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Grapefruit League Overview

Updated: March 10, 2006, 2:15 PM ET
By Bill Evans | Special to ESPN SportsTravel

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Evidence points to the first spring training taking place as early as 1870. The institution grew as barnstorming became a integral element of marketing the game. Gather. Spend a few days getting in shape. Begin the long train ...

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