Spring Training Connection

World Series Champions
The cities where they've trained from 1947-2013:

FLORIDA (54)
 St. Petersburg: 13
 Tampa: 7
 Fort Myers: 6
 Vero Beach: 6
 Bradenton: 3
 Fort Lauderdale: 3
 Jupiter: 3
 Miami: 3
 Clearwater: 2
 Dunedin: 2
 Lakeland: 2
 Orlando: 1
 Plant City: 1
 Viera: 1
 West Palm Beach: 1

ARIZONA (12)
 Mesa: 3
 Phoenix: 3
 Tucson: 3
 Scottsdale: 2
 Tempe: 1


Current City of Champions
Tampa's Steinbrenner Field
Among cities currently hosting spring training, Tampa has produced the most World Series winners (9) and participants (17).


A Change Did Them Good
Hammond Stadium (Twins) in Fort Myers
A dozen teams have won the World Series in the same season that they made their debut in a new spring training location:
 2003 Marlins
 1996 Yankees
 1991 Twins
 1962 Yankees
 1951 Yankees*
 1919 Reds*
 1914 Braves
 1911 A's*
 1910 A's*
 1908 Cubs*
 1907 Cubs
 1903 Americans (Red Sox)

Of those 12 teams, 5 of them never returned to train in the same location again, making them very successful one and done spring training sites for those with an asterisk after their names.


Dodgertown
Former Holman Stadium sign in Vero Beach
All six times the Dodgers finished the season as world champions they started it in Vero Beach, FL, where their famed Dodgertown complex was located and Holman Stadium opened in 1953.


World Series Champions
The cities where they trained from 1903-1946:

ARKANSAS (5)
 Hot Springs: 5

CALIFORNIA (2)
 Los Angeles: 1
 Paso Robles: 1

FLORIDA (17)
 St. Petersburg: 10
 Bradenton: 2
 Fort Myers: 2
 Tampa: 2
 Lakeland: 1

GEORGIA (5)
 Macon: 2
 Savannah: 2
 Atlanta: 1

ILLINOIS (1)
 Cairo: 1

INDIANA (1)
 Evansville: 1

LOUISIANA (4)
 New Orleans: 4

MISSISSIPPI (1)
 Vicksburg: 1

NEW JERSEY (1)
 Asbury Park: 1

TEXAS (6)
 San Antonio: 4
 Mineral Wells: 1
 Waxahachie: 1

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Scottsdale Stadium
Thanks to the Giants, Scottsdale, AZ has been where the World Series winner held spring training in two of the past four seasons.

While the benefits of training in Arizona or Florida can be debated, where the champions train is factual information. Overwhelmingly, the World Series winners have come from the Grapefruit League since 1947, when the Giants and Indians became the first teams to permanently train in Arizona.

Of course, it's not really a fair fight to compare the two spring training leagues, as they weren't on equal footing until 2010. Prior to then, Florida always had more teams training in it, and as recently as 1997 the Sunshine State was the winter home for 20 teams and the Cactus League but eight.

So it's no surprise in the list that follows that Florida has a large lead over Arizona (107-24) when it comes to the state where each year's World Series participants have trained. Look to the left for spring training sites and World Series winner data.

