Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
— Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —
Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first African-American to break the modern day Major League Baseball color barrier. His extraordinary baseball skills, appealing personality, intelligence and courage, contributed to make this significant accomplishment possible. In breaking the baseball color barrier, he challenged the deeply rooted custom of racial segregation in both north and south. Jackie’s leadership opened the doors for other minorities into professional sports and the corporate world. In 1997, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this momentous event, Jackie Robinson was honored as a man who stood defiantly against those working against racial equality and acknowledged the profound influence of one man’s life on American culture.
At Jackie Robinson’s retirement, Brooks Lawrence, a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds and a former Negro Leaguer, paid tribute to Robinson: “You opened the door for me and others who followed you and when you opened it you threw it wide open. You gave us a new way of life for which we will be eternally grateful.”
After retiring from baseball, Jackie Robinson actively supported
Caption: Jackie Robinson
Photo courtesy of Peter Simon
Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Sports.
Location. 29° 12.551′ N, 81° 0.989′ W. Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from East Orange Avenue 0.1 miles east of South Beach Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker located in Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Althea Gibson (here, next to this marker); Roberto Clemente (a few steps from this marker); Willie O’Ree (a few steps from this marker); Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); A Gifted Athlete (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” RobinsonExceptional Athletic Ability (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackie Robinson Ballpark (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daytona Beach.
Regarding Jackie Robinson. This Daytona Beach Ballpark is named in honor of famed Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson. In 1946, Daytona Beach was the only city along the spring season circuit to allow Robinson to play. This event helped Robinson to eventually break the color barrier in major league baseball. On October 22, 1998, this stadium was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 17, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.