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.