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The first professional baseball team from Winter Haven, FL was the Winter Haven Sun Sox, who played in the Florida State League in 1966. They had started the year as the Deerfield Beach Sun Sox before moving to Winter Haven on June 27, the start of the second half. They finished last in the 10-team FSL in the second half, going 21-48. The Deerfield Beach/Winter Haven club was a composite 55-83 and was outscored 490-381. Hitting .208/~.294/.271 as a club, they averaged only 2.76 runs per game. 14,448 fans came to see the Sun Sox, 9th in the league. Don Bacon began the year as manager and Bruce Andrew took over the reigns on August 5. Andrew not only managed the team, but also was the regular second baseman and won the league batting title after putting up a .329/~.415/.440 line; he also stole 21 bases in 25 tries and tied for the league lead in times hit by pitch (11) as a one-man offense. No one else topped .258. Al Shaw (10-9, 1.50) tied for third in the FSL in ERA as the pitching ace. In 1967, they became the Winter Haven Mets.

Source: 1967 Baseball Guide


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1966 55-83 overall 8th Don Bacon / Bruce Andrew Deerfield Beach moved to Winter Haven June 27
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