Historic District in St. Augustine in St. Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
"Fred Francis Took Baseball Out of the Sand Lots"
Through his love of baseball and through his love for St. Augustine and its people, Frederick G. (Fred) Francis took baseball out of the sandlots and lifted the St. Augustine Saints to four pennants while he was at the helm.
Fred Francis made it possible for a lighted baseball park to become a reality and brought night professional baseball to St. Augustine, keeping the sport alive in the Nation's Oldest City. A native of Render, Kentucky, Fred Francis came to St. Augustine as a young child. He became an outstanding athlete, excelling in baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis and golf. He was a member of the amateur St.Augustine Saints baseball team and then played professional baseball at shortstop in the Class B Southeastern League and other circuits.
Francis was a tennis instructor at the Alcazar Hotel and covered sports for the St. Augustine Record.
When he left active playing, he did not retire from sports. He managed and backed the Saints in the semi-professional Northeast Florida League and the Class D Florida State League.
The St. Augustine City Commission named the City's baseball park Francis
Fred Francis died in St. Augustine in 1962.
Erected by City of St. Augustine.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is June 23, 1938.
Location. 29° 53.927′ N, 81° 18.997′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in St. Johns County. It is in the Historic District. Marker is on Cordova Street just south of West Castillo Drive, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located between Francis Field and the city's parking garage. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Cordova St, Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orange Street School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Augustine Civic Center (about 500 feet away); Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 600 feet away); The Cubo Line (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Santo Domingo RedoubtThe Huguenot Cemetery (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
Also see . . . Francis Field. Beacher's Lodge website entry (Submitted on May 26, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 116 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 26, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.