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End of an era: 1914-2008St. Pete's spring fling

End of an era: St. Pete's spring fling, 1978-79

NEW YORK METS

Faces: Manager Joe Torre, OF Steve Henderson (current Rays coach)

W-L: 66-96, 6th place

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Faces: 1B Keith Hernandez, C Ted Simmons

W-L: 69-93, 5th place

All the sunshine in St. Petersburg doesn't do any good as the Mets and Cardinals go on to have dismal seasons, finishing with the two worst records in the National League.

NEW YORK METS

Faces: OF Joel Youngblood, RHP Craig Swan

W-L: 63-99, 6th place

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Faces: OF Lou Brock, OF George Hendrick (current Rays coach)

W-L: 86-76, 3rd place

St. Petersburg native Dan O'Brien gets a chance to be a hometown hero as the pitcher comes to spring training with the Cardinals after making his big-league debut the previous September.

Our daily look back at the history of spring training in St. Petersburg.

End of an era: St. Pete's spring fling, 1978-79 03/12/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 9:58pm]
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