President and CEO, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
Peter O’Malley has returned to his baseball roots. As President and CEO of Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, O’Malley saved Dodgertown from being shuttered for a second time in 2012 and has now positioned it to be one of the nation’s premier multi-sport training sites and conference centers.
He and his family have strong bonds that tie him to Historic Dodgertown, as he spent considerable time at the camp as a youngster and enjoyed his first full-time job as its director from 1962-64. In the summers of 1954-55, he served as a 17- and 18-year-old counselor for the popular Dodgertown Camp for Boys.
During more than 50 years of Dodger ownership, the O’Malley family modernized and expanded Historic Dodgertown and it became synonymous with Major League Baseball’s best Spring Training base and cited as such by Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. Historic Dodgertown has also has been used for training camps by NFL teams and is frequently used by the Tokyo Giants and other professional teams from Asia, as well as by college football, soccer and baseball teams.
The O’Malley family sold the Dodgers in 1998. In 2001, Indian River County purchased the land and buildings from the Dodgers. In 2008, after the Dodgers’ final Spring Training, Dodgertown was shuttered. In 2009, Minor League Baseball stepped up to reactivate the multi-sport camp and called it “Vero Beach Sports Village.” Two years later, it was about to be closed again and, in 2012, O’Malley saved and then enhanced the iconic site with founding partners including his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler, former co-owner of the Dodgers, former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo and MiLB.
As Dodger president from 1970-98, O’Malley provided leadership for the organization that was named “Sports Franchise of the Century” by Street & Smith’s in 1998. During O’Malley’s ownership, Dodger Stadium was renowned for its beauty, family-friendly ticket prices and a clean, safe environment for fans, who attended in record numbers.
Stability and success on the field were hallmarks of O’Malley’s management, as the Dodgers made five World Series appearances, winning World Championships in 1981 and 1988 and five National League Pennants. The Dodgers had the best N.L. record (2,455-2,114) during O’Malley’s tenure. In 1997, Fortune magazine named the Dodgers as the only sports franchise selected as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America.” It was the third time the Dodgers had received the recognition, after being named in books of that title in 1984 and 1993.
O’Malley’s commitment to the worldwide growth of baseball is unparalleled. His international player signings in baseball are historic, including Fernando Valenzuela from Mexico, Craig Shipley from Australia, Chan Ho Park from South Korea and Hideo Nomo from Japan. In 1987, O’Malley created “Campo Las Palmas” a model state-of-the-art baseball academy, opened in the Dominican Republic. He privately built youth and adult baseball fields in Tianjin, China (1986), Managua, Nicaragua (1992) and Dublin, Ireland (1998). He received the first distinguished Little League Baseball Ambassador Award at the 19th International Congress of Little League Baseball in 1992, an award that now bears his name.
Forbes magazine featured O’Malley on the cover of its April 12, 1982 issue.
O’Malley was one of a select board of directors named to the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Olympic Games. He was the driving force to endorse baseball as a demonstration sport in the 1984 Games and hosted the sold-out exhibition tournament at Dodger Stadium, which provided momentum for the sport to later earn gold medal status.
In 2013, O’Malley was recipient of two prestigious honors: induction into the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame in New York and awarded the Medallion of Merit from the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Los Angeles.
On July 8, 2015, O'Malley received “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” decoration from Harry H. Horinouchi, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, in pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium. The Order, one of the highest for a civilian not from Japan, with its rays of sunlight from the rising sun, is conferred on individuals in recognition of their notable contributions to the enhancement of bilateral relations. The government noted that O’Malley has “contributed to promoting friendly relations through baseball between Japan and the United States and the development of Japan’s baseball world.”
O’Malley has served on the Board of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, New York, for 28 years and was on the Board of Trustees for the Little League Baseball Foundation for 30 years, including 11 years as Chairman. He was appointed to the Japan House Steering Committee on September 1, 2015 by Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan.
He succeeded his father Walter O’Malley, the Baseball Hall of Fame executive, as Dodger president on March 17, 1970. The O’Malley family owned the Dodgers for more than 50 years and earned the second highest winning percentage (.551) in the game in that time. On three occasions, they brought the Dodgers to Japan for Goodwill Tours (1956, 1966 and 1993).
