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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 a game until Ron Necciai fanned 27 in a game. A few years ago, Lasorda estimated his pitch count for the game was over 300 pitches in the start.
Lasorda, inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, won two World Championships as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981 and 1988. He has traveled the world promoting the game of baseball and he managed the USA baseball team to a gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
His presence at Historic Dodgertown started in 1949 and he has been there as a player, instructor, minor league manager, major league coach, major league manager, and executive with the Dodgers. His former office at Dodgertown and a street, “Tommy Lasorda Lane,” has been named for him here.
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