Ten Forgotten Miami Professional Sports Teams
Here are ten forgotten and folded but thoroughly interesting Miami professional sports teams.
Long before the Dolphins set up shop, Miami's (and Florida's) first professional football team, the Miami Seahawks, played a single season in 1946. As members of the short-lived All-America Football Conference, the Seahawks played in Burdine Stadium (or as you probably know it, the Orange Bowl) and sported orange and green uniforms similar to those of their co-tenants, the Miami Hurricanes. At the time, Miami was a relatively small town and was the smallest market in the AAFC. The team's owner was also the poorest in the league (he wasn't even a millionaire!). A tough schedule and a head coach that quit midseason led the team to a 3-11 record, according to Pro Football Reference. The Seahawks ended up severely in debt and were bought and relocated to Baltimore, where they became the first incarnation of the Baltimore Colts.
The Seahawks did add one legacy to pro football: They played all of their November games on Monday nights, which was unheard of until the NFL's Monday Night Football.
|The team went on to become the original Miami Marlins. Unfortunately we can't find any photographic evidence of their Hustlers era.|
Like the Seahawks, Miami's first (though minor-league) baseball team was also woefully short-lived. Established as the Fort Myers Palms in 1926, the team moved to Miami in 1927 and took on the awesome mantel of the Miami Hustlers. Like Rick Ross, they spent every day hustlin'. However, their league, Florida State League, folded midway through the 1928 season. The franchise was reborn in 1962 and was the first team to use the name the "Miami Marlins," until 1971. They then became known as the Orioles before switching back to the Marlins name and eventually becoming the Miami Miracle (the name change came about through a new ownership group that counted Jimmy Buffett and Bill Murray as investors). When the MLB franchise we all know and hate today -- the Marlins -- came to town, the Miracle relocated to its original home of Fort Myers, where it still plays today. The Miami area also hosted other, less notable minor-league baseball teams such as the Sun Sox, the Flamingoes, the Wahoos, the Amigos, and the Tourists.