The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on November 10, 1968 · Page 122
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 122

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 10, 1968
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B Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 Big Teams Find Sunny Pre-Season Home 1 M. Ski' :X I) ft J v 9 I "Y ' . .r ; 1 ""'-iJ 1 The Atlanta Braves Tackle the Washington Senators in the West Palm Beach Stadium Braves Slate Spring Exhibition Games managers of the last two American League pennant winners. Atlanta's Braves Manager Luman Harris Is considering buying a home here. Maybe the winning habit will work In the National League too. Kim Hammond: Quarterback For The Dolphins n Boca Raton Focus On Pro Football V AMERICAN ; AGENCY X I. V ByBOBBALFE Footballs may be flying through the autumn air, but at West Palm Beach's million dollar baseball stadium, they're getting ready for a busy spring, perhaps one of the most Interesting in this mecca of major league training camps. Atlanta's Braves will move into the stadium late In February, rebuilding for a pennant push after finishing fifth in the National League last summer. It will be the seventh year for the Braves, who were from Milwaukee when they started training here. Before that the Athletics of the American League, of both Philadelphia and Kansas City vintage, trained for 17 springs at Connie Mack Field here. The Braves will again bring all their farm clubs to train at the minor league complex adjacent to the stadium. At the peak of training, this will bring close to 200 players, plus managers, coaches and other personnel, to the site. Biggest spotlight, of course, Is on the parent Braves, who will begin exhibition games against other major league clubs the second week-end in March, continuing until they break camp early in April. The minor leaguers will remain two to three weeks longer. The year-round program which the Braves once had here has been curtailed. Military demands, and prospective players remaining in college, have reduced the fall training programs such as Instruction Leagues and pre-spring tryouts. The Atlanta club also has dropped the franchise of the West Palm Beach Braves in the Florida State League, although it Is likely this will be taken over by other major league interests to continue summer baseball as a training ground for future major leaguers. Montreal's new National League club started hunting In the local area for a spring training site, adding to the evidence that the Florida East Coast has gained favor in baseball circles, alongside the long-existing "Grapefruit League" camps along the State's west coast. The Braves are favorably located in that they are within INC a 70-mile radius of four other camps, the Los Angeles Dodgers In Vero Beach, Washington Senators at Pompano Beach, New York Yankees at Fort Lauderdale and Baltimore Orioles at Miami. Only a little more distant are the Houston Astros at Cocoa and the Minnesota Twins at Orlando. Other major league teams training on the state's west coast make exhibition game trips to play In this area, and several of them have found West Palm Beach so central that they stay here three to four days while commuting to games. The baseball flavor is so strong that many players and former players, Impressed by spring visits, later decided to make their permanent homes here. One of these Is Boston Red Sox Manager Dick Williams, who first played here with Athletics, now owns a home In Riviera Beach. No newcomer, but a resident of Lake Worth since grade school days, Mayo Smith was honored by his friends and neighbors as the manager of the world champion Detroit Tigers last month. That gives this area the "Bob" De Young Complete Courteous Service Come See Hi M Automobile Boat Fire and Casualty Homeowners Business Insurance Life Insurance Real Estate during your stay in the PALM BEACHES 844-4303 1901 Broadway Riviera Beach 1 WE ARE THE PALM BEACHES' LARGEST o .7 T i rtrp lilt i inrrnir ' and MEN'S HAT STORE! BOCA RATON Miami's fledgling football Dolphins found a pre-season home, and thus put Palm Beach County on the pro grid map. For the second time In their three-year existence, the Dolphins did their training for the American Football League season In Boca Raton, where the St. Andrew's School facilities offer exactly the type of training conditions pro teams want. They started In mid-July, appraised a fine group of draftees from the college ranks, and jumped Into a schedule of five pre-season tests before launching the official league season In mid-September. The early season games In the Orange Bowl In Miami were at night, but later games will be on Sunday afternoons, winding up on Dec. 15 against the New York Jets. But the Dolphins did more for Boca Raton than establish a camp. They turned pro football eyes to the area, with the result that the American League sent the Oakland Raiders to the city to train for the Super Bowl last January. The opposing Green Bay Packers of the National League trained in Fort Lauderdale. The pre-bowl attention centered on the area was tremendous, via news wires, radio and television cables. The teams were pleased with the camps, and when the Super Bowl was again awarded to Miami for next January, Commissioner Pete Rozelle indicated the pre-bowl arrangements would be repeated. At the moment no one can Identify the Super Bowl teams, but this area already has the welcome mat out. "EXPERT SHOE FITTING FOR OVER A DECADE" Stuart Titles Self 'Sailfish CapitaP Specializing in Ladies' Ready to Wear Sizes 16'2 lo 52 flower growing Industries have been around for a long time, pouring money Into the economy. And the fastest growing Industry is citrus, with more than 40,000 acres of lemon, orange and grapefruit groves. Some non-smokestack Industries Include Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., General RF Fittings and Hoosler Metal Fabricators Co. Industrial expansion and population growth, if not explosion, Is inevitable and elected officials and civic leaders are aware of the fact. SHOES, INC. 830 SOUTHERN BOULEVARD PHONE 655-21 12 IN SOUIHDALI SHOPPING CENTEX - WEST PALM BEACH, I1A. Socializing in Fitting 0 Infants and Children's Shixs POLL PARROT ...FOR BOYS AND GIRLS PERSONALITY ...FOR WOMEN RAND ...FOR MEN , hJ 4 1 8 CLK.MATIS ST. KJj 4IWMIIII b U I III I 1 i,,M;iii?:tnim:i By CHARLES CATES STUART A recent resident of Martin County was asked what he liked about the county. "The homey atmosphere," was his ready reply. And after a short pause added thoughtfully, "fishing and boating." To many of the residents of the county (a big percentage are retirees) the small communities remind them of their hometown they lived in as youngsters. The easy-going small town ways may be appealing to residents both recent and native and the "no smokestack" atmosphere is probably Just as welcomed as the homey atmosphere they found. Some residents fled the industrial cities of the east to find a new home here and enjoy the fishing and boating. The county's top attractions, fishing, beaches and boating, are invariably displayed on brochures to lure tourists, winter residents and the increasing number of permanent residents. Stuart Chamber of Commerce capitalizes on the city's title of "Sallflsh Capital of the World" by distributing a color brochure. And naturally the brochure cover has a pretty girl on a boat holding a sallflsh. A sallflsh tournament is held each year during the tourist season. To further promote the area's waterways St. Lucie River, Indian River and St. Lucie Canal to Lake Okeechobee the Stuart Chamber of Commerce staged the first annual Sallflsh Regatta on the Indian River. While the beaches and endless waterways for boaters and fishermen are prime attractions, the county Is not without Industry. The commercial fishing and J TERMS J jt7 $n7m M99M 5 IV BKDKOOM CHOl'P ff ""S W JPPf DICORATIHC AND JWA rTMl C010R COORDINATING flH 5 Pc. DIMNC CROI P v Compact Cruiser If.. Sm Ration coordtnonn in Onvntat ond Primitive Artt. Alto. 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