- September 22, 2017
Historic Dodgertown celebrates today, Sept. 22, the 90th birthday of Hall of Fame Manager Tom Lasorda. Lasorda first arrived at Historic Dodgertown in 1949, the second season of the Dodgers’ Spring Training base. Through the years, the life of Tom Lasorda and Historic Dodgertown have been intertwined through many stories. Here are just a few from the early days.
March 11, 1959
Left hand pitcher Tom Lasorda predicted a pennant for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959. Lasorda won 18 games for Montreal in 1958 and used that as his reasoning for his prediction. “When a... Read more >
- September 15, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2017) — Nearly 60 utility workers and tree crew specialists are being temporarily housed and nearly 140 workers are being fed at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida as Indian River County homes and businesses recover from Hurricane Irma’s damage. The men are staying in the hotel villa rooms and are being fed a hot breakfast and dinner each day in the dining room, and box lunches are provided for all.
Many of the crews were staged at Historic Dodgertown before the hurricane made land, ensuring quick service and response as soon as it... Read more >
- September 01, 2017
Labor Day Beach Bash tournament at Historic Dodgertown welcomes youth baseball teams from across Florida
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2017) — Youth travel ball teams from across Florida, plus one team from Georgia, will spend their Labor Day weekend at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida playing baseball as well as benefitting from Vero Beach dining, shopping and recreation with their families and teammates.
The Labor Day Beach Bash tournament will feature games Saturday thru Monday in the 10U-16U age brackets, with games taking place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The public is welcome to watch. Daily admission is only $5 per person and children 7-and-under are free.
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- August 31, 2017
Historic Dodgertown today, Aug. 31, celebrates the birthday of Hideo Nomo.
Hideo Nomo, a founding partner of Historic Dodgertown, was born August 31 in 1968 and his baseball career is filled with achievements. Nomo was the first Japan born player in 30 years to play in the major leagues when he signed with the Dodgers in 1995. His incredible pitching in the first half of the season led him to be named the starting pitcher for the National League in the 1995 All-Star Game. He finished his first major league season by helping the Dodgers to a Western Division title... Read more >
- August 30, 2017
We congratulate friend Senichi Hoshino, the former manager of the Chunichi Dragons in Japan professional baseball, who was inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame on July 14 during ceremonies at the Nagoya Dome prior to the first game of the two-game All-Star Series.
As Dragons Manager, Hoshino led the team to Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida for spring training in 1988 for two weeks. It was the first time the Dragons trained at Dodgertown. Five Chunichi players remained in the Dodger minor league system to gain valuable experience during the 1988 season. On March 3, 1988, the Dodgers played Chunichi... Read more >
- August 18, 2017
Historic Dodgertown celebrates today, August 18, as the birthdate of Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente.
Clemente originally signed with the Brooklyn Dodger organization in February, 1954 for a bonus of $10,000. He played his first professional Spring Training at Historic Dodgertown in 1954.
At that time, Major League Baseball had a rule that if a player signed for a bonus more than $6,000, the player had to be kept on the major league club for two seasons. If the club assigned the player to one their minor league clubs, the player would be &ldquo... Read more >
- July 30, 2017
Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach is saddened to learn that Bob Smith, longtime Dodger Vice President, Stadium Operations from 1969 until the end of 1994, has passed. Smith was retired and residing in Old Hickory, TN.
Peter O’Malley’s comment about Bob Smith, former Dodger Vice President, Stadium Operations: “For more than thirty years Bob was responsible for the cleanliness and safety of Dodger Stadium. He set the standard, no one did it better. My thoughts are with his wife, Lucy and family. I've lost a very good friend.”
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- July 29, 2017
Rachel Robinson is the recipient of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award” today in Cooperstown, New York. Robinson, the widow of Hall of Fame Dodger Jackie Robinson, is only the fourth recipient of the special award established in 2007 to honor “an individual whose efforts broadened the game’s appeal and whose character, integrity and dignity is comparable to the late O’Neil, who passed away in 2006 after eight decades of contributions to the game.”
In 1973, Rachel Robinson created the Jackie Robinson Foundation,... Read more >
- July 28, 2017
INAUGURAL SOFTBALL ELITE DEVELOPMENT INVITATIONAL OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY AT HISTORIC DODGERTOWN IN VERO BEACH, FL
Week of Softball Features Appx. 85 Participants (18 & under) with Diverse Backgrounds Learning from Former Olympians, USA Softball Players and Coaches in a Spring Training-Environment. Schedule Includes Player Workouts, Exhibition Games and Special Presentation by Softball Legend Jennie Finch
Below are the details for the inaugural Softball Elite Development Invitational (EDI), operated by Major League Baseball and USA Softball, at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. The special event includes approximately 85 amateur softball players (18 and under) with diverse backgrounds in a one-week program geared toward providing elite training and instruction opportunities from former Olympians, USA... Read more >
- July 27, 2017
On this date in 2008, the National Baseball Hall of Fame holds its Induction Ceremonies in Cooperstown, New York, as Dodger owner Walter O’Malley is one of the inductees in the “Class of 2008.” Elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee on December 3, 2007, O’Malley was the full-time owner of the Dodgers, the most accomplished franchise in the modern era, from 1950-79.
In 1999, ABC Sports Century Panel named visionary O’Malley in its Top 10 Most Influential People “off the field” in sports history, while The Sporting News named... Read more >