the Montreal Royals, the farm team he played for, played a spring training game against their parent club, the Brooklyn Dodgers in Daytona Beach, FL. Since that time, the stadium where the game took place was named after Robinson and today a life-size statue of him has been placed at the stadium entrance.

Spring Training Home of the Tampa Bay Rays

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As of spring 2015, what is the spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays?

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The Tampa Bay Rays play their spring training games at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida. Port Charlotte is only an hour and forty minutes south of Tampa.

First Female to Play in an MLB Spring Training Game

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Who was the first female to appear as a player for a MLB team in a spring training game?

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On March 20, 1934, Mildred (Babe) Didrikson-Zaharias, the noted multi-sport female athlete, pitched the first inning for the Philadelphia Athletics in a spring training exhibition game against the Brooklyn Dodgers, giving up one walk but no hits. Two days later she pitched one inning for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Boston Red Sox. In addition to her baseball exploits, she was a 1932 Olympic Games track & field star, as well as an expert basketball player, golfer, hurdler, high jumper, swimmer, javelin thrower, football halfback, billiardist, weight lifter, fencer, boxer, wrestler, and dancer.

First Spring Training Home of the…

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What was the first Spring Training home of the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, the New York Yankees, and the St. Louis Cardinals?

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  • Boston Red Sox – The Boston Red Sox first Spring Training home was Charlottesville, VA in 1901.
  • Chicago Cubs – The Chicago Cubs first Spring Training home was Champaign, IL in 1901.
  • New York Yankees – The New York Yankees first Spring Training home was Baltimore, MD in 1901.
  • St. Louis Cardinals – The St. Louis Cardinals first Spring Training home was St. Louis, MO in 1901.

Five Strikeouts by a Pitcher in One Inning

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The MLB record for strikeouts by a pitcher in one inning is four. Several pitchers have done it. However, one pitcher once struck out five batters in an inning in a Spring Training game. Who did it and in what year?

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In a 1976 spring training game against the Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros knuckleballer Joe Niekro struck out the side. All five outs in the inning were strikeouts. A large factor in accomplishing the feat was the difficulty Astros catcher Cliff Johnson had catching the knuckleball. Johnson committed five passed balls during the inning including two on third strikes that allowed both batters to reach first safely.