Step Into History at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach

By: Sam Jordan


Baseball history isn't purely in the Bronx or Boston; there's actually quite a bit here in Florida.

I sampled some of that last history night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach as I spent the second night of summer soaking up some minor league baseball; the Daytona Cubs vs. the Lakeland Flying Tigers, to be exact. Anyways, the history comes in before you even enter "The Jack," as the statue of Jackie Robinson (see photos) notes the fact that this field (previously named Daytona City Island Ballpark), was the site of the first racially integrated game in baseball history. It was an exhibition game on March 17, 1946 between the Montreal Royals and Brooklyn Dodgers, when Robinson first played with white players. He played that day for Montreal, the Dodgers' farm team, and would make his major league debut on April 15, 1947. These days the home team plays in the Florida State League as the Class-A Advanced Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

The ocean breeze is great, the sun sets in center field, and you can find the money for a ticket in between your couch cushions. Check out the pics for now, and soon I'll have some video of why getting your history with your minor league baseball makes for a great night out in Daytona! 

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