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Nick Name Tampa
Earliest Known Date 1878
Location Tampa, FL, United States

Quesada, Baseball in Tampa Bay, pp. 7, 16, says that baseball teams were organized by Tampa residents in the 1880s. And Tampa had a team in the first short-lived Florida State League in 1892. For more on this 1892 team, see the Leesburg entry.

"Tampa Bay History" vol. 23 (2009) p. 46 says that Thomas Crichton, son of a former mayor of Tampa, organized a ball team there in 1878. Unfortunately, no exact cite for this is given.

The "Sporting Life," Jan. 24, 1891: "Ocala, Fla., Jan. 17--Editor Sporting Life--The Tamp base ball champions of southern Florida in the past few years crossed bats with the Ocala "Greats" last Friday..." with Ocala winning 9 to 1. This implies Tampa baseball had been going on for years prior to 1891--to the mid 80s or so--and perhaps earlier.


"Tampa Bay History" vol. 23 (2009) p. 46

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Found by Bruce Allardice
Entered by Bruce Allardice
First in Location Tampa, FL
Entry Origin Sabrpedia


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