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|
|Full name||Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark|
|Former names||Daytona City Island Ballpark (1914–1988)|
|Address||105 East Orange Avenue|
|Location||Daytona Beach, Florida|
|Owner||City of Daytona Beach|
|Operator||Big Game Florida, LLC|
|Field size||Left Field: 317 ft|
Center Field: 400 ft
Right Field: 325 ft
|Opened||June 4, 1914|
|Renovated||1930, 1951, 1962, 1973, 1999|
|Architect||Fuquay & Gheen, Inc.|
|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
|Built||1914 (ball field)|
|MPS||Daytona Beach Multiple Property Submission|
|NRHP reference #||98001253|
|Added to NRHP||October 22, 1998|
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. 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.
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.
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
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The league was founded in 1919, and has continued almost entirely uninterrupted to the present day.List of Minor League Baseball leagues and teams
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