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August 31, 2017
Happy Birthday to Historic Dodgertown Founding Partner Hideo Nomo
Historic Dodgertown today, Aug. 31, celebrates the birthday of Hideo Nomo.
Hideo Nomo, a founding partner of Historic Dodgertown, was born August 31 in 1968 and his baseball career is filled with achievements. Nomo was the first Japan born player in 30 years to play in the major leagues when he signed with the Dodgers in 1995. His incredible pitching in the first half of the season led him to be named the starting pitcher for the National League in the 1995 All-Star Game. He finished his first major league season by helping the Dodgers to a Western Division title and he was named the 1995 National League Rookie of the Year. His popularity was such in Japan his games were televised live in Japan, and TV screens were available on public street corners so fans could see him win in the major leagues.
Nomo’s pioneer efforts for Japan natives to play in the major leagues has led the way for 54 others to play baseball in the United States. He pitched a no-hitter for the Dodgers in 1996 in Coors Field in Colorado, the only time that has been accomplished. In 2001, with the Boston Red Sox, he no-hit the Baltimore Orioles in Camden Yards, becoming the fourth pitcher in major league history to pitch a no-hitter in both leagues following Cy Young, Jim Bunning, and Nolan Ryan. Randy Johnson later followed Nomo as the fifth pitcher to throw a no-hitter in each league.
Nomo was a standout as an amateur player and pitched for the silver medal Japan team in the 1988 Olympics. He signed a contract for the Kintetsu Buffalos and quickly became one of the leading pitchers in Japan. For his performance in the Japan Leagues, Nomo was elected to the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame as the youngest player ever and only the third player to be elected to their Hall of Fame in his first year.
Following his playing career, he has been involved in amateur baseball in Japan and is currently with the San Diego Padres in a role to emphasize Asia in player development.
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