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Dodgers: Police Chief Who Kicked Jackie Robinson Out of a Game Has Name Removed From Park

It took more than 70 years, but Sanford is making amends with the Robinson family.



It was over 70 years ago that a well-known police chief kicked Jackie Robinson out of a ballgame. Jackie would, of course, go on to become not only a Dodgers’ legend but an icon all over the world. 

In fact, Jackie would break MLB’s color barrier with the Dodgers just one year after Roy. G Williams made him leave a minor league game in Sanford, Florida. Robinson had started the game at shortstop for the minor league team, playing two innings before Williams entered the dugout and told Robinson to leave. 

On Monday, the city voted unanimously to strip Williams’ name from the park. Williams served as the Police Chief in Sanford for more than 40 years. After the incident, Robinson was sent to Dayton Beach to play for the Montreal Royals at City Island Ballpark. The city of Sanford later apologized for removing the Dodgers’ legend, but that was not until 1997.

For Jackie, it was one of the many prejudices that he faced as he tried to reach the Dodgers’ big league squad. Unfortunately, he faced even more criticisms and verbal attacks once he made it to the Major Leagues. 

With the Dodgers, Jackie went on to do some pretty amazing things. He won the Rookie of the Year award after making his debut, an award later renamed after him. He was a six-time All-Star, and MVP Winner, and eventually a Hall of Famer. Through a ten-year career, Robinson collected over 1500 hits and tole nearly 200 bases. He was also a part of the team that helped win the 1955 World Series. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. This incident didn’t stop Jackie! I have always been super proud that Jackie is a Dodger. My family and I traveled to Montreal one year for my son’s tournament. We were walking around and I noticed a little plaque in honor of Jackie. Jackie Robinson played for the Montreal Royals and he was not just a terrific player, he was a fan favorite and I remember reading about how they carried him off on their shoulders after the championship. Just goes to show that obstacles and challenges are not a reason to quit or give up.

  2. I didn’t see where it said that team was an all-white team. But it must have been if he got kicked out. Well, the city apologized to him not the cop nor anyone in his family. It’s a shame that no one had the baseballs to go face to face and say I’m sorry I made a mistake. But then again, was the cop ordered by anyone to do that? There usually is more to the story.

  3. I have no problem with this, Jackie was a great player and a true gentleman. However, this comes at a time when the cancel culture is attempting to re-write American History. Columbus Day, a source of pride to Italian-Americans, has been erased in a few states and statues torn down. The contributions of Washington and Jefferson mean nothing as they were slave owners. Somebody had to build this country. Maybe we should have waited for heros that were more PC.

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