Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables, will host author Sam Zygner on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m., in presenting his book, The Forgotten Marlins: A Tribute to the 1956-1960 Original Miami Marlins.
Zygner, will be joined by the original Miami Marlins batboy, Tim Anagnost. Former Coral Gables Mayor Donald Slesnick will serve as the presenter.
On Apr. 4, 2012, the former Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball played their first official game under their new name — the Miami Marlins. However, unknown to many, the original Miami Marlins played in the city more than 50 years earlier. As part of the AAA International League, the 1956 Marlins helped set the stage for major league baseball’s entry into South Florida.
The Forgotten Marlins brings to life one of the most flamboyant teams to grace the baseball diamond, with a cast of unforgettable, battle-hardened veterans including Hall-of-Famer Satchel Paige. The book includes rarely told stories from surviving players and personnel, including the original batboy.
Sam Zygner grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He introduced his book in 2013 at the National SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Zygner is the chair of the South Florida SABR Chapter. He has written articles for The Baseball Research Journal, The National Pastime, Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture. He received his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Saint Leo University.