On Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Chicago, our Marlins will be donning the throwback jerseys of the Miami Sun Sox of the 1940s and 1950s! Yes, before the Miami Marlins, long ago, there were the Miami Sun Sox! The “Throwback Sunday” is a part of the “100 Years of Wrigley Field” season-long celebration in Chicago.
This’ll be the second straight year the Fish wear #MarlinsThrowback jerseys! Last year you may remember they wore the uniforms of the “Miami Marlins” of the 1950s when playing in Milwaukee.
So who exactly were the Miami Sun Sox? Let’s explore six facts…
6 – They played in 1946 and then again from 1949-1954.
5 – Jackie’s Teammates in Brooklyn - The Miami Sun Sox were a minor league affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers between 1949 and 1954. Kinda cool – that means many of Jackie Robinson’s teammates may have gotten their swings in right here in the MIA!
4 – They played at Miami Stadium (later renamed Bobby Maduro Stadium, which we’ve documented in the past).
3 – They Had Many Aliases! The Sun Sox began as the Miami Wahoos (1940-1941), then became the Miami Seminoles (1942) and were then shut down during World War II (1943-1945). Then in 1946, they became the Miami Sun Sox for a year before becoming the Miami Tourists (1947-1948).
2 – They were managed by Pepper Martin for three of the seasons. The Major League All-Star led Miami to plenty of wins. (He would have been a perfect fit with Jarrod “Salty” Saltalamacchia).
1 – They won a lot of games! Over the five seasons, their record was 368-234. That’s a .611 winning percentage! They were League Champs in 1950 and 1952!
BONUS - Here’s an #OnCloudConine sneak preview of what the uniforms will look like on June 8th. Want them? The game-used jerseys and caps will be available at the Marlins Park New Era Team Store (in the West Plaza) in the days following the game!
The game-used jerseys and caps will be available at the Marlins Park New Era Team Store (in the West Plaza) in the days following the game!
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* Here are some extra clippings and photos to help us get to know the Sun Sox…
Here’s a headline from 1949 in the Miami Daily News – “I never thought I’d see something like this in Miami.”
Here’s a headline from 1951…
Here’s another article – this one from 1952 prior to a game in Havana!
Here are some Miami Stadium programs…
It will be fun to watch the Marlins wear #MarlinsThrowback jerseys once again this year! Go Sun Sox!
Is this guy even human? Barely a month into the season and Giancarlo Stanton already has 2 of the 3 longest home runs in baseball in 2014! Dave Van Horne’s signature “Up, Up And Away” home run call never sounded so sweet! #UUAA
Click here to experience the 9 longest home runs hit by Giancarlo Stanton during his young career… presented by Marlins fan and MLB Fan Cave Dweller, Cesar @Pichardo1468.
You can do some pretty cool stuff at Marlins Park with your cell phone!
With two mobile apps available, you can order your food, access your tickets, upgrade your seats, follow the game and more! The two apps are “At the Ballpark” (while you’re at Marlins Park) and “At Bat“ (to follow the game action).
Below are 11 of the coolest things you can do with your phone (or tablet) at Marlins Park:
11 – Add your tickets to PassBook – Hey iPhone users, we’re on PassBook!
10 – Access the Internet! – It sounds simple, but these giant structures of steel and concrete aren’t terribly conducive to internet signals! But fear not – Marlins Park is equipped with complimentary WiFi and with a sophisticated DAS (Distributed Antenna System) to amplify your carrier’s signal in the ballpark! Tweet and Instagram away!
9 – Charge your phone! - We’ve got charging stations throughout the Promenade Level to make sure your Mobile activities never have to stop!
8 – What song is that? - Curious what that walk-up song was for your favorite Fish? Check out the Music section of the “At the Ballpark” app.
7 – Check In to Marlins Park - Use “At the Ballpark” to check in and it’ll log all your trips in the Journal function. You’ll even rack up a special ticket discount for every fifth game you check in to!
