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Filling in the Blanks–D. Rambo

22 Aug

Baseball Reference lists D. Rambo as a first baseman for Greenville in the South Atlantic League in 1919, and for St. Petersburg and Tampa in the Florida State League during the 1920s.

Dexter Lovelle “Legs” Rambo was born in Sumter, South Carolina on April 10, 1900.

Rambo hit .146 in 13 games with Greenville in 1919 and became one of the original St. Petersburg Saints in 1920.

An excellent fielder with a weak bat, Rambo was a fan favorite in St. Petersburg and played on and off for the Saints until the team disbanded after the 1928 season.

Rambo was also was a pioneer in the popularization of “Diamond Ball” or softball in Florida.  Rambo managed and played for the St. Petersburg Saints Diamond Ball team throughout the 1930s, including the state championship team in 1931.

Dexter Rambo (Standing 5th from left) with his Florida State Diamond Ball Championship team

Rambo worked for the United States Post office until his death on September 2, 1952 in St. Petersburg.