Long before our 2011 countdown, Red Sox fans were looking forward to the team reporting for spring training. Back in 1956, the Red Sox called Sarasota, Fla., home for their preseason workouts.

Just over 150 miles north in DeLand, Fla., was the springtime home of one of the Red Sox minor league affiliates, the San Francisco Seals. The Seals had an established set of instructors, including well-known reliever, Johnny Murphy, who suited up for both the Red Sox and the Yankees in his career.

Take a trip back in time to check out the Red Sox preparing for the 1956 season in Sarasota and DeLand, Fla.

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