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James P. Small Memorial Stadium, A.K.A. Durkee Field, has served as the epicenter of organized baseball in Jacksonville. Located at 1701 Myrtle Ave., the field has hosted spring trainings and exhibition games of the major league teams, as well as home to several minor league teams such as the Jacksonville Tars (Jacksonville Braves) and the Jacksonville Red Caps of the Negro League.
In 1953, the Jacksonville Braves broke the color line of the South Atlantic League by bringing in three African American players. One was 19-year-old, Henry “Hank” Aaron, who played at Durkee Field for one year before being moved to the Milwaukee Braves. Also known at different times as Barrs Field, the Myrtle Avenue Ball Park, Joseph H. Durkee Athletic Field, and currently James P. Small Memorial Stadium, this block of property at the southeast corner of West Eighth Street and North Myrtle Avenue has been the site of organized professional, semi-professional, and amateur baseball since 1911. The current steel and brick grandstand has the same basic appearance as originally designed and constructed in 1935 and as expanded in 1937.