- October 11, 2017
PETER O’MALLEY AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CONTINUING DISCUSSIONS FOR FUTURE OF HISTORIC DODGERTOWN – VERO BEACH
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2017) — Peter O’Malley, Chairman, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, confirmed today that he is in discussions with Major League Baseball about the future of the world-famous training site. The story was first reported by columnist Larry Reisman on TCPalm.com last night.
“I am optimistic that Major League Baseball (MLB) will follow me and become responsible for Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach moving forward,” said O’Malley, longtime former President and owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“The Vero Beach community has long... Read more >
- October 09, 2017
Historic Dodgertown mourns the passing of former Little League Baseball President Dr. Creighton Hale
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2017) — Dr. Creighton Hale, the longtime Little League President and CEO, passed away last night. A frequent visitor to Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, Dr. Hale played a significant role in the growth of youth baseball internationally. He attended numerous exhibition games and St. Patrick’s Day parties at Dodgertown. Dr. Hale’s many friends in Vero Beach mourn his passing.
Historic Dodgertown Chairman Peter O’Malley, a longtime Little League Foundation Trustee and President of the Little League Foundation from 1991-2002, said, “My father and I had... Read more >
- October 08, 2017
October 8, 1957 – On this date, Walter O’Malley announced the stockholders of the Dodger organization had approved and would accept an invitation to relocate to the city of Los Angeles. In terms of being a game changer, this changed a lot of games. Within 11 years, the state of California in 1957 that had no Major League Baseball teams, would have five teams at the start of the 1969 season. Sports Illustrated magazine in 2004 would rank the re-location of the Dodgers to Los Angeles and the Giants to San Francisco as the second most significant tipping point in... Read more >
- September 29, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2017) — The Beijing Shougang Eagles, the Chinese national women’s fast-pitch softball team, opened their fall training camp at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, and will train here through Nov. 22 in preparation for their upcoming season, and with the long term goal to compete in the 2020 Olympic Games.
The Eagles just completed their inaugural season of playing in the summer U.S. National Pro Fastpitch League. The NPF is the only professional women’s softball league in the United States, and features six teams.
Head coach Teresa Wilson... Read more >
- 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 >