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Q&A: Tampa Bay Rays wear variety of throwback uniforms

Variety of throwback uniforms

Why did the Rays wear Tampa Bay Smokers uniforms for their vintage outfits in the recent game? They did the same thing last year. St. Petersburg is known for its St. Pete Saints minor league team whose players were much more successful than the Smokers. We need more (visibility) for St. Pete. This would have been a great opportunity.

Since they began playing in 1998, the Rays have honored past Tampa Bay area baseball teams by wearing replica uniforms on Major League Baseball "turn back the clock" days. After they're used, the uniforms are auctioned off on, with the proceeds directed to charities.

"We have, and always will, market our team to the entire Tampa Bay region," said Rick Vaughn, vice president of communications for the Rays.

The Rays previously had worn St. Petersburg Saints uniforms on June 23, 2007 (the 1950 version of the uniform), and May 29, 2000 (the 1965 version). Those teams were in the Florida State League.

They have also worn:

• Tampa Tarpons uniforms on July 17, 1999 (the 1960 version), June 24, 2006 (the 1975 version), and Aug. 13, 2010 (the 1970 version). The Tarpons also played in the Florida State League.

• University of Tampa on May 29, 2000 (the 1960 version). The Spartans are a NCAA Division II team.

• St. Pete Pelicans on June 21, 2008 (the 1989 version). The Pelicans were in the Senior Baseball League, which began in 1989 and folded in 1990.

• The Tampa Bay Devil Rays on July 11, 2009 (the uniforms from their first year in baseball, 1998).

On July 2 they wore the 1951 Tampa Smokers uniforms against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Smokers led the Class B Florida State League with a 90-50 record.

The most famous player on that team was probably Jim Bagby, a pitcher who had a decent 10-year career from 1937-1947. Bagby pitched in 303 games and won 97, mostly for the Cleveland Indians. He played three more years in the minors after his major league career ended, and 1951 was his final season.

Nine states have no income tax

In part, using the reasoning that Florida was one of the few states that didn't require public workers to contribute to the state retirement system, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature made public workers pay 3 percent of their salary into the program to help with the budget shortfall. How many states also don't make all citizens pay a state income tax?

Florida is one of nine states that does not have a state income tax levied on its residents, according to the IRS.

Others are Alaska, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming.

Q&A: Tampa Bay Rays wear variety of throwback uniforms 07/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 8:57pm]
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