- 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 >
- July 25, 2017
#OTD, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida celebrates the birthday of Marv Rackley, the former Dodger outfielder, who has something very much in common with Jackie Robinson. They both made their major league debuts on April 15, 1947 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn. Robinson was the first baseman and Rackley served as a pinch-runner in the sixth inning. Rackley is the oldest living Dodger at a youthful 96.
In 1946, Rackley also played with Robinson for the Triple-A Montreal Royals of the International League. The Royals won the International League Governors’ Cup and the Junior World Series, as Rackley batted .305 and had a... Read more >
- July 19, 2017
VERO BEACH, Florida (July 19, 2017) - Today, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida congratulates Rachel Robinson on her milestone 95th birthday! Although her husband, Jackie, may be best known as “the first” African American to play Major League Baseball for the Dodgers in 1947, Rachel is also a pioneer and civil rights activist.
She was always by Jackie’s side during his good times and, more importantly, the difficult times when racial prejudice led to catcalls, relentless insults, white-only accommodations and even death threats. She bolstered his spirits, provided love and support while encouraging him to... Read more >
- July 14, 2017
Week One of Baseball (Ages 13-14) Features Appx. 130 Amateur Players with Diverse Backgrounds Learning from Former Major League Players and Coaches in a Spring Training-Environment Schedule Includes Player Workouts, Games and Special Presentations by Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and Former Major League Manager Bo Porter Details for Week Two of Baseball (Ages 15-17), Including a Visit by Commissioner Rob Manfred, And Softball Week (Ages 18u) to be Announced at a Later Date
Below are details for Week One of Baseball during the third annual Elite Development... Read more >
- July 12, 2017
VERO BEACH, Florida (July 12, 2017) - On this date in 2002, Akihiro “Ike” Ikuhara, who made significant contributions to the Dodgers’ many international, amateur and professional baseball relationships and exchanges for Dodger President Peter O’Malley, was posthumously inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame.
On field ceremonies were held at the 2012 Japanese League All-Star Game at the Tokyo Dome. O’Malley, along with Dodger Executive Vice President and General Manager Dan Evans and Dodger Director of Asian Operations and Ikuhara’s son-in-law Acey Kohrogi attended the ceremonies. Other family members present... Read more >
- July 04, 2017
Visit continues Historic Dodgertown’s legacy of promoting international goodwill through baseball
VERO BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 2017) — The sun wasn’t even up yet when a group of 11 boys and girls (ages 9 to 12) from the Suzhou Amigo Baseball Club, together with their coaches and chaperones, arrived at Historic Dodgertown to begin an exciting two week trip to the United States.
Upon arrival, the team members checked into their rooms, got a bit of sleep, and were soon up for lunch and a tour of Historic Dodgertown to learn about the baseball... Read more >
- July 04, 2017
Peter O’Malley’s first visit to Beijing, China was in February 1980 to meet with All-China Sports Federation representatives.
O’Malley is currently the Chairman of Historic Dodgertown
July 24 – August 5, 1980 – Five representatives of the People’s Republic of China were invited guests of Peter O’Malley to observe baseball at Dodger Stadium and in Southern California. The group made their visit during the Dodgers’ final July homestand. It is the first time that officials from China representing the sport of baseball... Read more >
- July 02, 2017
July 2, 2017
Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida's Independence Day Tournament continues today! Did You Know ... the Strings area behind Field 2 are original to the property, which opened in 1948. A permanent row of pitching mounds was used for Dodgers pitchers to throw to an outline of the strike zone, with the outline made of string. Yesterday this young player was practicing his swing into the net, but for 60 years, Dodger pitchers would throw off the mounds here at the Strings on their way to the Major Leagues.... Read more >
- July 01, 2017
As an idea to utilize Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida year-round, Dodger President Walter O’Malley established the “Dodgertown Summer Camp for Boys,” which had its first session from July 1-August 25, 1954.
When the Dodgertown Camp for Boys began it was designed to be an all-sports camp, promising an opportunity to receive instruction in baseball and a variety of recreational activities, including swimming, tennis, fishing, basketball and shuffleboard, all while living on base in the same barracks utilized by Dodger players, coaches and staff during Spring Training activities. Nearly 200 boys from around the country attended... Read more >
- June 29, 2017
Letter writing opportunity to support Operation Gratitude available during the holiday tournament
VERO BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2017) – Youth baseball teams will celebrate this holiday weekend, July 1-4, by playing in Historic Dodgertown’s Independence Day Tournament. The teams, from as far as Indiana, Georgia and throughout Florida, represent players from 12U to 18U.
Historic Dodgertown is also pleased to support Operation Gratitude and offer participants and guests a letter writing opportunity during the tournament, which will be delivered to troops serving our country.
Tables will be set up between... Read more >