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GUIDE TO: THE GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE
March 07, 1955
Baseball 1955 began this week in Florida and Arizona when all 16 major league teams started spring training. Here SI's Robert Creamer and Horace Sutton present a map of Grapefruit League country and a guide to the multitude of things to do there, plus a schedule of games for the first 10 days
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March 07, 1955

Guide To: The Grapefruit League

Baseball 1955 began this week in Florida and Arizona when all 16 major league teams started spring training. Here SI's Robert Creamer and Horace Sutton present a map of Grapefruit League country and a guide to the multitude of things to do there, plus a schedule of games for the first 10 days

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FLORIDA

ST. PETERSBURG
The end of Pinellas Peninsula is covered by the town, and the town by nearly 5,000 benches where the weary can rest. The place isn't noted for teenagers but there are shuffleboard, wonderful beaches, all kinds of boating, from row to yacht, and all kinds of fishing, from off a pier to off the deep end. The dogs chase the rabbit until the middle of March, and you won't have time for all the sightseeing trips.

YANKEES
Mar. 10, 11, Cards at St. Pete; 12, Red Sox at Sarasota; 13, Red Sox at St. Pete; 14, Braves at Bradenton; 15, Phils at St. Pete; 16, White Sox at St. Pete; 17, Cards at St. Pete; 18, Athletics at W. Palm Beach; 19N, 20N, Dodgers at Miami.

CARDINALS
Mar. 10,11, Yanks at St. Pete; 12, Pirates at St. Pete; 13, Reds at Tampa; 14, Tigers at St. Pete; 15, Tigers at Lakeland; 16, Braves at Bradenton; 17, Yanks at St. Pete; 18, White Sox at St. Pete; 19, Pirates at St. Pete; 20, Braves at St. Pete.

LAKELAND
A short hike from Tampa but in the Florida Alps, altitude 215 ft. You can hit the strawberry festival at nearby Plant City, fish the lakes, drive up north to watch the citrus packers at Dade City, drive south to see Frank Lloyd Wright's idea of a college ( Florida Southern).

TIGERS
Mar. 10, Phils at Clearwater; 11, Red Sox at Sarasota; 12, Braves at Bradenton; 13, Braves at Lakeland; 14, Cards at St. Pete; 15, Cards at Lakeland; 16, Athletics at Lakeland; 17, Phils at Lakeland; 18, Phils at Clearwater; 19, Red Sox at Lakeland; 20, Red Sox at Sarasota.

DAYTONA BEACH
Occupies the World's Most Famous Beach, and you can drive over 23 miles of (usually) hard-packed sand where the speed boys have been racing since 1902. Daytona's famed sea gulls will all but perch on your head; there's a boardwalk with the usual equipment, and tiny cars and bikes to rent for beach locomotion. Fifteen miles of motels to choose from, some good restaurants, especially Chez Bruchez and Delmonico's, and a neat-as-a-pin town across the Halifax River.

ORIOLES
Mar. 11, Reds at Daytona Beach; 13, Birmingham at Ocala; 14N, 15N, Dodgers at Miami; 16, Dodgers at Vero Beach; 17, Dodgers at Daytona Beach; 18, Senators at Daytona Beach; 20, Athletics at Daytona Beach.

ORLANDO
The sea is 40 miles away, but there are more than 30 lakes in town. Winter Garden, 14 miles west, is surrounded by a dozen fishing camps, black bass being the prey. Orlando is a biggish town with plenty of motels. A botanical garden is just northeast and Sanlando Springs, with pool, beach and sulphuric waters, is just north.

SENATORS
Mar. 10, Red Sox at Sarasota; 11, Pirates at Fort Myers; 12, 13, Athletics at West Palm Beach; 16, Reds at Jacksonville; 17, Reds at Orlando; 18, Orioles at Daytona Beach; 19, Athletics at Orlando; 20, Pirates at Orlando.

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