Tortugas Baseball Season Starts April 5th
While people associate Daytona Beach with lovely spring weather, warm waters and perfect beaches, there is one other aspect of this place that’s also worth a visit this spring: the Tortugas baseball season!
Daytona Beach has actually been part of the development of the state’s professional baseball history since 1920 when the City Island Ballpark first hosted the Class D Florida State League. The ballpark was renamed Jackie Robinson Ballpark in 1989, as the stadium served as host to the first racially integrated game in baseball history. This game took place during the 1946 season’s spring training. It was a radically historic event, which is still greatly honored to this day. A commemorative statue of Robinson is also at the south entrance of the ballpark.
When certain events led to the temporary hiatus of professional baseball for eight years, the Florida State League returned in 1936. From thereon, a spectrum of colorful personalities punctuated the exciting history of the Daytona Beach professional baseball. Personalities like the left-handed pitcher Stan Musial, who won a total of 18 games, made sure that there was a real legacy to be followed with bated breath, every season.
The first minor league team arrived some decades later in 1993 when the Chicago Cubs arrived. This league established an Advanced Class “A’ affiliation with the home-grown team, the Daytona Cubs. Things began to truly look up in 2007 when the Cubs hosted the Florida State League All-Star Game. The last time the same event was hosted was back in 1983.
In 2015, the Cubs experienced a re-branding after moving from Daytona Beach to Myrtle Beach. The Daytona Tortugas were born. This led to great success as the branding was highly favored by fans and it caught on very quickly. Tortuga translates to ‘turtle’ in Spanish, and sparked immense interest and excitement in the local community. A new mascot was introduced (Shelldon) and became the most beloved mascot of the Sunshine State.
Taking in a game with the family could be one of the best highlights of your trip. The weather is gorgeous this time of the year, and the open air ballpark makes for a vividly refreshing experience. The ballpark has many special promotions and events throughout the year, including Belly Buster Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wishful Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays, and much more. Get all the details on their official website to help you plan your visit.
The Shores Resort & Spa is a proud supporter of professional baseball in Daytona Beach and we will be offering discounted tickets, available at the front desk of the resort. Inquire about our room packages that will suit your stay in Daytona Beach Shores and experience the excitement that can only be brought to the table by a minor league team with a rich, textured history. Come to the Shores Resort & Spa and experience the best of the beach and professional sport – at the same time!