—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)) or the ones who followed”.
Caption: Photo courtesy of the Althea Gibson Foundation
Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.
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 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
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Sports • Women •
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