If you never knew that the “Miami Marlins” were born in 1956, then dust off your baseball cap and come reminisce at the West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., on Saturday, June 28, at 1 p.m.
Sam Zygner, author of The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins, will take a nostalgic look at the halcyon days of hardball glory. Re-live your childhood memories of Miami Stadium and share your own stories.
Come and meet the 1956 Miami Marlins batboy, Tim Anagnost, (a now-retired attorney).
There will be a book signing and Q&A period following the presentation.
About the book: On Apr. 4, 2012, the former Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball played their first official game under the new name —the Miami Marlins. However, unknown to many, the original Miami Marlins played here more than 50 years earlier. As part of the AAA International League, the 1956 Marlins helped set the stage for major league baseball’s entry into south Florida.
The Forgotten Marlins brings to life one of the most flamboyant teams to grace the baseball diamond, with a cast of unforgettable, battle-hardened veterans including Hall-of- Famer Satchel Paige. The book includes rarely told stories from surviving players and personnel, including the original batboy.
About the author: Sam Zygner grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He introduced his book in 2013 at the National SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Convention in Philadelphia. Zygner is the chair of the South Florida SABR Chapter. He has written articles for The Baseball Research Journal, The National Pastime, and Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture. He received his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Saint Leo University.