Historic Markers Across Florida



Jackie Robinson - First Spring Training



Marker ID:  
Location: 105 E. Orange Ave, Daytona Beach, FL
County: Volusia
Coordinates: N 29° 12.581    W 081° 1.004
  29.20968333    -81.01673333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Jackie Robinson
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.


Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.


Notes:

Photo can be found on the HMDB.org web site.