Historic Markers Across Florida



Jackie Robinson - Baseball Legend



Marker ID:  
Location: 105 E. Orange Ave, Daytona Beach, FL
County: Volusia
Coordinates: N 29° 12.588    W 081° 1.014
  29.2098    -81.0169
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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Jackie Robinson
Baseball Legend
—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —


As a gifted UCLA athlete, Jackie Robinson played in all four of the so called major sports. Ironically, he was a star in all except baseball, and yet baseball was the sport that would immortalize him. in 1945, Jackie Robinson played his rookie year in the Negro Baseball League with the Kansas City Monarchs, batting .387. In 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president, Branch Rickey approached Jackie to determine whether he had the courage and character necessary to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson’s fiercely competitive nature, his will to win and the support of his wife, Rachel Robinson, provided the foundation for his brilliant career. His legacy continues to be an inspiration to athletes and people of all colors.

1947: Rookie of the Year, later renamed the “Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year award.” He led the national league with 29 stolen bases.

1949: National League most valuable player, and hitting leader with an outstanding .342 batting average, 37 stolen bases and 124 runs.

Jackie Robinson appeared in six all-star games and six World Series with the Dodgers.

1962: He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

1997: fifty years after he became the first player, Major League Baseball retired his number “42”, The first number to be retired by every team.

Erected by Daytona Beach, Florida.


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