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  • Workers rolling and packaging cigars in a factory in Ybor City, 1938
  • 7th Avenue near the intersection of 18th Street in Ybor City, 1927
  • Crowd watching a baseball game in West Tampa at McFarlane Park, 1922
  • Ybor City on fire, 1919
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Tampa History, News and Events

Mobster dad had a kinder, gentler side!

Posted in People on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Written by Paul Guzzo

Mobster dad had a kinder, gentler side!

Sandra Lansky was 13 when she first learned her father was notorious.

She thought he was a jukebox salesman until she stopped at a newsstand in Central Park in 1951 and saw him on a magazine cover. The story described Meyer Lansky as the accountant for the mob, a man who helped build casino empires in Las Vegas and Cuba–and ordered the murders of his enemies.

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Pre-order Your 2014 Spring Issue Today!

Posted in History on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Pre-order Your 2014 Spring Issue Today!

Pre-order your issue while they last!
Spring 2014 issues comes out in April 2014. $12.99 plus shipping & handling.

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Wrestler Ulitimate Warrior dead at 54 WWE says

Posted in Today on Wednesday, April 09, 2014.

Wrestler Ulitimate Warrior dead at 54 WWE says

The Ultimate Warrior, a former professional wrestler inducted days ago into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame, has died at age 54, the WWE announced late Tuesday.

"WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior," the Stamford, Connecticut-based company said on its website.

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Fight Night in Tampa!

Posted in History on Sunday, April 06, 2014. Written by Joe Harless

Fight Night in Tampa!

Travel down 7th Avenue in Ybor City far enough and eventually you'll come to a rough looking neighborhood by the train tracks. The warehouses in the area stand empty and a few convenience stores pop up every couple of miles. The grass needs cutting, the bushes need trimming and some of the low-slung buildings need to either be demolished or rehabbed.

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1970 West Tampa All-Stars

Posted in History on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Written by Mark Panuthos

Enshrined in the Al Lopez Baseball Museum

1970 West Tampa All-Stars

Forty-three years ago, John Cuesta accomplished a first in the storied history of Tampa Bay baseball. He and his West Tampa All Stars won the Senior Little League World Series, defeating Throgs Neck, a team from the Bronx, New York, in two straight games.

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A Scar Is Born: Mysterious Tales of a Gangland Legend

on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Written by Christian Cipollini

Lucky Luciano

A Scar Is Born: Mysterious Tales of a Gangland Legend

Lucky’s version of events on the night of October 16th 1929 varied over the years, depending on with whom he spoke to.  He told the original investigators that he had no idea who abducted and beat him, but it was three men.

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Jai-Alai in Tampa

  • Jai-Alai in Tampa

    Jai-Alai in Tampa

    Michael Murillo

    The ball flies past players’ heads at more than 150 M.P.H. before striking the front wall with a hard click–and speeding back toward them. In an instant it’s trapped in a basket attached to a man’s hand like a wicker hook. He whips his body forward, flicking the basket and propelling the ball back toward the wall–again at blurring speeds–while another player positions himself for a chance at it when it comes back. The noisy exchanges continue until points are scored, teams savor victory and crowds cheer in the stands. This is Jai-Alai!

Cuscaden Park: Ybor City's Field of Dreams!

  • Cuscaden Park: Ybor City’s Field of Dreams

    Cuscaden Park: Ybor City’s Field of Dreams

    Mark Panuthos

    If Ybor City’s backbone was its cigar factories, Cuscaden Park was its heart. The park still exists today, though a faint shadow of its former self. Its 500 seat capacity grandstand was demolished and its baseball fields gave way to soccer fields. To drive past the park today, some would never know that this field was once Ybor City’s Field of Dreams.  

Key West & the Building of the Over-Sea Railroad

  • Key West & the Building of the Over-Sea Railroad

    Key West & the Building of the Over-Sea Railroad

    Maureen J. Patrick

    Skepticism was enormous despite Henry Flagler's reputation as the man whose railway, steamship, and hotel ventures had brought much of Florida from backwoods to modernity in a few busy decades.

Professional Wrestling in Florida

  • Professional Wrestling in Florida: The Heavyweight Decades

    Professional Wrestling in Florida: The Heavyweight Decades

    Michael Murillo

    From the founding of the Florida territory in the late 1940s to the later decades, when the familiar voice of longtime announcer Gordon Solie would convey the ringside drama to television audiences every Saturday, professional wrestling enjoyed an enthusiastic- if inelegant- popularity in Florida. Thousands would crowd venues such as the Miami Convention Center, the Lakeland Civic Center, the Jacksonville Coliseum and dozens of others.

Historic Theater "Springs" To Life

  • Historic Theater ‘Springs’ to Life

    Historic Theater ‘Springs’ to Life

    Shawn Kyle

    Many famous artists have graced the stage at the Springs Theater. Jennifer Lopez rented the space for private rehearsals when she performed at Super Bowl  XXXV in Tampa. Robert Smith of rock band The Cure recorded vocal tracks there. Swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin, and the Florida Orchestra have all recorded compositions at the theater.

When Florida Left The Union

  • When Florida Left The Union

    When Florida Left The Union

    January 10, 2011 marked the 150th anniversary of Florida’s secession from the United States. Florida followed South Carolina and Mississippi and was the third state to leave the Union. The Civil War began three months later when Southern forces fired on Union-held Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The opening shots of the war were almost directed at Fort Pickens in Pensacola Harbor, but President Abraham Lincoln decided to resupply the South Carolina fort instead.

Mariel Boatlift & The Columbia Restaurant

  • Mariel Boatlift & The Columbia Restaurant

    Mariel Boatlift & The Columbia Restaurant

    Andrew Huse

    In April 1980, the flood of Cuban refugees continued for several weeks from the port of Mariel. Cubans fled in a desperate flotilla, and Fidel Castro let them go. Family members in the United States suddenly saw hope for relatives still living under the Communist yoke.