Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark

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Jackie Robinson Stadium
Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark
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Daytona Tortugas, Bethune-Cookman University

Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, FL, is the home of the Daytona Tortugas, the Cincinnati Reds' Low-A Florida State League farm team. Baseball at "The Jack" dates to 1914, but today's grandstand and press box only to 1962.

Arguably the minors' oldest active park - when did it become "this" park? - it is historic no matter how far back it dates. A year before breaking big-league baseball's color line, Jackie Robinson, then with the Montreal Royals, faced the Brooklyn Dodgers here in a March 17, 1946, spring-training game that was the first openly integrated non-barnstorming game since 1889. Although renamed for Robinson in 1989, its 1998 National Register of Historic Places entry reads "City Island Ball Park" - its name during the historic events of 1946.

During that season, Robinson practiced at since-demolished Kelly Field in Daytona Beach. On April 15, 2020 - Jackie Robinson Day - the city announced plans to bring baseball back to the site, explaining that ground would have been broken that day but the Coronavirus pandemic forced a delay.[1] On October 23, 2022, with the lot still vacant, the city unveiled a historical marker there.[2]

The Jack is one of two ballparks in the minors that is located on an island - City Island in the Halifax River. It went to artificial turf in 2019.

The franchise was very nearly lost in MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization. Reportedly, the site's history carried the day but with the admonition that there would be no exception to the ballpark standards MLB imposed in that shuffle. The Tortugas are seeking $30 million to get their playpen up to that bar.

The Jack is now the only FSL stadium whose team does not also host its parent club's spring training. Not only has that been true for most of its history, the as-is ballpark has never married up the FSL team and its own parent - and the site has only done so for two years as the St. Louis Cardinals parented the Daytona Beach Islanders in 1936 and 1937. The as-is Jack did host spring training and FSL baseball in four of the Expos years, but never with the spring training team parenting the FSL club. The last MLB club to spring train here was the 1980 Montreal Expos, and the FSL didn't return until the now-Tortugas franchise arrived as the Daytona Cubs in 1993.

Radiology Associates purchased field naming rights before the 2014 season.


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