The Red Sox were once part of the Cactus League

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The Red Sox were once part of the Cactus League
The Red Sox were once part of the Cactus League

MESA, Arizona — Technically, tonight's Cubs vs. Red Sox game is not a “Cactus League game” because the Red Sox are not part of the Cactus League. However... they used to be. From 1956-65 the Red Sox trained at the original Scottsdale Stadium, before relocating their spring camp to Winter Haven, Florida, and in 1993 to Fort Myers, Florida. In fact, when the Red Sox left Arizona, after a one-year hiatus Scottsdale Stadium became the Cubs' spring home from 1967-79, after which they moved to Mesa. (The Cubs also trained in Mesa from 1952-65.) At the top of this post is a photo from a Cubs/Red Sox spring training game March 12, 1961. Outfielder Al Heist was the Cubs baserunner thrown out trying to

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