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Jackie And Rachel Robinson Arrive In Daytona Beach

Jackie Robinson

— Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —

 
 
Jackie And Rachel Robinson Arrive In Daytona Beach Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
1. Jackie And Rachel Robinson Arrive In Daytona Beach Marker
Inscription.  
On Thursday February 28, 1946, two weeks after their marriage, Rachel and Jackie boarded an American Airlines propeller flight from Los Angeles to Daytona Beach. The flight’s first stop was at New Orleans and arrived on Friday March 1st about 7:00 a.m. After what was to be a four hour layover they were scheduled to fly to Pensacola for another stop before landing in Daytona Beach. At 11:00 a.m. they were told that the military had taken priority over the flight but that there would soon be another flight. The airport restaurant refused to serve them and the newlyweds appreciated the shoebox full of fried chicken and hard-boiled eggs that Jackie’s mother insisted they take along. They finally boarded their flight to Pensacola 12 hours later. In Pensacola the flight attendant asked the Robinson's and a Mexican to exit the plane and they were replaced with white passengers. As he choked back his anger and checked in with Rickey, since they were now late for the start of Spring Training, Jackie told him they were taking the Greyhound Bus. The l6-hour ride started late Friday night as the young couple fell asleep in the reclining seats toward
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the front of the bus. As additional passengers boarded the bus, the driver walked back to Rachel and Jackie and motioned them to the rear of the bus as once more Jackie concealed his anger. They arrived in Daytona Beach late Saturday afternoon March 2, 1946, and were able to smile at those who greeted them.

Caption:
“Well, I finally made it, but I never want another trip like this one.”
Jackie and Rachel Robinson and local cab driver, Daytona Beach, 1946
Photo courtesy of Charles Feeney
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsSports. A significant historical date for this entry is February 28, 1946.
 
Location. 29° 12.579′ N, 81° 1.006′ W. Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached from East Orange Avenue, 0.1 miles 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. Breaks Major League Baseball Color Barrier (here, next to this marker); First Spring Training (here, next to this marker); Rachel Robinson (here, next to this marker); Jackie's First MLB Spring Training Game (here, next to this marker);
Jackie And Rachel Robinson Arrive In Daytona Beach image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
2. Jackie And Rachel Robinson Arrive In Daytona Beach
Sports Memories (here, next to this marker); Mary McLeod Bethune (here, next to this marker); Early Beginnings (here, next to this marker); Wendell Smith And Billy Rowe (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daytona Beach.
 
More about this marker. 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.
 
Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
3. Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum Marker
Jackie Robinson Ballpark Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
4. Jackie Robinson Ballpark Entrance
Aerial File Photo Jackie Robinson Ballpark image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross
5. Aerial File Photo Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Radiology Associates Field At Jackie Robinson Ballpark image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, July 14, 2017
6. Radiology Associates Field At Jackie Robinson Ballpark
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 309 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on September 18, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 26, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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