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St. Lucie Legends

The St. Lucie Legends was one of the eight original baseball franchises that played in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989.[1] The club played its home games at the then recently inaugurated Thomas J. White Stadium, located in Port St. Lucie, Florida.[2]

St. Lucie Legends
1989
Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Team logo
Class-level
PreviousIndependent Winter League
Minor league affiliations
LeagueSenior Professional Baseball Association
DivisionSouthern Division
Team data
Previous parks
Thomas J. White Stadium

The Legends featured players such as Vida Blue, a former American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, as well as National League MVP George Foster and perennial All-Stars Bobby Bonds and Graig Nettles, who signed on as player-manager.[3] Nevertheless, the Legends were an awful team that lost 20 of their first 23 games, which cost Nettles his manager’s post, being replaced by Bonds for the remainder of the season.[1]

The Legends finished the season with an overall record of 20–51 and did not make the playoffs. Juan Beníquez led the team with a .359 batting average, while Willie Aikens and Foster belted 11 home runs apiece.[1]

In addition, the Legends had severe financial struggles while averaging only 607 fans for 36 home games. The club folded shortly thereafter.[1]

Notable playersEdit

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d 1989–1990 St. Lucie Legends. Fun While it Lasted website. Retrieved on February 27, 2016.
  2. ^ Tradition Field. In the Ballparks website. Retrieved on February 28, 2016.