Terry O'Malley Seidler
By baseball standards, Terry O’Malley Seidler has always managed her own team. That’s just the way it is when you are the mother of 10 children. While parenting can be a full-time job, Seidler has always made time for many other activities – including half-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers!
Her father was Walter O’Malley, the visionary owner of the Dodgers from 1944-1979, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in 2008. As a youngster, Terry attended Dodger games at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn with her two grandfathers, Edwin O’Malley, former New York City Commissioner of Public Markets and Peter Hanson, a judge in Brooklyn Domestic Relations Court. A lifelong love of baseball began. Because of her father’s involvement with the Dodgers, she literally grew up around the Major League game and became friends with many of its greatest personalities.
She graduated from St. Francis Xavier Academy in Brooklyn and the College of New Rochelle, New York, where she was elected class president and Mission Queen and was a member of the student council in her senior year. Active in many student organizations, in 1953 she was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
In 1954, when Walter O’Malley established a Dodgertown Summer Camp for Boys ages 12-16 in Vero Beach, Florida, he asked his daughter Terry to work as executive secretary, which she did for four summers. For two months, while 200 boys had the privilege of using quarters in the former Naval Air Station barracks, the same ones used by the Dodgers during Spring Training, Terry had her own dormitory wing and slept in a bed once assigned to team captain Pee Wee Reese. Later in Los Angeles, she served as a pinch-hitter for O’Malley in the office, acting as his secretary.
While the Dodgers struggled in their first season in Los Angeles, as destiny would have it, she met her future husband, Roland Seidler, Jr. at the May 4, 1958 Dodgers-Philadelphia game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as part of “St. Therese Parish Day.” The couple married on October 4 of that year at St. Therese Church in Alhambra, CA and celebrated 47 years together.
When Terry’s father privately-financed and built Dodger Stadium, regarded as the finest ballpark of the modern era, it was with great pride that she watched her mother Kay throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day, April 10, 1962. Fifty years later, on Opening Day 2012, Terry was selected by the Dodgers to throw the ceremonial first pitch, accompanied to the mound by her brother Peter. The enthusiastic sellout crowd cheered as she threw a strike to Hall of Fame Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda.
Beginning in 1978, Terry served as a director on the Los Angeles Dodgers Board of Directors. She was named secretary in 1981 and continued in that role through 1998. When her mother and father passed away in 1979, she and her brother Peter shared ownership of the Dodgers.
Under the O’Malley family leadership, the Dodgers won six World Championships. In 1997, the Dodgers were the only sports franchise selected by Fortune magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America,” the third time they had received that prestigious recognition. In 1982, the Dodgers established a then major league home attendance record of 3,608,881 fans through the turnstiles. Through the generosity of the O’Malley family, Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at Dodger Stadium on September 16, 1987.
Terry and Rollie (who passed in 2006) have 10 children: sons John, Peter, Michael, Robert, Tom and Matt and daughters Carol, Mary Kay, Annie and Jeannie and 24 grandchildren.
Terry has served as a Little League manager and as a member of community boards.
Somehow, given her elegance, boundless energy and enthusiasm, Terry always finds time to lend a helping hand with a smile on her face.
Chan Ho Park
Chan Ho Park made baseball history and courageously carried the weight of a nation on his shoulders.
As the first player to sign a groundbreaking Major League Baseball contract from South Korea, Park had a successful career and was a pioneer who opened the doors for others from his country to pursue their big league dreams. Including Park, 14 players from South Korea have performed in MLB through 2014.
Park, who signed as a free agent pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers on January 14, 1994, enjoyed 17 seasons in Major League Baseball, including nine with the Dodgers (1994-2001, 2008). He won 124 games and pitched in three postseasons, including the 2009 World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies. Park pitched in 1993 innings and had 1715 strikeouts.
Since retiring from his playing days in the United States in 2010, Park pitched one season for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan and one year for the professional Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization in South Korea, where he remains one of the nation’s most popular athletes.
