Former Notable Players:
Keith Hernandez, Terry Kennedy, Ken
Oberkfell, Andy Van Slyke, and Dimitri Young.
The picturesque home of Spring Training for almost
90 years came to an end in 2008. The Boston Braves first held Spring
Training at the site in 1922, with New York Yankees and St. Louis
Cardinals later moving in. The first Al Lang Field was built in
1947. The upgraded and improved current concrete bowl opened in
1977 as Al Lang Stadium, in continuing tribute the St. Petersburg
booster and mayor, who first brought Major League teams to town.
With the naming rights sold to Florida Power, a local electric utility,
in 1998 when the Tampa Bay Devil Rays took up home at Florida Power
Park at Al Lang Field, with Progress Energy, Fortune 500 energy
company, taking over naming rights in 2003. In addition to being
a Grapefruit League venue, it has served as home for several Florida
State League teams until 2000. Only a mile away, the regular season
home, Tropicana Field, of the Tampa Bay Rays is visible from the
third base side stands.