Florida was almost the original sandlot for baseball. It had the sand, lots of it, and its origins as THE game in Florida go back almost to the beginning of baseball, said Dr. Kevin McCarthy, professor emeritus at the University of Florida, on Tuesday at the Lunch ‘n’ Learn session at the Polk County History Center.
McCarthy, who has authored dozens of books about sports in Florida, told a full house how baseball came to Florida in the 19th century, primarily as entertainment for guests at Henry Flagler’s and Henry Plant’s hotels.
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