Historic Markers Across Florida

Jackie Robinson - Sports Memories

Marker ID:  
Location: 105 E. Orange Ave, Daytona Beach, FL
County: Volusia
Coordinates: N 29° 12.577    W 081° 1.004
  29.20961666    -81.01673333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Jackie Robinson
Sports Memories
—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 (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.

(photo caption)
“Above anything else, I hate to lose."
Jackie Robinson at UCLA and at home in Connecticut

Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.


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