Park, from Kong Ju City, first pitched at Dodgertown, Vero Beach, Florida during 1994 Spring Training as a rookie. On February 19, Park pitched inside the Dodgertown cages after a workout at Holman Stadium was rained out for a second consecutive day.
He made his professional debut on April 8, 1994 in relief and pitched one inning against Atlanta. Park and teammate Darren Dreifort became just the 17th and 18th players since the amateur draft in 1965 to make their first appearance in the majors. In 1995, Park played for the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes and was selected by Baseball America as the second-best Dodger prospect and the pitcher with the best fastball (clocked in the high 90s).
In 1996, Park was proud to have his collegiate team, Hanyang University from South Korea, train at Dodgertown from February 17-March 1. After going 5-5 in for the Dodgers that season, he became a full-time starter in 1997 when he was 14-8 with a 3.38 ERA.
In 1998, Park pitched for the South Korean national team in the Asian Games when it won the gold medal against Japan. He had his best season for the Dodgers in 2000 with an 18-10 record and a 3.27 ERA, recording his first career complete game shutout against the San Diego Padres.
After stints with the Texas Rangers, Padres and New York Mets, Park returned to the Dodgers in 2008. The right-hander made more history as on May 17, 2008 he pitched four innings without a decision against the Angels, but teammates Hong-Chih Kuo and Takashi Saito followed him to the mound, marking a first in MLB as all three pitchers in the game were of Asian heritage. Park wound up his career pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates.
From the time he signed with the Dodgers, Park developed a close friendship with former Dodger President Peter O’Malley. Park was happy to join with O’Malley as a founding partner to help save Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida after it was shuttered once (when the Dodgers left Florida to train in Arizona) and was on the verge of being closed again in 2011.
Today, Park is developing a baseball training center and entertainment complex in South Korea. He is married to Rie Park and has three daughters.Letters from Commissioner Emeritus Selig to Park and Nomo
“The Tornado” landed in Los Angeles from Japan in 1995, made history and the aftereffects are still felt to this day.
Hideo Nomo earned that nickname because of his twisting and turning pitching windup, but he preferred being called “Warrior.” Truly a pioneer who became one of the most popular and documented players in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers following his February 13, 1995 free agent signing by Dodger President Peter O’Malley, Nomo was every bit “Warrior” and a fierce competitor on the mound.
Every move that Nomo made from the time he went to Dodgertown, Vero Beach, Florida for his first Spring Training to the final game of the 1995 season was closely chronicled by hordes of media from Japan. Despite the pressure and burden of being constantly observed by the press corps and a nation back home, he maintained his calm demeanor and significantly produced on the field for the Dodgers. Nomo was the first Japanese-born player to play in Major League Baseball from Japan’s Pacific or Central Leagues since Masanori Murakami in 1964-65. Only this one stayed. Murakami pitched for the San Francisco Giants for two seasons and then returned to Japan to complete his career.
After making the transition from the Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Japan’s Pacific League to the Dodgers, Nomo started his major league career with a 13-6 record and 2.54 ERA in 28 starts. It touched off a phenomenon known as “Nomomania” as fans in Japan and America were enthralled by him and his every performance. Giant television screens were installed on buildings and street corners in 13 cities throughout Japan to show every Dodger start. Tour buses arrived at Dodger Stadium filled with Nomo fans from Japan. Nomo merchandise went flying off the souvenir shelves, as everyone wanted to get in on the excitement. When he pitched, stadiums throughout the country were sold out. Major publications from Tokyo to New York made Nomo their cover stories. The Japanese-American community in Los Angeles supported him in droves.
Also in 1995, Nomo was selected as the starting pitcher for the National League in the MLB All-Star Game at Texas. He struck out three in two scoreless innings. He was the first rookie to start the All-Star Game since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981. Nomo capped off a brilliant season as he was named N.L. Rookie of the Year.
Twice he led the league in strikeouts – with 236 in the N.L. for the 1995 Dodgers and 220 in the American League for the 2001 Boston Red Sox. In 12 major league seasons, Nomo won 123 games for the Dodgers (from 1995-1998 and 2002-2004), New York Mets (1998), Milwaukee (1999), Detroit (2000), Boston (2001), Tampa Bay (2005) and Kansas City (2008) before retiring.