Where World Series Teams Held Spring Training From 1947-2013

2013 Boston Red Sox Fort Myers FL St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter FL
2012 San Francisco Giants Scottsdale AZ Detroit Tigers Lakeland FL
2011 St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter FL Texas Rangers Surprise AZ
2010 San Francisco Giants Scottsdale AZ Texas Rangers Surprise AZ
2009 New York Yankees Tampa FL Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater FL
2008 Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater FL Tampa Bay Rays St. Petersburg FL
2007 Boston Red Sox Fort Myers FL Colorado Rockies Tucson AZ
2006 St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter FL Detroit Tigers Lakeland FL
2005 Chicago White Sox Tucson AZ Houston Astros Kissimmee FL
2004 Boston Red Sox Fort Myers FL St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter FL
2003 Florida Marlins Jupiter FL New York Yankees Tampa FL
2002 Anaheim Angels Tempe AZ San Francisco Giants Scottsdale AZ
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks Tucson AZ New York Yankees Tampa FL
2000 New York Yankees Tampa FL New York Mets Port St. Lucie FL
1999 New York Yankees Tampa FL Atlanta Braves Lake Buena Vista FL
1998 New York Yankees Tampa FL San Diego Padres Peoria AZ
1997 Florida Marlins Viera FL Cleveland Indians Winter Haven FL
1996 New York Yankees Tampa FL Atlanta Braves West Palm Beach FL
1995 Atlanta Braves West Palm Beach FL Cleveland Indians Winter Haven FL
1994 none     none    
1993 Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin FL Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater FL
1992 Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin FL Atlanta Braves West Palm Beach FL
1991 Minnesota Twins Fort Myers FL Atlanta Braves West Palm Beach FL
1990 Cincinnati Reds Plant City FL Oakland A's Phoenix AZ
1989 Oakland A's Phoenix AZ San Francisco Giants Scottsdale AZ
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers Vero Beach FL Oakland A's Phoenix AZ
1987 Minnesota Twins Orlando FL St. Louis Cardinals St. Petersburg FL
1986 New York Mets St. Petersburg FL Boston Red Sox Winter Haven FL
1985 Kansas City Royals Fort Myers FL St. Louis Cardinals St. Petersburg FL
1984 Detroit Tigers Lakeland FL San Diego Padres Yuma AZ
1983 Baltimore Orioles Miami FL Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater FL
1982 St. Louis Cardinals St. Petersburg FL Milwaukee Brewers Sun City AZ
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers Vero Beach FL New York Yankees Fort Lauderdale FL
1980 Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater FL Kansas City Royals Fort Myers FL
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton FL Baltimore Orioles Miami FL
1978 New York Yankees Fort Lauderdale FL Los Angeles Dodgers Vero Beach FL
1977 New York Yankees Fort Lauderdale FL Los Angeles Dodgers Vero Beach FL
1976 Cincinnati Reds Tampa FL New York Yankees Fort Lauderdale FL
1975 Cincinnati Reds Tampa FL Boston Red Sox Winter Haven FL
1974 Oakland A's Mesa AZ Los Angeles Dodgers Vero Beach FL
1973 Oakland A's Mesa AZ New York Mets St. Petersburg FL
1972 Oakland A's Mesa AZ Cincinnati Reds Tampa FL
1971 Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton FL Baltimore Orioles Miami FL
1970 Baltimore Orioles Miami FL Cincinnati Reds Tampa FL
1969 New York Mets St. Petersburg FL Baltimore Orioles Miami FL
1968 Detroit Tigers Lakeland FL St. Louis Cardinals St. Petersburg FL
1967 St. Louis Cardinals St. Petersburg FL Boston Red Sox Winter Haven FL
1966 Baltimore Orioles Miami FL Los Angeles Dodgers Vero Beach FL
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Vero Beach FL Minnesota Twins Orlando FL
1964 St. Louis Cardinals St. Petersburg FL New York Yankees Fort Lauderdale FL
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers Vero Beach FL New York Yankees Fort Lauderdale FL
1962 New York Yankees Fort Lauderdale FL San Francisco Giants Phoenix AZ
1961 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Cincinnati Reds Tampa FL
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Fort Myers FL New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL
1959 Los Angeles Dodgers Vero Beach FL Chicago White Sox Tampa FL
1958 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Milwaukee Braves Bradenton FL
1957 Milwaukee Braves Bradenton FL New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL
1956 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Brooklyn Dodgers Vero Beach FL
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Vero Beach FL New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL
1954 New York Giants Phoenix AZ Cleveland Indians Tucson AZ
1953 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Brooklyn Dodgers Vero Beach FL
1952 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Brooklyn Dodgers Vero Beach FL
1951 New York Yankees Phoenix AZ New York Giants St. Petersburg FL
1950 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater FL
1949 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Brooklyn Dodgers Vero Beach FL
1948 Cleveland Indians Tucson AZ Boston Braves Bradenton FL
1947 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Brooklyn Dodgers Havana, Cuba  -

Prior to 1947, teams trained all over the place, although from 1943-1945 World War II travel restrictions kept teams training close to their regular season home base.

The WW2 years are the reason that cold climate cities in Illinois, Indiana and New Jersey can claim a place in baseball history, and those states are among the 10 total that sent a season's World Series winner on their way from 1903 to 1946.

Despite the nomadic nature of teams in the time period, Florida still easily led the way as the training grounds for World Series winners (17) and participants (33). Elsewhere, big southern port cities and central Texas towns easily accessible by rail were popular places to train, as were sites near hot mineral water springs, which were considered a therapeutic bonus. Hence the prevalence of such places in the list below.

