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I am not talking about the Florida vs. Miami Marlins debate. I think it should stay Florida.


This man kept the minor league team here alive and made it prosper.


The Marlins nickname made its first appearance in 1956 when the Triple-A franchise from Syracuse, New York moved south and into Miami Stadium. The legendary promoter Bill Veeck was brought in to run the team and one of his first acts was to sign 50(ish) hurler Satchel Paige. Paige's Marlins debut was one to remember, as Veeck arranged for a helicopter to deliver him to the mound on Opening Night.



It was an AAA affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Baltimore Orioles. The A affiliate that moved when the MLB Marlins were expanded was an affiliate of the O's, A's, and Twins among other teams. That team moved to Fort Myers and became the Miracle after the Marlins expanded.

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