Alumnus to Discuss Sports Book on November 14 at 4:30 p.m. at University Campus

November 07, 2014

Sam Zygner ’06, ’09, will present his first book, The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins, at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 14, in TECO Hall in the Donald R. Tapia School of Business at Saint Leo University. The public is invited to attend his free talk.

Zygner will share insight into the era of Bill Veeck and Satchel Paige as well as Saint Leo College Prep standout and Saint Leo University Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Francis “Red” Barrett ’32. He also will sign copies of his book.

The original Miami Marlins played in the city of Miami more than 50 years before the former Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball played their first official game under their new moniker, the Miami Marlins. As part of the AAA International League, the 1956 Marlins helped set the stage for major league baseball’s entry into South Florida. During the five years that they played minor league baseball in Miami Stadium, fans were treated to their first taste of pro baseball, with a team comprised of battled-hardened veterans and young up-and-comers.

The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins, brings to life one of the most colorful teams to ever play minor league baseball. During their five-year existence, the Marlins featured prominent personalities such as eccentric manager Johnny "Pepper" Martin, zany Mickey McDermott, maverick promoter Bill Veeck, and Hall-of-Famer pitcher Satchel Paige. While the team was an instant sensation, receiving national attention for their outlandish promotions, success didn’t necessarily follow. The Forgotten Marlins relives those days and follows the players through their triumphs and tribulations on and off the field. This book offers a unique and comprehensive account of a truly original baseball team.

Zygner has been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) since 1997, and has served as the chair of the South Florida chapter of SABR since 2007. Zygner has written for The Baseball Journal and was a sports columnist for La Prensa de Miami (2001-2005).

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