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A Cuban Baseball Player in JAX

The player with the sunset is Juan Violat, a teammate of Dominick Mullaney on Jacksonville’s minor league club. Violat was later inducted into the Cuban Professional Baseball Hall of Fame. Old Mill Cigarettes issued this baseball card. It dates from between 1909 to 1911, and it appears to misspell the name of the honoree.

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME — During the early 1900s, the nickname of Jacksonville’s team changed several times. It went from the Jays (1904-1910), to the Tarpons (1911-1916), to the Roses (1917). The Jacksonville club was a charter member of the South Atlantic League, better known as the Sally League.

Over the years, the team nicknames in the Sally League have proven quite colorful. What do you think of these examples?

  • Albany Babies (Georgia)
  • Augusta Tourists or SAL Orphans (Georgia)
  • Cape Fear Crocs (Fayetteville, North Carolina)
  • Charleston Alley Cats (West Virginia)
  •  Charleston Riverdogs (South Carolina)
  •  Charleston Sea Gulls (South Carolina)
  • Charleston/Knoxville (Tennessee) Sea Gulls, Appalachians
  • Chattanooga Lookouts (Tennessee)
  • Columbia Skyscrapers, Gamecocks, Commies, or Comers (South Carolina)
  • Columbus Foxes, and also the “Confederate Yankees” (Georgia)
  • Hickory Crawdads (“the ‘Dads”) (North Carolina)
  • Macon Peaches, Tigers, Brigands, Highlanders (Georgia)
  • Montgomery Rebels (Alabama)
  • Piedmont Boll Weevils (Kannapolis, North Carolina)

written by Glenn Emery

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