Where World Series Teams Held Spring Training From 1903-1946

1946 St. Louis Cardinals St. Petersburg FL Boston Red Sox Sarasota FL
1945 Detroit Tigers Evansville IN Chicago Cubs French Lick IN
1944 St. Louis Cardinals Cairo IL St. Louis Browns Cape Girardeau MO
1943 New York Yankees Asbury Park NJ St. Louis Cardinals Cairo IL
1942 St. Louis Cardinals St. Petersburg FL New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL
1941 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Brooklyn Dodgers Havana, Cuba  -
1940 Cincinnati Reds Tampa FL Detroit Tigers Lakeland FL
1939 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Cincinnati Reds Tampa FL
1938 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Chicago Cubs Catalina Island CA
1937 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL New York Giants Havana, Cuba  -
1936 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL New York Giants Pensacola FL
1935 Detroit Tigers Lakeland FL Chicago Cubs Catalina Island CA
1934 St. Louis Cardinals Bradenton FL Detroit Tigers Lakeland FL
1933 New York Giants Los Angeles CA Washington Senators Biloxi MS
1932 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Chicago Cubs Catalina Island CA
1931 St. Louis Cardinals Bradenton FL Philadelphia A's Fort Myers FL
1930 Philadelphia A's Fort Myers FL St. Louis Cardinals Bradenton FL
1929 Philadelphia A's Fort Myers FL Chicago Cubs Catalina Island CA
1928 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL St. Louis Cardinals Avon Park FL
1927 New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL Pittsburgh Pirates Paso Robles CA
1926 St. Louis Cardinals San Antonio TX New York Yankees St. Petersburg FL
1925 Pittsburgh Pirates Paso Robles CA Washington Senators Tampa FL
1924 Washington Senators Tampa FL New York Giants Sarasota FL
1923 New York Yankees New Orleans LA New York Giants San Antonio TX
1922 New York Giants San Antonio TX New York Yankees New Orleans LA
1921 New York Giants San Antonio TX New York Yankees Shreveport LA
1920 Cleveland Indians New Orleans LA Brooklyn Robins Jacksonville FL
1919 Cincinnati Reds Waxahachie TX Chicago White Sox Mineral Wells TX
1918 Boston Red Sox Hot Springs AR Chicago Cubs Pasadena CA
1917 Chicago White Sox Mineral Wells TX New York Giants Marlin TX
1916 Boston Red Sox Hot Springs AR Brooklyn Robins Daytona Beach FL
1915 Boston Red Sox Hot Springs AR Philadelphia Phillies St. Petersburg FL
1914 Boston Braves Macon GA Philadelphia A's Jacksonville FL
1913 Philadelphia A's San Antonio TX New York Giants Marlin TX
1912 Boston Red Sox Hot Springs AR New York Giants Marlin TX
1911 Philadelphia A's Savannah GA New York Giants Marlin TX
1910 Philadelphia A's Atlanta GA Chicago Cubs Hot Springs AR
1909 Pittsburgh Pirates Hot Springs AR Detroit Tigers San Antonio TX
1908 Chicago Cubs Vicksburg MS Detroit Tigers Hot Springs AR
1907 Chicago Cubs New Orleans LA Detroit Tigers Augusta GA
1906 Chicago White Sox New Orleans LA Chicago Cubs Champaign IL
1905 New York Giants Savannah GA Philadelphia A's Shreveport LA
1904 none     none    
1903 Boston Americans Macon GA Pittsburgh Pirates Hot Springs AR

Henley Field in Lakeland
The Tigers went to the World Series in the first two years (1934-35) that they trained at Lakeland's Henley Field, which still stands less than two miles from their present-day spring training stadium.

Some Interesting Facts

  • The first all-Cactus League World Series match-up occurred in 1954, when the Giants defeated the Indians. That was also the first year the Cactus League was officially a league, and named as such. Since then, other World Series involving only Cactus League teams have taken place in 1989, 2002 and 2010. The Giants have been a participant in all four all-Cactus League World Series.
  • World Series played between two Grapefruit League teams are a common occurrence, with 45 such instances since 1947 and 55 all-time. The first time that two teams that trained in Florida met in a World Series was in 1924, when the Senators beat the Giants to become the first Grapefruit League team to win a World Series.
  • The 1913 World Series was the first to be played between two teams that held spring training in the same state, which was Texas. That year the Philadelphia A's (San Antonio) beat the New York Giants (Marlin) in the first of three World Series match-ups between Texas trained teams.
  • The 1942 World Series in the only one in history that featured two teams that held spring training in the same city, as the Cardinals and Yankees trained at separate sites in St. Petersburg and played their exhibition games at Waterfront Park.
  • The Yankees won the World Series in the only year in which they ever trained in Arizona (1951). Then Yankees co-owner Del Webb was a resident of Phoenix and arranged for his team to train there on a one-time basis by swapping camps with the New York Giants, whom thereby replaced the Yankees in their St. Petersburg camp. As it turned out, 1951 was Joe DiMaggio's final spring training and Mickey Mantle's first one with the Yankees (a good article about that can be read here) and the two teams that traded camps sites ended up playing each other in the World Series. Also, after 1951 the Giants never returned to train in Florida and remain to this day the longest tenured member of the Cactus League.
  • The road to the World Series has begun in St. Petersburg, FL more often than anywhere else -- 35 times, with 23 of those teams winning titles.
  • A Sarasota camp has never produced a World Series winner, despite Major League teams training in Sarasota for all but nine years since 1924. The only two teams that have trained in Sarasota and made it to the World Series were the 1924 Giants and 1946 Red Sox.
  • The A's actually held a two-day training camp at Phoenix Municipal Stadium during the 1989 World Series, which was interrupted by the Loma Prieta earthquake. The afternoon before the 10-day delayed series resumed, the A's played an exhibition game in Phoenix against their Fall instructional league team, winning it 7-0 before an estimated crowd of 7,000. Even though admission was free, fans that witnessed that game and the team workout the day before donated almost $20,000 to the Bay area earthquake relief fund.


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