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“The place does attract a lot of oldsters,” said the Babe.
"You must think I'm a damn fool," Dreyfuss told Lang, "suggesting that I train in a little one-tank town that's not even a dot on the map." Bloodied but unbowed, Lang went after Miller Huggins' Cardinals in 1912 and the Cubs in 1913, but in both instances came up empty. Although the exact terms of the agreement were later disputed, Lang's syndicate of local boosters reportedly promised to pay all of the Brown's expenses, including the tab for five Missouri newspapermen covering the team.
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It was during these years that the famous Grapefruit League took shape.
When the 1915 Phillies won 14 of their first 15 games and went on to win the National League pennant, St.
Petersburg's and Florida's reputation as the nation's premier training ground was sealed.