Only 10 days ’til pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater, Florida! Now the Spring Training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, that wasn’t always the case. Clearwater was the Spring Training home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1923-1932, and again from 1936-1940.
A lesser known fact is that after the Brooklyn Dodgers left Clearwater, they conducted Spring Training in Havana, Cuba, in 1941 and 1942. That was a special time whose story is told in magnificent photos by Jim Vitti in his book, Brooklyn Dodgers in Cuba. You can read a wonderful interview with Jim on the site, Blue Heaven.