Florida park named after police chief who forced Jackie Robinson out of game gets new name


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Summary generated on August 12, 2020


    Robinson - who would go on to break major league baseball's race barrier, becoming a Civil Rights pioneer and Hall-of-Famer - played for the Montreal Royals at the time.

    The Royals were the Triple-A International League affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the team Robinson would make history with a year later, according to MLB. Robinson and the Royals were playing an exhibition game in the then segregated city of Sanford, about 30 miles north of Orlando.

    Robinson played the first inning of the spring training game, according to the city's website.

    At the top of the second, Williams walked onto the field and demanded that Robinson and another Black player, Johnny Wright, leave the game.

    One of the most notable incidents was when the manager and players of the Philadelphia Phillies shouted derogatory comments at Robinson from their dugout.