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July 29, 2017
Historic Dodgertown congratulates Rachel Robinson on being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
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, a non-profit organization, which provides college scholarships and leadership training. To date, more than 1,500 scholars have benefited from the $70 million in program assistance and with a nearly 100 percent graduation rate.
She met Jackie in 1940 when they were students at UCLA and they were married in 1946. Jackie was the first African American player to play Major League Baseball and it was for the Dodgers in 1947. In 1948, when Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida was established, Jackie played in the Dodgers’ first major league exhibition game, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. Dodgertown became MLB’s first integrated Spring Training site in the South. Rachel always supported Jackie, despite the extreme prejudice he endured, during his 10 seasons with the Dodgers. Rachel is an activist for civil rights, just as her husband was until his passing at age 53 in 1972.
Last April, groundbreaking took place for the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City, to fulfil Rachel’s vision and to continue sharing his story as an American hero with future generations.
Hall of Fame Chair Jane Forbes Clark said, “Rachel Robinson has worked tirelessly to raise the level of equality not only in baseball, but throughout society. Through her grace, dignity and unsurpassed spirit, she continues to show the value, decency and importance of inclusiveness. She personifies the strength and character of Buck O’Neil, and on behalf of our Board of Directors, we are very happy and honored to bestow upon her this prestigious award.”
Congratulations, Rachel on a job well done!
About Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida
“A Florida Heritage Landmark”
World-famous Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida’s Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley in a partnership since 2012. O’Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as “Dodgertown” for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O’Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
On November 10, 2014, Historic Dodgertown was named a Florida Heritage Landmark for its unique historic significance extending beyond baseball, as the first completely integrated Spring Training site in the South. The “Baseball and Dodgertown” historical marker is located at the entrance to the conference center.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 130 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse.
Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It’s the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars.
Continuing its tradition since 1983, the Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp returned to Historic Dodgertown in November, 2014. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.
Ruth Ruiz, Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida, (772) 257-8532