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From BR Bullpen
Tampa is a city located on Florida's west coast, on Tampa Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico. St. Petersburg, FL lies across Tampa Bay to the West. The name Tampa Bay is also used by various sports team which represent the metropolitan area formed by those two cities and other nearby ones such as Bradenton, FL and Clearwater, FL. The Tampa Bay Rays actually play in St. Petersburg. Tampa is home to the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida. Tampa is a traditional center of cigar production, hence the use of the name Smokers for many of its early teams.
 Teams that have played here
- Tampa Smokers, Florida State League (1919-1927)
- Tampa Krewes, Southeastern League (1928)
- Tampa Smokers, Southeastern League (1929-1930)
- Tampa Smokers, Florida International League (1946-1954)
- Tampa Tarpons, Florida State League (1957-1987)
- Tampa White Sox, Florida State League (1988)
- Tampa Yankees, Florida State League (1994-present)
- Tampa Bay Devil Rays, American League (1998-2007)
- Tampa Bay Rays, American League (2008-present)
 Further Reading
- Bob Andelman: Stadium for Rent: Tampa Bay's Quest for Major League Baseball, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 1993.