- 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 >
- July 30, 2017
Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach is saddened to learn that Bob Smith, longtime Dodger Vice President, Stadium Operations from 1969 until the end of 1994, has passed. Smith was retired and residing in Old Hickory, TN.
Peter O’Malley’s comment about Bob Smith, former Dodger Vice President, Stadium Operations: “For more than thirty years Bob was responsible for the cleanliness and safety of Dodger Stadium. He set the standard, no one did it better. My thoughts are with his wife, Lucy and family. I've lost a very good friend.”
Bob Smith... Read more >
- July 29, 2017
Rachel Robinson is the recipient of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award” today in Cooperstown, New York. Robinson, the widow of Hall of Fame Dodger Jackie Robinson, is only the fourth recipient of the special award established in 2007 to honor “an individual whose efforts broadened the game’s appeal and whose character, integrity and dignity is comparable to the late O’Neil, who passed away in 2006 after eight decades of contributions to the game.”
In 1973, Rachel Robinson created the Jackie Robinson Foundation,... Read more >
- July 28, 2017
INAUGURAL SOFTBALL ELITE DEVELOPMENT INVITATIONAL OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY AT HISTORIC DODGERTOWN IN VERO BEACH, FL
Week of Softball Features Appx. 85 Participants (18 & under) with Diverse Backgrounds Learning from Former Olympians, USA Softball Players and Coaches in a Spring Training-Environment. Schedule Includes Player Workouts, Exhibition Games and Special Presentation by Softball Legend Jennie Finch
Below are the details for the inaugural Softball Elite Development Invitational (EDI), operated by Major League Baseball and USA Softball, at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. The special event includes approximately 85 amateur softball players (18 and under) with diverse backgrounds in a one-week program geared toward providing elite training and instruction opportunities from former Olympians, USA... Read more >
- 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 >