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Jackie Robinson, Minnie Minoso and Players Who Broke Baseball’s Color Barrier – By Team

 

PLAYER TEAM FRANCHISE TODAY DATE / BOX SCORE
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers  Los Angeles Dodgers Apr. 15, 1947
Larry Doby Cleveland Indians  Cleveland Indians Jul. 5, 1947
Hank Thompson St. Louis Browns  Baltimore Orioles Jul 17, 1947
Monte Irvin New York Giants  San Francisco Giants Jul. 8, 1949
Hank Thompson New York Giants  San Francisco Giants Jul. 8, 1949
Sam Jethroe Boston Braves  Atlanta Braves Apr. 18, 1950
Minnie Miñoso Chicago White Sox  Chicago White Sox May 1, 1951
Bob Trice Philadelphia Athletics  Oakland A’s Sep. 13, 1953
Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs  Chicago Cubs Sep. 17, 1953
Curt Roberts Pittsburgh Pirates  Pittsburgh Pirates Apr. 13, 1954
Tom Alston St. Louis Cardinals  St. Louis Cardinals Apr. 13, 1954
Nino Escalera Cincinnati Redlegs Cincinnati Reds Apr. 17, 1954
Chuck Harmon Cincinnati Redlegs Cincinnati Reds Apr. 17, 1954
Carlos Paula Washington Senators  Minnesota Twins Sep. 6, 1954
Elston Howard New York Yankees  New York Yankees Apr. 14, 1955
John Kennedy Philadelphia Phillies  Philadelphia Phillies Apr. 22, 1957
Ozzie Virgil, Sr. Detroit Tigers  Detroit Tigers Jun. 6, 1958
Pumpsie Green Boston Red Sox  Boston Red Sox Jul. 21, 1959

 

Major League Baseball Spring Training Leagues, Schedules and Stadiums

Avast Winter Of 2015! Baseball Is On The Way.

Avast Winter Of 2015! Baseball Is On The Way.

Brrr. Cold out there? It sure is here. We’re going down to three degrees in NYC tonight, but it’s a lot colder elsewhere in the East and other places up in the Northern Hemisphere all around the globe.

Let’s warm up with thoughts (and links) of baseball.

Pitchers and Catchers has arrived at last! Yesterday, the first five teams reported: the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds to Arizona’s Cactus League and the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates to Florida’s Grapefruit League.

All 30 MLB teams will report over the next few days to either of the two spring training Leagues – 15 teams apiece, divided (mostly) by East-West. See when it’s your team’s turn here.

There are a couple exceptions. The St. Louis Cardinals, over by the Gateway to the West, still play in the Grapefruit League, as do the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros. No Eastern teams play in the Cactus League.

A handful of teams share a stadium, so you have a shot at doubling your fun if you plan on catching some preseason baseball. I’ve color-coded those below.

Check out every team’s spring training league, city, stadium and 2015 schedule in today’s list, with links to all the stadiums and schedules.

P&C lasts through the first couple of days in March, and then we go into a month of exhibition baseball.

In a return to some kind of tradition, the first regular season game of 2015 is April 5th with the Cardinals facing the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field at 8:05PM EST. Every other team plays on April 6th. There is no stuttered start to the season and, in fact, not one overseas game this time around (for the whole year).

NATIONAL LEAGUE

SPRING TRAINING LEAGUE

CITY

STADIUM

EAST
Atlanta Braves Grapefruit Lake Buena Vista Champion Stadium (ESPN WWOSC) Schedule
Miami Marlins Grapefruit Jupiter Roger Dean Stadium Schedule
New York Mets Grapefruit Port St. Lucie Tradition Field Schedule
Philadelphia Phillies Grapefruit Clearwater Bright House Field Schedule
Washington Nationals Grapefruit Viera Space Coast Stadium Schedule
CENTRAL
Chicago Cubs Cactus Mesa Sloan Park Schedule
Cincinnati Reds Cactus Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark Schedule
Milwaukee Brewers Cactus Phoenix Maryvale Baseball Park Schedule
Pittsburgh Pirates Grapefruit Bradenton McKechnie Field Schedule
St. Louis Cardinals Grapefruit Jupiter Roger Dean Stadium Schedule
WEST
Arizona Diamondbacks Cactus Scottsdale Salt River Fields Schedule
Colorado Rockies Cactus Scottsdale Salt River Fields Schedule
Los Angeles Dodgers Cactus Glendale Camelback Ranch Schedule
San Diego Padres Cactus Peoria Peoria Sports Complex Schedule
San Francisco Giants Cactus Scottsdale Scottsdale Stadium Schedule

