It’s throwback night on Aug. 27 for the Daytona Tortugas (High A; Florida State League), as the team reclaims an old name — the Daytona Beach Islanders — and a beloved era in ballpark history.
The Tortugas play at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark, but for much of its history (1914–1988) it was known as Daytona City Island Ballpark — the home of the Islanders. The Islanders was the name of the original Daytona Beach team from 1920-1924. The name then returned for a year in 1928 and was later used from 1936-1966, as an affiliate for six different Major League teams. Following a short change name to the Dodgers, the Islanders returned in 1977, and then finally from 1985-1986, as part of the Texas Rangers system. In total, the name was used for 36 different seasons and as part of eight different organizations.
The Tortugas will be wearing special Islander jerseys, which will be auctioned off following the game to benefit Stand Up 2 Cancer on what is also Stand Up 2 Cancer night at the ballpark.
Additionally, the Tortugas, for the night, will be referred to solely as the Islanders, including any sort of in-house public address announcements and introductions. The night will include food and drink specials and music from the Islanders era.