Daytona Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —
Jackie Robinson excelled in all sports. On May 7, 1938, while at Pasadena Junior College, he set a National Junior College record in long jump with a jump of 25 feet 6½ inches. This record was previously held by Jackie’s older brother Mack, who was an Olympic Silver Medallist (sic, Medalist) (runner up to Jesse Owens) in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In 1940 he also won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) division I Championship in long jump. In football, Robinson led the country in punt returns while at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), averaging 20.1 yards in 1939 and 20.1 yards in 1940. He also averaged 12.2 yards on 42 rushes in his first season. He teamed with Kenny Washington (one of the first blacks to play in the National Football League) to create an All-American backfield, a legendary collegiate pairing. Also, while at UCLA, he led the Pacific Coast Conference Southern Division in basketball scoring for two seasons. He won the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Golf Championship as well as competed in tennis.
“Above anything else, I hate to lose.”
Jackie Robinson at UCLA and at home in Connecticut
Photo courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY
Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida
Location. 29° 12.577′ N, 81° 1.004′ 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. Touch for map. Marker located in Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 E Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Early Beginnings (here, next to this marker); Breaks Major League Baseball Color Barrier (here, next to this marker); Jackie And Rachel Robinson Arrive In Daytona Beach (here, next to this marker); First Spring Training (here, next to this marker); Rachel Robinson (a few steps from this marker); Jackie's First MLB Spring Training Game (a few steps from this marker); Mary McLeod Bethune (a few steps from this marker); Exceptional Athletic Ability (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
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Sports •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 110 times since then. 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.