Miami Marlins (minors)

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Team History[edit]

The name Miami Marlins was first used by the Miami franchise in the International League from 1956 to 1960. It was then kept on by the team in the Florida State League which replaced it in 1962 after the Marlins had moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1961. That team played in the longest game up to that time on June 14, 1966, beating the St. Petersburg Cardinals in 29 innings in a game that went on past a curfew until the early hours of June 15th. That game still remains the longest in organized baseball history to be played without interruption, and only the longest game in baseball history, which lasted 33 innings in 1981, has ever gone longer.

The FSL Miami Marlins franchise was known as the Miami Orioles from 1971-1981. The franchise became the Miami Miracle in 1989 and then the Fort Myers Miracle in 1992.

The name was resurrected in 2012 when the Florida Marlins moved to a new downtown Miami, FL ballpark and agreed to revive the name at the urging of municipal authorities who had invested in the stadium. Information about the major league team can be found here.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1956 80-71 3rd Don Osborn Lost in 1st round
1957 75-78 4th Don Osborn Lost League Finals
1958 75-78 5th Kerby Farrell
1959 71-83 7th Pepper Martin
1960 65-88 7th Al Vincent
1962 67-57 4th Andy Seminick
1963 58-65 6th Andy Seminick
1964 64-75 7th Bobby Morgan
1965 67-75 7th Bobby Morgan
1966 75-63 4th Billy DeMars
1967 65-76 6th Cal Ripken Sr.
1968 87-55 1st Harry Malmberg Lost League Finals
1969 80-52 1st (t) Woody Smith League Champs
1970 88-45 1st Woody Smith League Champs
1982 53-84 10th Jose Arcia / Oscar Zamora / John Tamargo (42-65)
1983 44-89 10th Jim Breazeale
1984 64-74 9th Steve Smith
1985 58-83 10th Tom Burgess (20-25) / Jim Essian (38-58)
1986 74-66 6th Fred Hatfield (5-15) / Eric Rasmussen (1-1) / Max Oliveras (68-50)
1987 44-89 14th Dan Norman
1988 55-79 12th Jose Santiago

Further Reading[edit]

  • Sam Zygner: "Racing the Dawn: The 29-Inning Minor League Marathon", The Baseball Record Journal, SABR, Volume 41, Number 2 (Fall 2012), pp. 37-44.
  • Sam Zygner: The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins, Scarecrow Press, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8108-9138-8
  • Sam Zygner and Barbra Cabrera: Baseball Under the Palms: The History of Miami Minor League Baseball Volume Two: 1962 – 1991, Sunbury Press, Mecanicsburg, PA, 2022. ISBN 978-1-6200-6718-5

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