- April 18, 2018
Everyone at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida expresses their condolences to the Bush family on the passing of much respected First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed on April 17. This Saturday, April 21, a service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for her life will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Historic Dodgertown Chairman Peter O’Malley and his wife, Annette, were invited and will attend the service. Mrs. Bush and President George H.W. Bush celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary last January.
“It was baseball that brought the Bush and O&rsquo... Read more >
- March 31, 2018
Historic Dodgertown celebrates today, March 31, as the 70th anniversary of the first game ever played by major league Dodgers at their historic Spring Training site!
In 1948, Dodgertown first opened as a Spring Training camp for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Not only did Dodgertown provide sufficient training facilities for their approximately 600 players in camp, it attained American civil rights history as the first integrated Spring Training headquarters in the South where all players lived and dined together in the same place.
The Dodger minor league players had already been at the base, getting ready for... Read more >
- March 24, 2018
A rare baseball single-signed by former Dodgers president Walter O’Malley has sold at auction for $28,096 to an undisclosed buyer. The auction was handled by Lelands Auction House, and the remarkable baseball is in excellent condition.
The online auction took place last night with 34 bids recorded.
Walter O’Malley, who passed away in 1979, rarely signed baseballs so finding a baseball with his autograph, in this condition, is uncommon.
Lelands, founded in 1969, is one of the largest and most respected Auction House in the world. In just the past five years alone,... Read more >
- March 20, 2018
Historic Dodgertown Vice President Craig Callan announced today he is retiring after his 40-year career. Callan began his career April 25, 1978 and will be retiring four decades to the day that he started his first job at the world-famous training and conference center.
“I have loved representing the Dodgers in Vero Beach and Indian River County,” said Callan. “Working for the O’Malley family gave me the opportunity to interact with other community leaders and serve on numerous boards while overseeing my various responsibilities at Dodgertown. Retiring gives me the opportunity to spend quality... Read more >
- March 11, 2018
Iconic Historic Dodgertown stadium continues to welcomes hundreds of games and events each year
It was 65 years ago today that Dodgers President Walter O’Malley stood at home plate to open the newly constructed, 5,000-seat stadium at Dodgertown, named for local businessman and Airport Director Bud Holman.
Holman Stadium opened to great fanfare and celebration. An overflow crowd of 5,532 filled the stands at Holman Stadium for the opening ceremony honoring the man responsible for bringing the Dodgers to Vero Beach.
Ironically, at that time the ballpark had more seats than Vero Beach... Read more >
- March 07, 2018
Historic Dodgertown is pleased to welcome the return of the Chinese National Women’s fast-pitch softball team, the Beijing Eagles, as they train for the 2018 season in the National Pro Fastpitch League.
The Eagles, led by head coach Teresa Wilson, trained this past fall at Historic Dodgertown and over the winter competed in the Asian Games where they qualified for the World Championships in Japan next August, and finished third in the Asian-Pacific Games behind Japan and Australia.
Their regular season in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) begins mid-May. The League consists of... Read more >
- March 05, 2018
#OTD March 5, 1997 - WELCOME TO THE HALL, TOMMY LASORDA! Former Dodger Manager #TommyLasorda accepts a phone call in the Holman Stadium press box and it is there that he is told he has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Lasorda said, “It’s the most precious day of my life. I’m overwhelmed. I can’t believe this happened to me at this point of time.”
Dick Crago, the public address announcer for Holman Stadium, told the crowd of the event as it made Dodgertown... Read more >
- February 26, 2018
From raising the first banner in 1948, to six World Championship teams and 60 years of Dodger baseball, to the thousands of pro, amateur and youth teams and corporate groups that use the campus today, the memories from Historic Dodgertown can more than fill a stadium.
Historic Dodgertown is pleased to announce its 70th anniversary this year, and to celebrate is introducing a special edition anniversary logo, offering tours and more.
When first opened, Dodgertown executives Walter O’Malley and Branch Rickey transformed the former Naval Air Station to Major League Baseball’s first fully-integrated... Read more >
- February 19, 2018
President’s Day at Historic Dodgertown is a special day for the first major youth baseball tournament to be played in Vero Beach, Florida in 2018. Everywhere else, President’s Day is an American national holiday to honor the 44 persons elected to 45 terms as United States President (Grover Cleveland was elected twice to one term). Through the years, American Presidents have been involved with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers on many occasions from FDR to Clinton as evidenced by photos and correspondence.
FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT--Franklin Delano Roosevelt campaigned for the Presidency of the United... Read more >
- February 15, 2018
Youth baseball season opens at Historic Dodgertown this weekend, with nearly 1,200 athletes ages 9 to 18 set to take the fields and play ball at the Treasure Coast Presidents’ Day Challenge!
The Presidents’ Day Challenge, co-sponsored by the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, has expanded to games being played off-site at South County Park in Vero Beach, plus Lawnwood and Lakewood parks in Fort Pierce. The schedule of games can be found by clicking here.
This tournament features teams from 11 states and Canada, and kicks off Historic Dodgertown’s busy spring sports season.... Read more >