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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 her own dormitory wing and slept in a bed once assigned to team captain Pee Wee Reese. Later in Los Angeles, she served as a pinch-hitter for O’Malley in the office, acting as his secretary.
Dodgertown was a like a second home to Terry, who spent many spring vacations there and even held a family reunion on site.
When the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first World Championship in Yankee Stadium in 1955 in seven games, her joy was so great in the postgame celebration, tears were flowing down her face. A Yankee Stadium usher, presuming she was another sad Yankee fan, tried to console her by telling her there would be other years for the Yankees to win a World Series.
Beginning in 1978, Terry served as a director on the Los Angeles Dodgers Board of Directors. She was named Board Secretary in 1981 and continued in that role through 1998. When her mother and father passed away in 1979, she and her brother Peter shared ownership of the Dodgers.
In 2008, after the Dodgers’ final Spring Training, the team moved its spring headquarters to Glendale, AZ and Dodgertown was shuttered. Minor League Baseball reactivated the site as a multi-sport camp the next year. When Dodgertown was about to be shuttered for a second time in 2011, Peter and Terry, along with Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo, stepped in to preserve its iconic stature. The O’Malley family has been involved in developing, expanding, maintaining and modernizing the now 80-acre property since it first opened.
On Opening Day 2012 at Dodger Stadium, Terry was selected by the Dodgers to throw the ceremonial first pitch, accompanied to the mound by her brother, Peter. The enthusiastic sellout crowd cheered as she threw a strike to Hall of Fame Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda. That was 50 years to the day when their mother, Kay, threw the ceremonial first pitch to break the seal on Dodger Stadium’s first game.
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