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The Fort Myers Sun Sox were one of the eight original franchises that began play in the Senior Professional Baseball Association in 1989. The Sun Sox finished their inaugural season in second place in the Southern Division with a 37-35 record. Their offense was led by the league's top hitter, Tim Ireland, who hit .374, and the circuit's stolen base leader, Kim Allen, who had 33 steals. Amos Otis added 11 homers. Unfortunately, the Sun Sox were eliminated by the Bradenton Explorers in the playoffs. The following season, ownership squabbles in Fort Myers caused the Sun Sox to fold and the league to cease operations less than halfway through its second season. Fort Myers was 11-14 and in 5th place when the league folded.


Home Ballpark: Terry Park

Manager: Pat Dobson both seasons 1989 & 1990

1989 Attendance 49,153 (36 Games) Average 1,365

Coaches: Joe Coleman, Tony Torchia

1989 Opening Day Roster:

PITCHERS: Doug Bird, Rich Gale, Wayne Garland, Don Hood, Dave LaRoche, Dennis Leonard, Steve Luebber, Steve McCatty, Eric Rasmussen, Rick Waits

CATCHERS: Marty Castillo, Tim Hosley, Ron Pruitt

INFIELDERS: Kim Allen, Dan Driessen, Tim Ireland, Ron Jackson, Pat Putnam

OUTFIELDERS: Dave Collins, Larry Harlow, Bob Jones, Rick Manning, Amos Otis, Tom Spencer

DISABLED LIST: Dick Drago, Jim Slaton, Champ Summers

Other Players: Alan Ashby

[edit] 1989-1990 Stats (Incomplete)

Hitting Stats
Player POS AVG HR RBI SB
Kim Allen 2B .330 2 28 33
Alan Ashby C .241 1 8 0
Marty Castillo C .291 3 21 0
Dan Driessen 1B .333 4 49 0
Larry Harlow OF .307 0 30 10
Tim Ireland 2B-SS .374 0 42 9
Ron Jackson 3B .344 2 36 2
Bobby Jones OF .183 1 10 0
Rick Manning OF .288 1 33 6
Amos Otis OF .332 11 52 4
Ron Pruitt C .306 2 14 0
Pat Putnam 3B .312 3 24 1
Tom Spencer OF .250 3 23 3


Pitching Stats
Pitcher W L ERA SV
Doug Bird 1 4 4.46 3
Dick Drago 0 2 10.54 0
Rich Gale 4 5  ?  ?
Wayne Garland 3 2 5.40 0
Dave LaRoche 1 2 3.68 7
Dennis Leonard 4 1 4.76 1
Steve McCatty 5 6 4.60 0
Eric Rasmussen 1 3 4.04 1
Rick Waits 5 4 3.81 0
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