- March 31, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. (March 31, 2017) — On March 31, 1948, baseball legend Jackie Robinson made his Dodgertown debut and the major league Dodgers held their first spring training game on this historic property.
To commemorate this day in history, more than 60 fourth grade students from Dodgertown Elementary School in Vero Beach visited Historic Dodgertown today for an interactive history lesson, which included welcome messages by City and County officials and the District School Superintendent, plus an outdoor scavenger hunt to further the students’ education.
The theme for the morning was Robinson’s famous quote: “A... Read more >
- March 24, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. (March 24, 2017) — Historic Dodgertown’s fields and facilities are becoming well-known in the sport of rugby.
Recently the Yale University Men’s Rugby Team traveled from New Haven, Conn. And exchanged cloudy, 40-degree weather for Vero Beach’s sunny skies and mild 70’s temperatures for their spring training practice, and were impressed with fields, climate and overall stay.
“The pitch is probably the best in the United States,” said Nicolas Wicaksono, team spokesperson. “I’d been here with ATAVUS Rugby last fall and was... Read more >
- March 17, 2017
The 70th anniversary of Jackie’s contribution to sports and society honored in fourth annual game, benefitting United Way of Indian River County
Vero Beach, FL (March 17, 2017) — Historic Dodgertown and United Way of Indian River County are pleased to announce the fourth annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game will take place on Saturday evening, April 15 at Holman Stadium. Tickets for this popular game will go on sale March 23 at multiple locations, and the event is expected to sell out.
This year the St. Lucie Mets will play the Kissimmee Florida Fire Frogs, formerly known as the... Read more >
- February 23, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2017) — It's a four-sport weekend at Historic Dodgertown.
For the first time in Dodgertown's 70-year history, baseball, softball, rugby and lacrosse teams take to the fields over the same weekend.
This weekend’s teams are:
ATAVUS/USA Girls Rugby BSE Agency, Inc and CRBL - boys baseball from Quebec, Canada JUCO Crossover Softball Red Water Lacrosse Historic Dodgetown Baseball Classic featuring the University of Pittsburgh and Siena College
Historic Dodgertown’s 80-acre property boasts 10 full fields and one half-field, batting cages and locker... Read more >
- February 16, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2017) – More than 1,300 athletes ages 9 to 18 representing 87 teams, plus coaches, families and friends from 12 states and Canada, will meet in Vero Beach this weekend for Historic Dodgertown’s annual Treasure Coast Presidents’ Day Challenge tournament.
The Treasure Coast Presidents’ Day Challenge, co-sponsored by the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, kicks off the busy spring sports season at Historic Dodgertown. The tournament’s size and scope expands to games also being played at South County Regional Park as well as Lakewood and Lawnwood Park in St. Lucie County.
Historic... Read more >
- February 14, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2017) — Randy “Handsome Ransom” Jackson, who played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1956-58, will make his first visit to Historic Dodgertown since his playing days, on Saturday, Feb. 18. Ransom, who turned 91 on Feb. 10, will take a walk down memory lane, and share those memories with Historic Dodgertown visitors and Presidents’ Day Tournament participants.
Jackson recently published an autobiographical memoir in which he chronicles his life from growing up in Arkansas to being signed to take over for Jackie Robinson, only to quickly discover nobody replaces a legend... Read more >
- February 01, 2017
VERO BEACH, FL (Feb. 1, 2017) —The SK Wyverns return to Historic Dodgertown, making this the sixth consecutive year the team has held their Spring Training in Vero Beach. The team’s Spring Training opens today.
The Wyverns of the professional Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) recently introduced American Trey Hillman as the team’s field manager. This is Hillman’s first season managing in the KBO. His previous managerial experience was with the Kansas City Royals (2008-2010), and the Japanese Professional Baseball Pacific League Nippon Ham Fighters (2003-2007). Hillman also coached for the Los Angeles... Read more >
- January 31, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 31, 2017) — Campo Las Palmas, the state-of-the-art baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, privately created and built by former Dodger President Peter O’Malley, turns 30 this year.
Today, the world-famous baseball academy is being re-dedicated, having just completed a major renovation by the Dodger organization.
On March 20, 1987, O’Malley, Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda, “The Rifleman” star actor and former Dodger Chuck Connors, Dodger stars Pedro Guerrero, Alejandro Pena and Mariano Duncan, executives Al Campanis and Fred Claire and longtime Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin led a delegation from Dodgertown,... Read more >
- January 20, 2017
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2017) — Historic Dodgertown is pleased to introduce a retro line of merchandise featuring the Vero Beach Dodgers logo.
A fitted blue baseball cap will be introduced this Saturday at the Bark in the Park event at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. The caps, in two sizes, will be available for sale at Historic Dodgertown’s booth. Additional Vero Beach Dodgers merchandise is being added to Historic Dodgertown’s gift items. The cap is also available for purchase in the Historic Dodgertown gift shops and online.
In addition, at... Read more >
- January 13, 2017
Since its inception in 1997, every umpire hired by Major League Baseball has come through the Minor League Baseball Umpire Development system
VERO BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2017) — More than 80 men and one woman are learning the rules of the game of baseball and practicing calling balls and strikes at the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Umpire Training Academy, currently taking place at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, through the end of January.
The MiLB Umpire Academy is the country’s only all-inclusive program, preparing aspiring umpiring professionals on the technical side – and nuances -... Read more >