St. Lucie Legends

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St. Lucie Legends
1989
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Team logo
Class-level
Previous Independent Winter League
Minor league affiliations
League Senior Professional Baseball Association
Division Southern Division
Team data
Previous parks
Thomas J. White Stadium

The St. Lucie Legends was one of the eight original baseball franchises that played in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989.[1] The club played its home games at the then recently inaugurated Thomas J. White Stadium, located in Port St. Lucie, Florida.[2]

The Legends featured players such as Vida Blue, a former American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, as well as National League MVP George Foster and perennial All-Stars Bobby Bonds and Graig Nettles, who signed on as player-manager.[3] Nevertheless, the Legends were an awful team that lost 20 of their first 23 games, which cost Nettles his manager’s post, being replaced by Bonds for the remainder of the season.[1]

The Legends finished the season with an overall record of 20–51 and did not make the playoffs. Juan Beníquez led the team with a .359 batting average, while Willie Aikens and Foster belted 11 home runs apiece.[1]

In addition, the Legends had severe financial struggles while averaging only 607 fans for 36 home games. The club folded shortly thereafter.[1]

Notable players[edit]

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Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 1989–1990 St. Lucie Legends. Fun While it Lasted website. Retrieved on February 27, 2016.
  2. ^ Tradition Field. In the Ballparks website. Retrieved on February 28, 2016.