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  • July 14, 2017

    2017 ELITE DEVELOPMENT INVITATIONAL OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY AT HISTORIC DODGERTOWN IN VERO BEACH, FL

    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

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    Below are details for Week One of Baseball during the third annual Elite Development... Read more >

  • July 12, 2017

    On this date 2002: Ike Ikuhara posthumously inducted into Japan Baseball Hall of Fame

    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 >

  • July 04, 2017

    Chinese youth baseball club to train at Historic Dodgertown through July 16

    Visit continues Historic Dodgertown’s legacy of promoting international goodwill through baseball

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 2017) — The sun wasn’t even up yet when a group of 11 boys and girls (ages 9 to 12) from the Suzhou Amigo Baseball Club, together with their coaches and chaperones, arrived at Historic Dodgertown to begin an exciting two week trip to the United States.

    Upon arrival, the team members checked into their rooms, got a bit of sleep, and were soon up for lunch and a tour of Historic Dodgertown to learn about the baseball... Read more >

  • July 04, 2017

    O'Malley, China International Goodwill Through Sports Visits

    Peter O’Malley’s first visit to Beijing, China was in February 1980 to meet with All-China Sports Federation representatives.

    O’Malley is currently the Chairman of Historic Dodgertown

    July 24 – August 5, 1980 – Five representatives of the People’s Republic of China were invited guests of Peter O’Malley to observe baseball at Dodger Stadium and in Southern California. The group made their visit during the Dodgers’ final July homestand. It is the first time that officials from China representing the sport of baseball... Read more >

  • July 02, 2017

    Strings area - original to the property - still used today

    July 2, 2017

    Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida's Independence Day Tournament continues today!  Did You Know ... the Strings area behind Field 2 are original to the property, which opened in 1948. A permanent row of pitching mounds was used for Dodgers pitchers to throw to an outline of the strike zone, with the outline made of string. Yesterday this young player was practicing his swing into the net, but for 60 years, Dodger pitchers would throw off the mounds here at the Strings on their way to the Major Leagues.

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  • July 01, 2017

    Dodgertown Summer Camp for Boys

    As an idea to utilize Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida year-round, Dodger President Walter O’Malley established the “Dodgertown Summer Camp for Boys,” which had its first session from July 1-August 25, 1954.

    When the Dodgertown Camp for Boys began it was designed to be an all-sports camp, promising an opportunity to receive instruction in baseball and a variety of recreational activities, including swimming, tennis, fishing, basketball and shuffleboard, all while living on base in the same barracks utilized by Dodger players, coaches and staff during Spring Training activities. Nearly 200 boys from around the country attended... Read more >

  • June 29, 2017

    Independence Day Tournament at Historic Dodgertown to welcome teams for youth baseball competition

    Letter writing opportunity to support Operation Gratitude available during the holiday tournament

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2017) – Youth baseball teams will celebrate this holiday weekend, July 1-4, by playing in Historic Dodgertown’s Independence Day Tournament. The teams, from as far as Indiana, Georgia and throughout Florida, represent players from 12U to 18U.

    Historic Dodgertown is also pleased to support Operation Gratitude and offer participants and guests a letter writing opportunity during the tournament, which will be delivered to troops serving our country.

    Tables will be set up between... Read more >

  • June 12, 2017

    Historic Dodgertown participant Hunter Greene drafted as No. 2 pick in the first round of MLB Draft

      As a 15-year-old, Greene participated in the first MLB EDI camp held at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida

    VERO BEACH, Fla. (June 12, 2017) — For nearly 70 years, something magical happens when playing at Historic Dodgertown.

    Today, 17-year-old Hunter Greene, an alumni of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association Elite Development Invitational camp held at Historic Dodgertown, was selected as the number two overall pick in the June 2017 MLB Free Agent Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

    In 2015 and as a 15-year-old, Greene traveled from his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif. to... Read more >

  • June 01, 2017

    U.S. Embassy Baseball Exhibit Features Dodgers' 1956 Goodwill Tour to Japan

    Two photographs from the Dodgers’ 1956 Goodwill Tour to Japan will be featured in the United States Embassy’s baseball exhibit, “Pacific Pitch: U.S.-Japan Baseball Diplomacy”, which opened today at the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library and continues through July. 

    The exhibit, which was curated by the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., shows in photographs the longstanding relationship between the two countries dating back to the 1870’s when American teachers and professors introduced baseball to Japan. In 1896, the first international game was played in Japan between Ichiko (the first... Read more >

  • May 31, 2017

    #OTD 1948 - Tommy Lasorda strikes out 25 batters

    On this date, May 31, Historic Dodgertown celebrates one of the greatest pitching feats in baseball history when Tom Lasorda struck out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers in a Canadian-American League game. Theyear was 1948.

    Lasorda, pitching for the Schenectady Blue Jays, an affiliate team of the Philadelphia Phillies, pitched a complete game and also drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning.  He was only 20 years old but clearly remembers the game as a career highlight.  He fanned one Amsterdam hitter six times.  The 25 strikeouts then set a minor league record for most in... Read more >

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