Remembering Ocala's Gerig Field, a former spring-training and Florida State League ballpark built under the auspices of the WPA.
Back in the days when spring training was scattered throughout Florida, Ocala's Gerig Field was a popular place for minor-league teams to train: the old Milwaukee Brewers trained there, as did the Birmingham Barons and all of the Boston Red Sox squads through 1971, before the team moved all operations to Winter Haven.
Gerig Field opened in 1936, utilizing funding from the Works Progress Administration. You can read more about it in this long article from Ocala.com.
Along with the spring-training teams, other Florida State League teams, including the 1941 Ocala Yearlings, played there.
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