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ST. PETERSBURG CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF SPRING TRAINING

Tuesday, February 11, 2014  
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ST. PETERSBURG CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF SPRING TRAINING


See the Pros Play Team Canada - Eight Game Series Mar. 9 to 16 at Al Lang Stadium

 

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (February 10, 2014) - The media is invited to join Mayor Rick Kriseman and members of the sports and business communities for a "First Pitch" reception at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE, on Thursday, February 27th from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate the city's 100th year of hosting Spring Training in St. Petersburg. It was on this date in 1914 that The St. Louis Browns lost to the Chicago Cubs 3-2 at Coffee Pot Park signifying the first official spring training game in St. Petersburg. The museum's exhibition of "Schrader's Little Cooperstown", the world's largest collection of autographed baseballs seems an appropriate back-drop for this historic celebration and official start of the fourth season of Spring International Baseball at Al Lang Stadium, March 9 through the 16.

 

Team Canada takes the home field for the series at the historic Al Lang Stadium, 230 First St. S. in St. Petersburg. Top First Round MLB Prospect Gareth Morgan leads the talented Canadian Junior National Team's best young ball players as they challenge the pros including the Toronto Blue Jays

on March 11. 

 

The 100th Celebration Game, the first game in the series, will be played on Sunday, March 9 and is  sponsored by the East-West Shrine Game. Mayor Kriseman will be on hand to throw out the first pitch, and Babe Ruth's daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens is expected to make a special guest appearance. Game time is 2:05 p.m., with festivities on the field beginning at 1:30 p.m. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.

 

The complete schedule is below:

 

Sun. Mar. 9

100th Celebration Game

2:05 p.m. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Team Canada

Mon. Mar. 10

Babe Ruth Day

1:05 p.m.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Team Canada

 

Tue. Mar. 11

Canada Day!

1:05 p.m.

Toronto Blue Jays (SS) vs. Team Canada

 

Wed. Mar. 12           

Dollar Dogs Day

1:05 p.m.

Atlanta Braves vs. Team Canada

Thu. Mar. 13

2/1 Tickets (coupon)* and Beer /College Night

7:05 p.m.

St. Pete College vs. Team Canada

Fri. Mar. 14

Scouts Showcase Game

1:05 p.m.

Faith Baptist (FL) vs. Team Canada

 

Sat. Mar. 15

Optimist Club/Museum Day

1:05 p.m.

Detroit Tigers vs. Team Canada

Sun. Mar. 16

2/1 Tickets (coupon)* , Kids Run the Bases

I:05 p.m.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Team Canada

 

* Two for one coupons will be offered for select games through ads in the Tampa Bay Times, tbt*, and at First Friday Get Downtown on March 7th or during the St. Petersburg Museum of History's normal operating hours.

 

All seats are $10, general admission and are available for sale at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE (The Pier approach) beginning Tuesday, February 18. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m., closed Mondays. Tickets will also be available at the Al Lang Stadium Box Office, 230 First St. S approximately 90 minutes before each games start time.

 

The 100th Anniversary of Spring Training in St. Petersburg is sponsored by the St. Petersburg Sports Alliance, St. Petersburg Museum of History, Tampa Bay Times and the City of St. Petersburg. Individual game sponsors include the East West Shrine Game, The Optimist Club of St. Petersburg and tbt*.

 

For more information including sponsorship, call Joe Bourdow at 727-827-2072 or email joebourdow@gmail.com or visit www.stpeteInternationalBaseball.com

 

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