— Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —
Althea Gibson overcame unbelievable odds to achieve international acclaim and success. Her journey from the violent streets of Harlem to the royal courts of Wimbledon reveals strength of character and her remarkable composure in the face of racial prejudice. A pioneer in both amateur tennis and professional golf, she paved the way for the likes of Venus Williams and Tiger Woods.
Althea Gibson was the first black woman to compete in professional tennis. She Won II major titles in the late 1950's, including singles titles at the French Open (1956), Wimbledon (1957, 1958), and the U.S. Open (1957, 1958), as well as three straight doubles crowns at the French Open (1956, 1957, 1958). In 1957, she was the first black to be voted by the Associated Press as Female Athlete of the Year. She won that honor again in 1958.
For tennis fans, Althea Gibson will always be somebody very special. Though she didn’t go looking for the role of pioneer, she was one. “If it hadn’t been for her,” says Billie Jean King, winner of 12 Grand Slam singles titles, “it wouldn’t have been so easy for arthur (ashes, (sic, ashe))
Caption: Photo courtesy of the Althea Gibson Foundation
Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Sports • Women.
Location. 29° 12.55′ N, 81° 0.993′ W. Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from E. Orange Ave. near S. Beach St. 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. Roberto Clemente (here, next to this marker); Jackie Robinson (here, next to 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); Exceptional Athletic Ability (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson (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 Althea Gibson. This Daytona Beach Ballpark is named in honor of famed Major League Baseball player
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 18, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. 6. submitted on August 15, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on July 18, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.