Batter Up: How & Why Sarasota Became a Baseball Town

Baseball fever has gripped the Sarasota area for years, beginning around 1923.  Baseball has helped to shape Sarasota’s identity as a spring-training tourist destination and has had a significant impact on growth, politics, real estate and culture of both the city and county.

1923 Baseball Magazine

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Come learn how and why we became linked with professional baseball when three baseball experts gather for a lively Conversation at The Crocker on Tuesday, March 11, starting at 7 p.m. at the Crocker Memorial Church.

The Conversation features journalist and baseball fan Charlie Huisking; Sarasota Herald-Tribune sports writer Doug Fernandes; and author and baseball historian Ray Sinibaldi. This event is free to Historical Society members and $10 for guests.

Everyone is encouraged to wear a baseball-theme shirt or team logo cap. Bring your own memories of baseball in Sarasota and share photos. There will be baseball snacks for all and after the panel discussion, Ray Sinibaldi will be signing copies of his book,  Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota.

Batter Up is part of a series of community dialogues called Conversations at The Crocker. Organized by the Historical Society of Sarasota County and sponsored by SARASOTA Magazine, these events highlight specific aspects of Sarasota’s past and examine pivotal events and people.
Conversations take place at The Crocker Memorial Church and proceeds help to maintain the Bidwell-Wood House (1882, Sarasota’s oldest private residence) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901). Chairs of Conversations at The Crocker are Lynn Harding and Marsha Fottler. Docent-led tours of the two buildings are available and the gift shop is open before each Conversation event. For additional information, contact Linda Garcia, Site Manager, M-F 10am til 2pm at 364-9076.

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