Palatka Azaleas
Minor league affiliations
Previous classesClass D
LeagueFlorida State League
Major league affiliations
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles 1 (1952)
Team data
Previous parks
Azalea Bowl

The Palatka Azaleas were a minor league baseball team, based in Palatka, Florida, that existed from 1936 to 1939 and from 1946 to 1953. The Azaleas were members of the Florida State League. In 1936, they were affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, in 1937 they were affiliated with the New York Yankees, and in 1949 they were affiliated with the Tampa Smokers. In 1956, a Palatka team began play again and evolved into the Palatka Redlegs.[citation needed][1]

The Ballpark

Palatka teams played at the Azalea Bowl in Forrester Field, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The address is 1600 Twigg Street. The park, with the original grandstand demolished, is still in use today as home to the Palatka High School Panthers. Babe Ruth conducted clinics at the field in the late 1930s."[2]

Notable alumni

Year-by-year record

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Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Notes
1936 60-60 3rd Jeff Emerson / Teen Gallegos Lost in 1st round
1937 71-69 5th Sam Agnew / Shaw Buck
1938 63-76 6th George Andrews / Herb Thomas
1939 36-99 8th Bill Leitz / Sam "Cowboy" Jones
1946 62-75 6th Myril Hoag
1947 64-75 6th John Toncoff
1948 48-89 8th Ray Ryan / John Toncoff / Charlie Bowles / Ben Geraghty (17-44)
1949 76-62 4th Julian Morgan / Bitsy Mott Lost League Finals
1950 41-98 8th Bitsy Mott / Robert Rucker
1951 80-59 3rd Bill Steinecke Lost League Finals
1952 78-59 3rd Bill Steinecke League Champs
1953 13-22 -- Charles Baird Palatka moved to Lakeland (34-67) May 15


  1. ^ The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, editors (Third ed.). Baseball America. 2007. ISBN 978-1932391176.((cite book)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ "Azalea Bowl, Palatka, Fla".