A Florida Heritage Landmark
Historic Dodgertown


Historic Dodgertown News Release

March 05, 2018



Former Dodger Manager #TommyLasorda accepts a phone call in the Holman Stadium press box and it is there that he is told he has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Lasorda said, “It’s the most precious day of my life. I’m overwhelmed. I can’t believe this happened to me at this point of time.”

Dick Crago, the public address announcer for Holman Stadium, told the crowd of the event as it made Dodgertown history. Lasorda spoke of his admiration for Dodger President Peter O’Malley. “I want to thank Peter O’Malley. It’s a privilege and an honor to have been the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

O’Malley then retired Lasorda’s number and named the road to enter Dodgertown, “Tommy Lasorda Lane.” Lasorda said of the street designation in Dodgertown. “When you want to meet someone there, tell them to meet you at the corner of Jackie Robinson Avenue and Tommy Lasorda Lane.”

The Hall of Fame celebration included the Lasorda family restaurant in Exton, Pennsylvania. “You should see it here,” said Harry Lasorda. “This place has been buzzing all day long. I can hardly talk. I still can’t believe it. The Hall of Fame. The greatest ballplayers in the world are there. And now, so is my brother.”

Said then-current Dodger manager Bill Russell of the moment, “His record speaks for itself. He never tried to get the credit. He just went out and did his job. If you thought he wasn’t a good manager, this proves that he was.”

Said Mike Piazza of his former manager, “I think his baseball knowledge and expertise is underrated because of how flamboyant and knowledgeable he is. It’s good not only what he has accomplished as a manager, but what he’s done for the game. He’s devoted his entire life to baseball.”

Lasorda concluded by saying, “I’ve accomplished everything I wanted to. I’ve managed 20 years. I’ve managed world championship teams. I’ve managed All-Star Games. I’ve managed the greatest players who ever played the game of baseball. I’ve achieved everything, but to achieve something like this is the epitome of it all. I remember coming here for the first time in 1949. There were 780 players in camp. There were 26 farm teams. And there were 50 free agents. I outlasted every one of them in that camp. And now I’m a Hall of Famer. I can’t believe it.”


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