NESN Vault: Red Sox Spring Training Moves Out West to Arizona in 1959


The Red Sox swapped grapefruits for cactuses in 1959, as the team headed out to Scottsdale, Ariz., for spring training.

The 1959 team seemed to enjoy everything about the "West's Most Western Town," from the training grounds to the locals.

When the Red Sox moved to Scottsdale, the city was not exactly well known on the map, and the Sox were just the fourth team to join the Cactus League.

The team spent just seven seasons in Arizona, as it was too far away from their loyal fans and their minor league camp. They made the move back to Florida in 1966.

Check out the 1959 edition of Red Sox spring training in the video above.

Aetna Strikeouts for A Cause

For every strikeout by a Red Sox pitcher at Fenway Park in June, Aetna will donate $250 to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Through June 25, the donation mark stands at $30,000.

Through their continued efforts in the local community, Aetna is helping to build a healthier world -- one city and one strikeout at a time.

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