Each spring Kossie Akins drives from Fort Walton Beach to stay at the Safar Inn on Highway 92. Why? Spring Training with the Tigers. Akins has attended 35 consecutive camps, but he grew up in Lakeland and remembers the Tiger’s first spring training in 1934. When he was a mere lad of 16, Akins watched the Babe hit a home run out of the park and into the street.
I doubt Miguel Cabrera is going to match that feat.
“I look forward to this every year,” Akins said. “In fact, my daughter-in-law says spring training is part of my medicine.” — BradentonHeral.com
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