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The Best thing about going to a baseball game is ...

  • Family Fun Time

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Seventh Inning Stretch

    Votes: 4 33.3%
  • Beer and Hot Dogs

    Votes: 9 75.0%
  • Kiss Cam

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ice Cream in Miniature Helmets

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Hot Dog Race

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Foul Balls

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • T Shirt Cannon Girls

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • Sweet Caroline

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Souvenirs

    Votes: 1 8.3%

  • Total voters
    12

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Bill Veeck



Bill Veeck - Wikipedia

Spring training - Wikipedia

According to the autobiography of former Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck, the avoidance of racism was one reason the Cactus League was established.[17] In 1947, Veeck was the owner of the minor league Milwaukee Brewers and the team trained in Ocala, Florida. Veeck inadvertently sat in the Black section of the segregated stands and engaged in conversation with a couple of fans. According to Veeck's book, the local law enforcement told Veeck he could not sit in that section, and then called the Ocala mayor when Veeck argued back. The mayor finally backed down when Veeck threatened to take his team elsewhere for spring training and promised to let the country know why.

Veeck sold the Brewers in 1945 and retired to his ranch in Tucson, Arizona, but soon purchased the Cleveland Indians in 1946. He decided to buck tradition and train the Indians in Tucson and convinced the New York Giants to give Phoenix a try. Thus the Cactus League was born.[18] Veeck then signed Larry Doby to the Indians. Doby was the second African-American to play MLB in the 20th century, and the first for the American League.[19]