Grand Slam Boomer Bash scheduled for Nov. 18

The United States Specialty Sports Association’s Space Coast Complex will be the site for this year's Grand Slam Boomer Bash on Nov. 18.

 

The ghost of spring training and minor league baseball still lingers at Space Coast Stadium, now a part of the United States Specialty Sports Association’s Space Coast Complex.

Softball is the primary sport now, but there’s still plenty of baseball played from time to time.

Senior Life will host the Grand Slam Boomer Bash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at the complex on 5800 Stadium Parkway in Viera.

For those willing to come early, a stadium stroll through the dugout and the warning track in the outfield will be offered at 8:30 a.m.

This is the same dugout where 1997 World Series stars Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla, Livan Hernandez, Moises Alou, Charles Johnson, Kevin Brown, Edgar Renteria, Jeff Conine, Alex Fernandez and Al Leiter sat during spring training for the Florida Marlins.

The Marlins defeated the Cleveland Indians in seven games to win that exciting World Series.

Not to be outdone, the Washington Nationals, who conducted spring training at Space Coast Stadium from 2005 to 2016 after the departure of the Marlins to Jupiter, won the World Series in 2019 in seven games against the Houston Astros. Players such as Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Max Scherzer toiled each spring in Viera before the Nationals moved their spring home to West Palm Beach.

The Grand Slam Boomer Bash will honor the memory of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). The league was highlighted in the movie “A League of Their Own,’’ which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Lori Petty and Megan Cavanagh.

The AAGPBL, based in the midwest, was created by Philip Wrigley, Branch Rickey and Paul Harper in 1943. The talent pool in Major League Baseball had declined since most of the players were serving in the various branches of the United States military during World War II.

The AAGPBL was created to provide alternate entertainment for a country struggling with the ramifications of war.

The Rockford Peaches won four championships (1945, 1948, 1949 and 1950). Other teams to win titles included the Racine Bells (1943 and 1946), Milwaukee/Grand Rapids Chicks (1944, 1947 and 1953), South Bend Blue Sox (1951 and 1952) and the Kalamazoo Lassies (1954).

The Grand Slam Boomer Bash will feature music, exhibitors, giveaways, a photo booth, a blood drive, a grand prize and other activities. Cracker Jack and peanuts, coffee and food will be served. Parking will be free and there will be no admission charge.

CarePlus Health Plans and Rhodes Law, P.A. are the main sponsors of the event.

Other sponsors include Viera Heart and Vascular Clinic, Humana MarketPoint, Cedar Creek, Total Long-Term Care, VITAS Healthcare, Verus Health Partners, Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice, Space Coast Endoscopy, Buena Vida Estates, St. Francis Reflections Lifestage Care, Expedia CruiseShipCenters, Space Coast Ophthalmology, Brevard Orthopaedic Specialists and Revive Viera.

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