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04/23/2024 | Episode 201

Welcome to Florida: The rise and fall of Jai-Alai

The rise and fall of Jai-Alai

We begin this week's episode remembering former Florida governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, who passed away recently. Our guest is Marty Fleischman who worked in the Jai-Alai industry across Florida for more than 40 years. He explains how the sport came to Florida, its rise to incredible popularity in Miami and Tampa, and the factors which have rendered it largely forgotten today.

Image: World Jai-Alai League/Facebook.

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30. 04 2024, 09:19:2727
Always wanted to play Jai Alai. How do we bring it back!?

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Craig Pittman is the award-winning author of Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, The Scent of Scandal, Cat Tale, Manatee Insanity and The State You’re In, and co-author of Paving Paradise. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. 

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