Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson (HM207B)

Location: Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Volusia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 12.578', W 81° 1.005'

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Breaks Major League Baseball Color Barrier

—Jackie Robinson Ballpark & Museum —

In 1945, Jackie Robinson was a Negro League standout in his rookie year with the Kansas City Monarchs, batting .387. While Jackie excelled in the field and base paths he was not considered the best compared to such renowned players as Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson. Summoned to the office of Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager, Branch Rickey, Robinson thought he was being scouted for a new Negro League team. In reality, Rickey wanted to see if Robinson had the courage and character necessary to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Branch Rickey was the product of a devout Methodist upbringing on an Ohio farm. He was known to be "religious, righteous and rhetorical." Rickey knew Robinson had the talent. Rickey told him, "I want to beg two things of you, Jackie. Give it all you have as a ballplayer. As a man, give continuing loyalty to your race and to the critical cause you are going to symbolize. And above all, do not fight. No matter how vile the abuse, you must ignore it. You are carrying the reputation of a race on your shoulders. Bear it well, and the day will come when every team in baseball will open its doors to Negroes."

(photo caption)
"Jackie, we've got no army. There's virtually nobody on our side. No owners, no umpires, very few newspapermen. And I'm afraid that many fans will
be hostile. We'll be in a tough position. We can win only if we can convince the world that I'm doing this because you're a great ballplayer, a fine gentleman."
Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey, New York, 1945
(photo courtesy of Corbis)
HM NumberHM207B
Placed ByDaytona Beach , Florida
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, July 28th, 2017 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 498371 N 3231211
Decimal Degrees29.20963333, -81.01675000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 12.578', W 81° 1.005'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 12' 34.68" N, 81° 1' 0.29999999999999" W
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Area Code(s)386
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 42 Orange Ave, Daytona Beach FL 32114, US
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