A Florida Heritage Landmark
Historic Dodgertown


Historic Dodgertown News Release

April 18, 2018

On the passing of First Lady Barbara Bush

Everyone at Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida expresses their condolences to the Bush family on the passing of much respected First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed on April 17. This Saturday, April 21, a service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for her life will be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston. Historic Dodgertown Chairman Peter O’Malley and his wife, Annette, were invited and will attend the service. Mrs. Bush and President George H.W. Bush celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary last January.

“It was baseball that brought the Bush and O’Malley families together,” said O’Malley. “Annette and I have been fortunate to have their friendship over many years. Barbara was an inspiration for millions around the world and I have the greatest admiration for her. We send our deepest sympathy to this extraordinary family.”

Baseball has a long thread in the Bush family history. President H.W. Bush was captain of the Yale baseball team, which played in the championships of the 1947 College World Series. That season, President Bush also played in the same game as Vin Scully, the longtime Dodgers’ beloved baseball broadcaster, when Yale hosted Fordham. Scully was an outfielder for Fordham and Bush was the Yale first baseman. The Bush family has visited Dodgertown on numerous occasions.

In 1989, George W. Bush became managing general partner and an owner of the Texas Rangers. First Lady Barbara Bush threw the ceremonial first pitch at the May 5, 1989 Rangers’ game. President H.W. Bush and Mrs. Bush frequently attended Houston Astros games in their hometown. Mrs. Bush always kept a scorebook at the baseball games. She was a Little League parent-volunteer.

On July 16, 1994, Peter O’Malley sat with Mr. and Mrs. Bush for the spectacular Three Tenors Concert at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, the night before the World Cup finals.


April 16, 2007 – Historic Dodgertown Chairman Peter O’Malley (far right) and his wife, Annette (far left) visit with former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush in Houston at the 24th Little League International Congress. Mr. and Mrs. Bush were honored by the organization as the “First Family of Little League.”


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