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One interesting fact about each Grapefruit League site

What is there to know about these towns, other than the fact that an MLB team conducts Spring Training there? Here's a fact about all 13 Florida cities on the Grapefruit League circuit. (Tomorrow, I'll look at the Cactus League.)

Bradenton, Fla. (Pirates) -- Tropicana was founded in Bradenton in 1947. While its headquarters are now in Chicago, its juice production center remains in Bradenton.

Clearwater, Fla. (Phillies) -- Home to the Church of Scientology's world headquarters, around 12,000 Scientologists (who own more than 200 businesses in the city's downtown) live in Clearwater.

Dunedin, Fla. (Blue Jays) -- Founded by two Scots, Dunedin was named after Dun Eideann, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh.

Fort Myers, Fla. (Red Sox, Twins) -- Thomas Edison built a winter home called "Seminole Lodge" in Fort Myers in 1887. Henry Ford built one called "The Mangoes" next door in 1916.

Jupiter, Fla. (Cardinals, Marlins) -- Originally the home of the Hobe Indian tribe, which was written by the Spanish as "Jobe," which was misread by a mapmaker as "Jove," which was interpreted as Latin by a later mapmaker, who anglicized the name to Jupiter.

Kissimmee, Fla. (Astros) -- Kissimmee is the annual host of the Silver Spurs Rodeo, which is the United States' largest rodeo event east of the Mississippi River.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Braves) -- Along with Bay Lake, Fla., Lake Buena Vista is home to Walt Disney World and completely controlled by the Walt Disney Company. The two cities welcome 50 million tourists a year, employ 66,000 "cast members" and have a combined residential population of 57.

Lakeland, Fla. (Tigers) -- Queen Elizabeth sent two swans to Lakeland in 1954 after a local resident wrote to her bemoaning the eradication of the local swan population. All of Lakeland's now-flourishing swan community descended from this royal pair.

Melbourne, Fla. (Nationals) -- While Melbourne was named in honor of its first postmaster, who was Australian, it was founded two years after the Civil War by former slaves.

Port Charlotte, Fla. (Rays) -- Wayne Rooney of Manchester United owns a home in Port Charlotte.

Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Mets) -- Port St. Lucie is the current hometown of Robert Van Winkle, who you might know as Vanilla Ice.

Sarasota, Fla. (Orioles) -- Former home of circus magnate John Ringling, Sarasota is home to the Circus Museum and the former site of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

Tampa, Fla. (Yankees) -- Tampa is home to a yearly pirate-themed festival called "Gasparilla" and is also considered the American mecca of death metal.

-- Dan Wohl /