In the spring of 1946, Daytona was the first city to allow color-barrier-breaking slugger Jackie Robinson to play on its fields. Today, its municipal stadium carries his same in tribute. Constructed in three months in the spring of 1914, it's been renovated five times since, and is the only venue on Ripken's list registered as a national historic place (as City Island Ball Park). "Despite its age, the Jack feels a bit newer and more spacious than its sister stadiums in the Florida State League," says the 1982 AL Rookie of the Year. "And for a young kid going to Daytona and playing, it's fun to be on the beach as well." Or the river: The adjacent Halifax River boasts some of the best fly-fishing in northern-central Florida. Angling is at its best between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., so shoot for a 7:05 game.
Credit: Jessica Webb / Daytona Beach News-Journal / AP
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