AMERICAN LEAGUE

SPRING TRAINING LEAGUE

CITY

STADIUM

EAST
Baltimore Orioles Grapefruit Sarasota Ed Smith Stadium Schedule
Boston Red Sox Grapefruit Fort Myers JetBlue Park Schedule
New York Yankees Grapefruit Tampa George M. Steinbrenner Field Schedule
Tampa Bay Rays Grapefruit Port Charlotte Charlotte Sports Park Schedule
Toronto Blue Jays Grapefruit Dunedin Florida Auto Exchange Stadium Schedule
CENTRAL
Detroit Tigers Grapefruit Lakeland Joker Marchant Stadium Schedule
Chicago White Sox Cactus Glendale Camelback Ranch Schedule
Cleveland Indians Cactus Goodyear Goodyear Ballpark Schedule
Kansas City Royals Cactus Surprise Surprise Stadium Schedule
Minnesota Twins Grapefruit Fort Myers Hammond Stadium Schedule
WEST
Houston Astros Grapefruit Kissimmee Osceola County Stadium Schedule
Los Angeles Angels Cactus Tempe Tempe Diablo Stadium Schedule
Oakland Athletics Cactus Phoenix Hohokam Stadium Schedule
Seattle Mariners Cactus Peoria Peoria Sports Complex Schedule
Texas Rangers Cactus Surprise Surprise Stadium Schedule

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The Top-Selling NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL Jerseys (2014-2015)

NBA (2014-15)

PLAYER TEAM POS. BIRTHPLACE
1. LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers SF-PF Akron, OH
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors PG Akron, OH
3. Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder SF Washington, D.C.
4. Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers SG Philadelphia, PA
5. Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls PG Chicago, IL
6. Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers PG Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
7. Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks SF-PF New York, NY
8. Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs PF-C St. Croix, US VIRGIN ISLANDS
9. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat SG Chicago, IL
10. Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers PF Oklahoma City, OK

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MLB (2014)

PLAYER TEAM POS. BIRTHPLACE
1. Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS Pequannock, NJ
2. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Dallas, TX
3. Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels CF Vineland, NJ
4. Buster Posey San Francisco Giants C Leesburg, GA
5. Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers RF Cienfuegos, CUBA
6. David Ortiz Boston Red Sox DH Santo Domingo, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
7. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates CF Fort Meade, FL
8. Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 1B-3B Maracay, VENEZUELA
9. Yoenis Cespedes Oakland A’s / Boston Red Sox LF Campechuela, CUBA
10. Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 2B Woodland, CA

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NFL (2014)

PLAYER TEAM POS. BIRTHPLACE
1. Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks QB Richmond, VA
2. Peyton Manning Denver Broncos QB New Orleans, LA
3. Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers QB Milwaukee, WI
4. Tom Brady New England Patriots QB San Mateo, CA
5. Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers QB Chico, CA
6. Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys WR Lufkin, TX
7. Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns QB Tyler, TX
8. Drew Brees New Orleans Saints QB Austin, TX
9. Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys TE Elizabethton, TN
10. J.J. Watt Houston Texans DE Pewaukee, WI

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NHL (2014-15)

PLAYER TEAM POS. BIRTHPLACE
1. Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks RW Buffalo, NY
2. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins C Cole Harbour, CANADA
3. Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks C Winnipeg, CANADA
4. Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers G Are, SWEDEN
5. Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW Moscow, RUSSIA
6. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins C Magnitogorsk, RUSSIA
7. Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers RW Hearst, CANADA
8. Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins C Ancienne-Lorette, CANADA
9. Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings C Sverdlovsk, RUSSIA
10. Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings C Jesenice, YUGOSLAVIA

 

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