First Spring Training
—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —
As Billy Rowe, Chief Photographer For The Pittsburg Courier And Constant Companion During The Robinson’s First Spring Training Related: “When The Royals Were Playing In (Sanford) Florida, Robinson Got A Hit, Stole Second, Went To Third On A Passed Ball And Stole Home. The Umpire Called Him Safe, But A Policeman Walked Onto The Field And Made Robinson Leave The Ballpark Because Local Law Prohibited Blacks From Playing With Whites. In Protest, Black Fans In The Stands Left The Park, Too. That Sent A Message About What Could Happen. To Me It Was The First Demonstration Of Racial Togetherness; The First Time.
I Had Seen That. It Was Something I'll Never Forget.” Later That Spring Training, A Game
To Feature Jackie Robinson And Johnny Wright In DeLand Was Cancelled Citing Faulty Lighting When It Was A Game To Be Played During The Daylight Hours. A Trip To
Jacksonville Was In Vain Because The Ballpark Gates Were Locked. According To A City Official, Local Laws Would Not Allow Negroes And Whites To Play On The Same Field. The Rest Of The Scheduled Games Featuring Robinson
And Wright Were Transferred To Daytona Beach.
Location. 29° 12.581′ N, 81° 1.004′ W. Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker can be reached
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rachel Robinson (here, next to this marker); Jackie's First MLB Spring Training Game (here, next to this marker); Mary McLeod Bethune (here, next to this marker); Jackie And Rachel Robinson Arrive In Daytona Beach (here, next to this marker); Breaks Major League Baseball Color Barrier (here, next to this marker); Sports Memories (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.
Regarding First Spring Training. 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.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 22 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 25, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.