6 – Get yourself on the big board! - Your tweets or Instagram photos have a chance to make it up to the Marlins Vision big board! Use hashtags #marlins and/or #ilovemarlinspark to have a shot!
5 – Follow the game action - The “At Bat” app is a gem if you want to follow the game action pitch-by-pitch while seated at the game! You can also hook into Gameday Audio to hear Dave and Glenn or Felo and Yiki.
4 – Upgrade your seats during a game! - Want to sit closer to a buddy or impress the others in your group? Within the “At the Ballpark” app, you can browse available seats in other sections!
3 – Check out a map of the ballpark - Want to know where the nearest restroom, concession stand, piece of art or ATM is? Check out the “At the Ballpark” app’s interactive ballpark map!
2 – Order food live from your seats! - In our “At the Ballpark” app, you can pick from nearby concession stands, pick your food and pay all right from the app. Then you’ll get a text message when your food is ready. Then you visit the Express Line and boom… no line, no waiting and minimal game action missed!
1 – Use your tickets! You don’t have to worry about forgetting your tickets at home. The barcode is on your Mobile device! Got to love the “At the Ballpark” app. Season Ticket Holders can even manage their season ticket account!
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* BONUS - As a special sneak preview, here are two features coming soon during 2014!
1- iBeacon! - If you’re an iOS 7 user, turn on Bluetooth at the ballpark and be prepared to have some fun. Coming soon to our “At the Ballpark” app using Bluetooth LE. Stay tuned!
2 – Rewards Plus Season Ticket Loyalty Program - Coming soon to the “At the Ballpark” app, season ticket holders will be able to log in to manage their points and redeem some pretty special “Bucket List” Marlins moments. More at MarlinsRewardsPlus.com.
It’s pretty cool that one of our own is living the life in the MLB Fan Cave!
Here are 9 reasons it’s AWESOME to be a Marlins fan in the Fan Cave…
9 – Hanging with Musicians like Fat Joe…
… and New Politics…
8 – Rocking the Marlins #RallyFedora…
7 – Roaming The Big Apple while representing for Marlins fans!
6 – Hanging with Captain America on national television…
5 – Starring on the weekly MTV2 show “Off the Bat” Tuesdays at 11pm…
4 – Making it his job to watch every MLB game!
3 – Taking #CesarSelfies!
2 – Talking directly to Marlins fans on “On Cloud Conine”
1 – And of course, representing Marlins fans in front of the whole world!
I am very lucky—
Pichardo (@Pichardo1468) April 05, 2014
It’s Thursday and that means it is time for a little #ThrowbackThursday, most commonly known as #TBT.
The 2013 season was a preview of the future, as strong pitching from powerful, young arms took the mound each night for the Fish. These young pitchers gave the Marlins the best team ERA in club history!
Here are six of the best pitching performances from the 2013 season:
6. Turner Goes the Distance
June 29th — On a Saturday night at Marlins Park, Jacob Turner was lights-out, throwing nine innings of one run ball. In his sixth start since being called up, Turner was masterful, lowering his ERA to 1.76. A Giancarlo Stanton home run and RBI from five different Marlins provided plenty of offense as the Fish cruised to a 7-1 victory.
5. Eovaldi Heats Up
August 10th – Facing a Braves club that had won 14 in a row, Eovaldi was nearly unhittable. Allowing just a Freddie Freeman single in the first, the hard throwing righty tossed seven innings of one-hit ball as Eovaldi’s fastball hit as high as 99 mph in the 1-0 win.
4. At His Best Out West
June 21st — In the opener of a four game series in San Francisco, Marlins righty Tom Koehler set the tone early by taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Marcell Ozuna’s two-run single in the 8th put the Fish on top as Koehler earned his first Major League win. The Fish would go on to take three-of-four from the defending world champs, completing a strong visit to the Left Coast.
3. Kid K
August 2nd – After setting a Marlins rookie record with 13 strikeouts in a 3-2 win over the Pirates, Jose Fernandez was at it again. Armed with a lethal fastball and his electric slider, “Kid-K” reset his five day old rookie record, punching out 14 Indians across eight shutout innings. The Fish would go on to crush the Indians 10-0 as Fernandez became a front runner for N.L. Rookie of the Year.
