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  • June 22, 2018

    Legends Classic youth baseball tournament coming to Historic Dodgertown this weekend

    More than 30 youth baseball teams from Florida and Georgia will take to the fields this weekend, as Historic Dodgertown hosts its annual Legends Classic tournament.

    Historic Dodgertown tournaments offer an experience to young ballplayers not found elsewhere, plus the convenience of staying, training and playing on the famed campus, where hotel rooms, recreation and fields are just steps away from each other.

    The same fields played on by tournament participants were used by 60 years of Dodger baseball players and more than 150 Hall of Famers have played on and visited the 80-acre campus, once the Spring... Read more >

  • June 20, 2018

    Retired NL umpire Dutch Rennert remembered by his Historic Dodgertown friends

    The O’Malley family and longtime Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach employees express their sadness on the passing of Laurence “Dutch” Rennert, a former National League umpire for 20 seasons and an “off-season” Vero Beach resident, last Sunday. He and his wife, Shirley, had just recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. From 1962 on, Rennert worked countless minor league game and Spring Training games at Dodgertown as he worked his way up the umpiring ladder.

    “Our family always appreciated Dutch’s work ethic, dedication and professionalism,” said Peter O’Malley,... Read more >

  • June 08, 2018

    Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach represented in 2018 Major League Baseball Draft

    Twelve players selected in the June 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft this week spent recent summers at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach participating in the Elite Development Invitational (EDI) camps hosted at the famed sports campus.

    The EDI camps welcome boys ages 12-18 for an authentic baseball spring training-like experience. The same fields, clubhouse, dining room, sleeping rooms and recreational amenities enjoyed by 60 years of Dodger baseball are open to the boys for a fully-immersive experience. Approximately 40 former Major League players coach the boys from the fields, batting cages, weight rooms and meeting sessions.

    The... Read more >

  • June 05, 2018

    Minor League Baseball to Host Third Annual FIELD Program at Historic Dodgertown

    Diverse group of students to receive professional instruction and learn about the business of baseball at former Spring Training home of Jackie Robinson

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced that its FIELD (Fostering Inclusion through Education and Leadership Development) Program will take place at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida, the former Spring Training home of Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers, from June 4-9.

    Twenty-nine students and recent graduates will participate in this year’s event as part of Minor League Baseball’s Diversity... Read more >

  • May 16, 2018

    Happy birthday, Terry O'Malley Seidler

    Today all of Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach congratulates Terry O’Malley Seidler on her 85th birthday!

    Terry has been a frequent visitor to the Dodgertown campus since its beginning in 1948. In 1954, when her father, Walter O’Malley, established a Dodgertown Summer Camp for Boys, ages 12-16, in Vero Beach, Florida, he asked 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... Read more >

  • May 15, 2018

    Building goodwill in sports, in any language - China Softball and Your Call Football

    A common language exists in sports, even when athletes gather together from across the world.

    In the spirit goodwill, Historic Dodgertown recently invited members of the China Women’s National Softball Team and from Your Call Football together for a photo shoot. Both teams have been staying, training and playing games at the famed campus.

    Respect, friendship and good-natured fun was clearly seen and experienced, both in front of and behind the camera.

    Building goodwill through sports. That’s been a hallmark of Dodgertown’s legacy since opening in 1948.

    ... Read more >

  • May 04, 2018

    Dodgers in Mexico - Historic Dodgertown Remembrances

    The Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series tonight in Monterrey, Mexico against the San Diego Padres. It was 27 years ago that the Dodgers’ split squad traveled from Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, FL to play two exhibition games in Monterrey.

    On March 16, 1991, the Dodgers beat the Mexican All-Star team (Industriales), 3-1 and followed that with a game against the Milwaukee Brewers featuring star left-hander and Mexico native Fernando Valenzuela against southpaw Teddy Higuera, also from Mexico. That contest was billed as “Duelo de Titanes.” The Dodgers and Fernando beat the Brewers, 6-1, before 29,000... Read more >

  • April 18, 2018

    On the passing of First Lady Barbara Bush

    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

    Dodgertown's first game - March 31, 1948

    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

    Walter O’Malley autographed baseball sells at auction for $28,096

    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 >

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