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Sam Zygner - Baseball Under the Palms

Sam Zygner - Baseball Under the Palms
The Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society welcomes Sam Zygner, author of several books on the history of baseball in Miami, to our Saturday, July 8th meeting at 2pm at the Pinecrest Branch Library.

Sam's books are titled, Baseball Under the Palms - History of Miami Minor League Baseball the Early Years: 1892-1960; and Baseball Under the Palms - History of Miami Minor League Baseball Volume 2: 1962-1991.

Sam's historic presentation consists of an overview of the scope of minor league history in Miami and Miami Beach, the years 1892 through 1991, with a focus on the major highlights, the important names associated with overall baseball history that made their mark in Miami, and historic events and figures that coincided with the game as it developed from townball to officially-sanctioned professional play.

Sam Zygner is the author of three books detailing the comprehensive history of Miami minor league baseball. He has served as the Chairperson for the South Florida Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) since 2006 and received his MBA from Saint Leo University.
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Topic: MPNOD - Baseball Under the Palms with Sam Zygner
Time: Jul 8, 2023 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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MPNOD monthly meetings take place at the Pinecrest Branch Library, adjacent to Pinecrest Gardens on the second Saturday of each month at 2pm.

The address is 5835 SW 111th St, Pinecrest, FL 33156. The phone is 305-668-4571. When you enter the library, keep to the right to find the community meeting room.
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Enjoy the time off this summer and set your calendars to meet again on the second Saturday in September after the Labor Day weekend -- September 9 -- at 2pm.
In Memoriam

James Donald Hartnett

September 7, 1931 - June 28, 2023
James Donald Hartnett
James "Jimmy" Hartnett died peacefully on June 28, 2023, in Miami, Florida. He was a past president of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade.

Born into the Great Depression, Jim grew up in Coral Gables, Florida -- the city he loved, lived and raised a family. Jim took great pride in Miami and its growth, and he was a proud son of former Mayor of Coral Gables, Fred Hartnett, a pioneer of The City Beautiful.

In 1959, Jim married Katherine "Kitty" Palmer, the daughter of former Mayor of Miami Perrine "Gootsie" Palmer. For the next 64 years, Jim and Kitty proudly raised their three children and lived the rest of their lives together in Coral Gables.
Jim coached his boys' baseball teams for years, and rarely missed a game, performance or ceremony that included any of his children and grandchildren.

Jim worked as an insurance agent for MassMutual for more than 50 years, serving his community and various individual and corporate clients, including various pension plans for the police, fire, and city workers of Coral Gables. Jim enjoyed Emeritus Status at his two favorite restaurants, Duffy's Tavern and Burger Bob's in Coral Gables.

Jim is predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Grace "Betty" Hartnett, and father, Fred B. Hartnett, as well as his brothers Fred Hartnett, Bill Hartnett, and Jack Hartnett. He is survived by his wife, Kitty, sons James "Jim" Hartnett, Jr. (Lisa), David Palmer Hartnett (Allison), and his daughter Sallie Hartnett Mobley (Mike), as well as his grandchildren Alexander Palmer Hartnett, Katelyn Alexis Hartnett, Kevin Tyler Mobley (Sheridan), and Caroline McNeal Mobley. He is also survived by his brother Robert Crahan Hartnett (Betty) and many other relatives that he loved.
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The Miami Pioneers is Dade County’s legacy historical organization, originally founded in 1936 by prominent pioneer settlers and business leaders who arrived in Miami before the year 1900. The Natives of Dade was incorporated in 1986 by a group of local history enthusiasts born in Dade County. The groups merged on July 8, 2002.
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Natives of Dade Historical Society
PO Box 144353
Coral Gables, FL 33114-4353
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