Police chief who forced Jackie Robinson to leave game has name removed from park

A notorious police chief kicked Jackie Robinson out of a baseball game in Sanford, Florida, more than 70 years ago because the city didn’t allow integrated teams to use their ballparks.

Robinson, the future Hall-of-Famer, would go on to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947.

And on Monday, Sanford’s City Commission voted unanimously to strip now-deceased Police Chief Roy. G Williams’ name from the park, and change it to Elliott Avenue Park.

Williams was the city’s police chief for nearly four decades. He told Robinson to leave the park during a minor league game in 1946.


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