Jackie Robinson Ballpark is named after the hall of famer who broke baseball's color barrier, becoming the first African American player to play at the major league level. The then City of Daytona Beach ignored existing Jim Crow-era segregation laws so Jackie Robinson, recently signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, could play there.
The "Tugas" are members of the Florida State League, a low-A minor league with affiliates of several major league clubs such as the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and many more.
The team has enjoyed success since the inception of the team in 1993. They've won nine division titles and sis Florida State League Championships. There's also been several dozens of players go on to play at the major league level.
In addition great to competitive professional baseball in Volusia County, the Tortugas are perhaps best known for some of their promotions. In the past the team hosted Bob Ross Night, giving tribute to the famed New Smyrna-based artist by giving away Bob Ross bobbleheads and encouraging fans to dress in 70's attire.
The team has also hosted Vince Carter night, honoring the Daytona Beach native and future NBA Hall of Famer. Vince is often an annual guest who signs autographs before the game and throws out the first pitch.
Current ongoing promotions include Belly Buster Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdsays and the ever popular Friday Night Fireworks. At the close of the game, the stadium lights dim and fans enjoy a spectacular fireworks show set to favorite music tracks.
If you've missed baseball and have missed the nostalgic sights and sounds of being at a professional ballpark, the good news is you don't have to travel far to experience it. For more information, visit the Torguas' website.