September 11th – In his final start of 2013, Fernandez went out with a bang, stifling the Braves across seven innings while also belting his first career home run. Making his closing argument in the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young conversation, Fernandez lowered his season ERA to 2.16, leaving Fish fans wanting more from the young phenom.
1. The Walk-Off No-No
September 29th — Watching from the on-deck circle, Henderson Alvarez completed the fifth no-hitter in franchise history after a bases loaded wild pitch allowed Giancarlo Stanton to score the game winning run.
Aided by stellar defense and a couple #HechOfAPlays, Alvarez cruised through nine innings of no-hit ball. With the game scoreless after the top of the 9th the Marlins would rally to win the game, sweeping their series with the Tigers and ending 2013 on a high, high note.
So the Marlins started 5-2, but The Undertaker lost at WrestleMania. The Yin and Yang of life I suppose. Dimaggio, Ripken and The Undertaker… even the streaks of our greatest legends must come to an end at some point.
Last night at WrestleMania in New Orleans, a Marlins fan was spotted on the telecast bemoaning the end of one of the all-time historic streaks. #MarlinsFansAreEverywhere!
BONUS: Here’s a .gif of some heel wrestlers preventing Julio The Octopus from winning The Great Sea Race during last season’s “Legends of Wrestling” Night…
… and Goldberg with the ceremonial First Pitch… Err, First Spear…
… and finally, here’s a photo of shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria with The Rock. #uuufff
* Have you spotted the Marlins’ “M” somewhere around the world? Upload to Twitter or Instagram with hasthag #MarlinsFansAreEverywhere for a chance to be featured!
Let’s start here: April 30, 1994. Almost 20 years ago to the day… My brother and I attended the 1994 Marlins Photo Day…
First there was the classic Chuckie Carr pose in the Bermuda Triangle…
Then there was this shot where 1B Orestes Destrade offered to trade his Teal-on-Teal cap with my sweet radio cap…
And then there was this classic shot of my brother and I snapping a shot with the original skipper, Rene Lachemann…
That was 20 years ago. I was 10 and a half and my brother was a few months short of his 5th birthday.
We sought to recreate this photo.
We found out Rene Lachemann was the First Base Coach for the Colorado Rockies. So when the Rockies came to town during the first home series of the 2014 campaign, we knew we had to make it happen…
We present to you the first of Marlins photo recreations!
Special thanks to Rene Lachemann for being a good sport and to Denis Bancroft on the photo credit.
* Do you have old family Marlins photos of the Teal days? Recreate them and post them to Instagram or Twitter with #FlashbackFish and we may feature them in the future!
-by Alex Buznego
Yesterday we caught up with Rockies Manager Walt Weiss, who was the Inaugural Season Shortstop for your 1993 Marlins.
Lucky for us, today we caught up with another member of the Original Marlins – the Skipper, Rene Lachemann!
Here he reminisces about being the first leader of the 1993 Marlins…
And here’s a special photo of the Skipper with the ORIGINAL Skipper… Mike Redmond with Rene Lachemann…
* Photo Credit to Denis Bancroft
The original skipper of the Fish, rocking the teal.
Original 1993 Marlin Walt Weiss has stepped back on a Marlins field again, but this time at Marlins Park as the current Manager of the Colorado Rockies.
Watch Walt reminisce about being the original starting shortstop 21 years ago and about being part of the Marlins Inaugural Opening Day back in 1993:
Meet Cesar Pichardo. @Pichardo1468 to many.
This energetic 23-year old, first-generation Dominican from Miami is one of this year’s Dwellers, and first Marlins fan, to inhabit and represent Marlins Nation in the MLB FanCave in New York City!
When he’s not on national TV or hanging with musicians, he asked for the opportunity to talk straight to fellow #DiehardFish fans… Here’s the first vid straight from Cesar…
* Talk to @Pichardo1468 on social media, he wants to hear from YOU!
-by Alex Buznego