He also fired two no-hitters; one for the Dodgers on September 17, 1996 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado and one for Boston on April 4, 2001 at Baltimore in his Red Sox debut. The no-hitter in Denver will always hold special significance because it was a rainy night and Coors Field was strictly known as a hitters’ park and, with its high elevation, a no-hitter was considered unthinkable. Before 50,066 opposing fans, Nomo blanked the Rockies 9-0 and it remains the only no-hitter in that park to this day. No Red Sox pitcher had thrown a no-hitter since Dave Morehead in 1965. Only five pitchers in baseball history have thrown a no-hitter in both leagues.
Nomo was no stranger to success, as he pitched consistently for Kintetsu in Japan where he won 78 games. He won the 1990 Eiji Sawamura Award for the best pitcher (Japan’s equivalent of the Cy Young Award) after going 18-8 and striking out 287 hitters in 235 innings.
His desire was to perform with the best stars in baseball in the United States. Nomo credits Dodger President Peter O’Malley with the opportunity to play for the Dodgers. O’Malley’s longtime friends in Japan helped him to judge if Nomo was indeed the right man to make the jump to the majors. What O’Malley learned was besides talent, Nomo was a true professional with great determination. That input said Nomo had the right stuff on the field and the strength and personality off it to be able to succeed.
The historic signing changed forever baseball’s landscape in America and Japan. Credit should go to Nomo for learning a new culture and performing in unfamiliar circumstances. Through 2013, some 40 players from Japan have followed Nomo’s footsteps to perform in Major League Baseball.
O’Malley and Nomo developed a lasting friendship well beyond baseball. The partnership at Historic Dodgertown is just one example of that.
Vice President, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
Craig Callan has been an integral part of the management and development of world-famous Historic Dodgertown for more than 35 years. His leadership and attention to detail helped to earn Dodgertown recognition as Major League Baseball’s best Spring Training camp.
Callan has served in numerous capacities since arriving at Dodgertown in 1978 for Harrison Conference Centers in New York as General Manager of Sports and Dodgertown Conference Center. In 1989, he became Director, Dodgertown and continued in that position until he was named Dodger Vice President, Spring Training & Minor League Facilities in 2002, expanding his duties to supervise the Dodgers’ Campo Las Palmas training camp in the Dominican Republic and acting as the liaison with all Dodger minor league affiliates.
He has overseen major expansions and improvements at the Historic Dodgertown campus, including the 1990 and 1997 additions and upgrades to the complex that houses the major league clubhouse; a new minor league clubhouse and umpire rooms, new indoor batting cages, media room and expanded office space. In 2002, Callan designed and supervised construction of a new 30,000-square-foot building that included state-of-the-art clubhouses, training facilities and executive offices for the Dodgers adjacent to historic Holman Stadium.
Most recently, he oversaw the construction and opening of the new Quad softball and youth baseball facility and three acre multi-sports field for use in football, soccer and lacrosse training and games at Historic Dodgertown. He also was the driving force behind the design and construction of the Dodgers’ spring camp at Camelback Ranch, Glendale, Arizona, a shared complex with the Chicago White Sox which opened in 2009.
Callan was responsible for Dodger Spring Training, the Single-A Florida State League Vero Beach Dodgers, the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Dodgers, a Sports and Conference Center catering year-round to national and international groups, as well as two golf courses and 60 acres of citrus groves.
Respected in the Vero Beach community, Callan has served on many boards, including the United Way, Samaritan Center, Council of 100 of Indian River County and the Civic Leadership Program and the Gifford Youth Community Center. In 2004, he was presented with a key to the City of Vero Beach. Callan received the Treasure Coast Citizen of the Year award in 1998 and the Vero Beach Police Department Citizen of the Year award in 1995.
Callan and his wife, Cynthia and son Liam, reside in Vero Beach and are also the proud grandparents of 14-year old Corliss Rose.
