Sarasota Rookie League

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Sarasota Rookie League
ClassificationRookie (1964)
SportMinor League Baseball
First season1964
Replaced byFlorida Rookie League
PresidentBill Harbour
No. of teams4
CountryUnited States
Venue(s)Payne Park
Most titles1
SRL Braves (1964)
Cocoa Rookie League
Gulf Coast League

The Sarasota Rookie League was a minor baseball league that played in 1964 as a Rookie level league. All league games were played in Sarasota, Florida. The Sarasota Rookie League was succeeded in 1965 by the Florida Rookie League, which evolved into the Gulf Coast League in 1966. The 1964 Cocoa Rookie League operated simultaneously with the Sarasota Rookie League.


The four–team Sarasota Rookie League formed for the 1964 season. League teams played a 59–game schedule, beginning play on July 1, 1964 and ending on August 31, 1964.[1]

The Sarasota Rookie League and Cocoa Rookie League were formed simultaneously in 1964. The new concept was to provide leagues with a short–season schedule that provided attendance options for fans and to assist major league teams in developing beginning professional players while further utilizing spring training facilities.[2] Today, the Florida Complex League continues play under the concept initiated in 1964.[3]

The four Sarasota Rookie League teams were minor league affiliates of the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Braves, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.[4] All league games were played in Sarasota, Florida, with teams taking the nickname of their affiliate.[5]

Sarasota Rookie League games were hosted at Payne Park, which was called "Arthur Allyn Park" at the time and contained multiple ballfields. Arthur Allyn was the owner of the Chicago White Sox in 1964 when the league began play. Allyn was highly supportive of the rookie league concept.[6][7]

The Sarasota Rookie League began play on July 1, 1964, with two games scheduled at 11:15 AM and played simultaneously at Arthur Allyn Park.[7]

Player salaries in the league were between $400 and $500 per month.[6]

The SRL Braves, playing under manager Paul Snyder, won the championship with a 36–23 record.[8] The Braves finished 6.5 games ahead of the 2nd place SRL Cardinals in the final standings.[4]

Leora Montgomery of the SRL Braves was chosen as the league most valuable player.[5]

Following the 1964 season, the Sarasota Rookie League evolved into the six–team Florida Rookie League in 1965.[9][10]

1964 Sarasota Rookie League teams[edit]

Standings & statistics[edit]

1964 Sarasota Rookie League

Team standings W L PCT GB Managers
SRL Braves 36 23 .610 - Paul Snyder
SRL Cardinals 30 30 .500 6.5 Fred Koenig
SRL White Sox 29 31 .483 7.5 Frank Parenti
SRL Yankees 24 35 .407 12.0 Bill Shantz
Player statistics
Player Team Stat Tot Player Team Stat Tot
Milton Minton Braves BA .311 Alex Bonci Braves W 7
Leora Montgomery Braves Runs 34 Robert DuGuid Braves W 7
Milton Minton Braves Hits 61 Ken Murphy Braves W 7
Milton Minton Braves RBI 25 Tom Rowe White Sox SO 72
Michael Mantsch Braves HR 3 Alex Bonci Braves ERA 1.00



  1. ^ "1964 Sarasota Rookie League (SRL) Minor League Baseball on".
  2. ^ "Minor League Presidents | History | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball".
  3. ^ "The Official Site of the Florida Complex League".
  4. ^ a b "1964 Sarasota Rookie League".
  5. ^ a b c Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (2007). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Third ed.). Baseball America. ISBN 978-1932391176.
  6. ^ a b Bender, Bob (1964-07-07). "Rookie League Should Aid Sarasota Economy". St. Petersburg Times.
  7. ^ a b "Special Ceremonies Mark League Opening". St. Petersburg Times. 1964-06-27.
  8. ^ "1964 Braves Statistics".
  9. ^ "1965 Florida Rookie League (FRL) Minor League Baseball on".
  10. ^ "1965 Florida Rookie League".