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Florida International League (1946-1954)

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The Florida International League was a Class C (1946-1948) and later Class B (1949-1954) minor league active in Florida and Havana, Cuba for nine seasons immediately following World War II.

The Havana Cubans, a farm club of the Washington Senators of Major League Baseball, were the class of the league, both on the field and off.  The Cubans drew over 200,000 fans per season from 1947 to 1949.  Once the Cubans defected to the International League in 1954, the rest of the FIL quickly expired.  The league folded in mid-season on July 27, 1954.

Franchise List:

  • Fort Lauderdale Braves (1947-1952) – Relocated to Key West in mid-season 1952
  • Fort Lauderdale Lions (1953)
  • Greater Miami Flamingos (1954)
  • Havana Cubans (1946-1953)
  • Key West Conchs (1952) -Relocated from Fort Lauderdale in mid-season
  • Lakeland Pilots (1946-1952)
  • Miami Sun Sox (1946, 1949-1954)
  • Miami Tourists (1947-1948)
  • Miami Beach Flamingos (1946-1952, 1954)
  • St. Petersburg Saints (1947-1954)
  • Tallahassee Rebels (1954)
  • Tampa Smokers (1946-1954)
  • West Palm Beach Indians (1946-1954)

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November 30th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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