By Knowlera

In Daytona Beach, "42" is more than a movie, or a number emblazoned on a stadium banner. In 1946, Jackie Robinson was playing for the Montreal Royals, a AAA team in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. An exhibition game between the two clubs was moved to Daytona Beach because of segregation laws in Jacksonville, the Dodgers' spring training home. The game was the first racially integrated game Robinson ever played in. In 1947, the Dodgers moved their spring training to Daytona Beach, largely because of the discrimination experienced in Jacksonville — and that year, Robinson became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. Today, relax at Jackie Robinson Ballpark and take in a game with the Daytona Cubs or Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. The park's unique island location and exhibit recounting Robinson's accomplishments make it worth the trip.