Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark

The Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark (also known as Jackie Robinson Stadium or City Island Ball Park) is a historic baseball field in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. It is located at 105 East Orange Avenue on City Island, in the Halifax River.

Jackie Robinson Ballpark
"The Jack"
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Full nameRadiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Former namesDaytona City Island Ballpark (1914–1988)
Address105 East Orange Avenue
LocationDaytona Beach, Florida
Coordinates29°12′34″N 81°1′0″W / 29.20944°N 81.01667°W
OwnerCity of Daytona Beach
OperatorBig Game Florida, LLC
Capacity4,200[1]
Field sizeLeft Field: 317 ft
Center Field: 400 ft
Right Field: 325 ft
SurfaceGrass
Construction
OpenedJune 4, 1914
Renovated1930, 1951, 1962, 1973, 1999
ArchitectFuquay & Gheen, Inc.
Tenants
Daytona Tortugas (1993–present)
Bethune–Cookman Wildcats baseball (1993–present)
Daytona Beach Islanders/Dodgers/Astros/Admirals (1920–1924, 1928, 1936–1941, 1946–1973, 1977–1987)
St. Louis Cardinals (Spring training, 1925–1937)
Brooklyn Dodgers (Spring training, 1947)
Baltimore Orioles (Spring training, 1955)
Montreal Expos (Spring training, 1973–1980)
City Island Ball Park
Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark is located in Volusia County
Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark is located in Florida
Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark is located in the United States
Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark
Built1914 (ball field)
1929 (grandstand)
MPSDaytona Beach Multiple Property Submission
NRHP reference #98001253[2]
Added to NRHPOctober 22, 1998

Overview

The ballpark, originally known as City Island Ball Park, opened in 1914. It consisted of a baseball field and a set of wooden bleachers. The present day grandstand and press box were built in 1962.[3] It is the home of the Daytona Tortugas and the Bethune–Cookman Wildcats. The Daytona Tortugas were founded in 1993. They have won six Florida State League championships, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2011, and 2013.

The Bethune–Cookman Wildcats have also achieved recent success, including six consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) baseball championships from 1999–2004, and seven more in 2006–2012.

History

One reason the stadium is named for Jackie Robinson is the fact that Daytona Beach was the first Florida city to allow Robinson to play during the 1946 season's spring training. Robinson was playing for the Triple-A Montreal Royals, who were in Florida to play an exhibition game against their parent club, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Both Jacksonville and Sanford refused to allow the game due to segregation laws. Daytona Beach permitted the game, which was played on March 17, 1946. This contributed to Robinson breaking the Major Leagues' color barrier the following year when he joined the Dodgers. The refusal by Jacksonville, previously the Dodgers' spring training home, led the team to host spring training in Daytona in 1947 and build Dodgertown in Vero Beach for the 1948 season. A statue of Robinson is now located at the south entrance to the ballpark.

The ballpark was previously the home field of the Daytona Beach Islanders (1920–24, 1936–41, 1946–66, 1977, 1985–1986), Daytona Beach Dodgers (1968–73), and Daytona Beach Astros (1978–84). The major league Montreal Expos conducted their spring training at the park from 1973–80.

On October 22, 1998, the stadium was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places. This property is part of the Daytona Beach Multiple Property Submission, a Multiple Property Submission to the National Register.

The stadium sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Donna in 1960. A $2 million historic renovation project was accelerated after Hurricane Floyd ripped off the metal roofs over the seating in 1999. In 2004, the ballpark suffered moderate damage during Hurricane Charley, causing several home games to be moved to Melching Field at Conrad Park in nearby DeLand.

On May 12, 2018, the stadium hosted a concert by rapper Nelly with Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Juvenile as the opening acts.[4]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Radiology Associates Field". Daytona Tortugas. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ "Jackie Robinson Ballpark". Daytona Tortugas. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
  4. ^ Fuller, Austin. "Nelly, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony playing Daytona's Jackie Robinson Ballpark". Daytona Beach News. Retrieved 2018-05-13.

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Daytona Tortugas

The Daytona Tortugas are a minor league baseball team based in Daytona Beach, Florida. The team plays in the Florida State League (FSL). They are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. The team plays at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark; opened in 1914, the park seats 5,100 fans. In 2015, the inaugural season of Tortugas baseball, Daytona finished with a 77-58 record and won the Florida State League North Division Championship with a two-game sweep of the Clearwater Threshers in the first round of the playoffs.

The club was previously known as the Daytona Cubs from 1993 to 2014 when the team was an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The team has won six Florida State League championships: in 1995, 2000, 2004 (co-champions with the Tampa Yankees), 2008, 2011 and 2013. Their sixth FSL Championship came over the Charlotte Stone Crabs, winning 3–1 in a best-of-five series.

Florida State League

The Florida State League is a Minor League Baseball league based in the state of Florida. It is one of three leagues currently classified as Class A-Advanced, the third highest classification of minor leagues. Each team in the league is affiliated with a Major League Baseball team, and most play in their affiliate's spring training facility.

The league was founded in 1919, and has continued almost entirely uninterrupted to the present day.

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