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Library event features former MLB pitcher turned city commissioner

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— Before any pastel palaces were ever built for South Florida’s resident Major League Baseball organization, another identically named professional ballclub ruled the roost.

For five years, from 1956-60, the very first Miami Marlins team played as a Triple-A franchise in the International League. Other incarnations of a club using the same name — including the MLB’s current Miami Marlins — followed, but that first version will be the subject of a free event to take place 2–4 p.m. this Saturday at the Tarpon Springs Public Library.

Sam Zygner, author of “The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins,” will take guests back to South Florida’s baseball beginnings.

Archer eventually reached the big leagues and played for two seasons with the Kansas City Athletics. He sat as a city commissioner in the early 2000s, after relocating to Tarpon Springs.

Zygner is a baseball historian who heads the South Florida Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Chapter.

Saturday’s presentation will be held in the Friends of the Library Room, near the front of thebuilding.

For more information regarding this free event, call the Tarpon Springs Public Library at (727) 943-4922.

ehorchy@suncoastnews.com

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