Day 46: May 24, 1991

Pompano Beach, FL

Park # 49

What I Remember

I remember a dog that brought a basket of balls out to the umpires. I remember getting my hair cut in a barber chair in the bleachers down the first base line. I remember a guy dressed in a tuxedo cleaning off home plate with a vacuum cleaner. In short, I remember just another night at a Miami Miracle game.

The Miracle were different than most of the teams we saw in 1991 in multiple ways. They were an independent team, not affiliated with any major league club. The season after our visit the Miracle would be displaced from Miami by the arrival of the expansion Florida Marlins. The team’s ownership group included Bill Murray and Jimmy Buffett and the President of the team, Mike Veeck, was the most creative promoter in the game.

South Florida did win the expansion sweepstakes of 1992 but the area also lost something when the Miracle took off for the other side of the state the next season.

The Games

Miami Miracle 3 St. Petersburg Cardinals 0

The Box: (Click the arrows to see more images)

The Trip

One of the geographical oddities of the Miami Miracle was that they played in Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale. Thus, the Fort Lauderdale Yankees actually played closer to Miami than the Miami Miracle did.

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