Vice President, Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida
Jeff Biddle is a native of Dansville, NY. From 1986-1989, he was the General Manager for Northeast Collegiate Baseball. In 1989, he became the Assistant Director of Athletics for Cocoa Expo Sports Center and was promoted to Director of Athletics in 1995. He served in that capacity until 2009 when he joined the staff at Historic Dodgertown.
Named Vice President April 1, 2015, Biddle is responsible for the sales and marketing to sports teams including baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and softball. He began the Spring Training program for high school and college baseball in 2011 in which 54 schools participated that inaugural year. The next two years saw an increase in teams and, in 2013, 106 teams attended. Due to its success, Historic Dodgertown has now expanded to high school and college softball and lacrosse. Biddle is also responsible for the booking of all other sports teams that use the facility for camps, showcases, tournaments and training.
He is married to his wife Crystal and has one daughter, Kaleigh. They reside in Vero Beach.
Asst. to the Vice President
Nancy Gollnick has been at Historic Dodgertown since 2009 when it reopened as Vero Beach Sports Village under the management of Minor League Baseball. Nancy was an 18-year employee previous to that time with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodgertown.
Nancy first began as club secretary and membership director at Dodger Pines Country Club. After five years at that facility, she was asked to become Assistant to the Vice President, Craig Callan, in 1995. Along with the duties of an administrative assistant Nancy was in charge of running the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp. The camp ran successfully until the Dodgers moved to Arizona in 2008. Nancy was asked to join the Dodgers during their first spring away from Dodgertown where she assisted in getting the offices organized and helping the staff in their new environment. With Historic Dodgertown, Nancy currently fills the position of Assistant to the Vice President as well as overseeing Human Resources and Accounting.
Nancy is an active member of the Exchange Club of Indian River where she has served on numerous committees and offices. She is past District Exchange Club District Director and Secretary and is currently President Elect of the District which includes the State of Florida. Nancy has previously been the chair of the American Cancer Society, a member of the United Way steering committee, a graduate of the Civic Leadership Program and a volunteer for many other local charities.
Nancy has two children, Camron and Lindsey, and three grandchildren – Dustin, Kelly and Jason.
Keith Smith, Grounds Supervisor, has enjoyed a career in the Turfgrass Industry for more than 30 years, the past 15 at the Dodgertown complex. Over that time, he has been involved with numerous renovations and upgrades to the facility. Of note is his oversight and management of the landscaping, irrigation and practice facility additions incorporated into the new Spring Training Complex completed in 2002, renovations to Holman Stadium field and the recently completed Quad softball and youth baseball facility and three acre multi-use sports field where the University of South Florida football team holds training camp.
While Dodgertown is ultimately recognized for baseball, Smith has had the pleasure of providing quality playing surfaces for a myriad of other sports at the facility such as softball, football, soccer, lacrosse and early on, even golf; attesting to the flexibility of the facility and his talents. In addition to the sports fields, Keith maintains over 15 acres of lawns, ornamentals, roadways and common areas that are an integral part of the all-inclusive training complex comprised of the fields, housing, meeting and dining amenities that make Dodgertown so unique.
Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Turfgrass Management from Mississippi State University, Keith started his career as a Golf Course Superintendent, being not only involved with day-to-day playing conditions, but managing renovation and construction projects for golf courses and serving two stints as General Manager in addition to his turfgrass duties.
Smith and his wife, Karen, have four children, Tyler, Chase, Sara and Katie.
Vice President, Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida
Steve Snure just reached his 25th year at the Historic Dodgertown facility. Snure was hired in 1988 as the Executive Chef for the Conference Center at Dodgertown. He served in that capacity until the closing of the facility in 2008 when the Los Angeles Dodgers moved their Spring Training headquarters to Arizona.
When Minor League Baseball leased the facility from Indian River County to reopen it in 2009, Snure was among the first to be called to come back to work. He was hired to become the Operations Manager of the facility which includes the entire Conference Center – housekeeping, kitchen, dining room, lounge, and maintenance departments. Steve was named Vice President April 1, 2015.
Steve is married to his wife Helga and they have two sons, David and Christopher and two grandsons Alex and Dawson.