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August 30, 2018
Remembering Ted Williams on the anniversary of his birthdate
Today, we remember Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, considered one of the greatest players in baseball history, on this the 100th Anniversary of his birth. Known as “The Splendid Splinter,” the 19-time American League All-Star played 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox.
Williams visited Dodgertown, Vero Beach, Florida as Manager of the Washington Senators each spring from 1969-1971 and as a guest. His last appearance was on March 3, 2000.
That’s when Dodger Vice President Tommy Lasorda invited him to meet the team and share some batting tips prior to the Dodgers’ exhibition opener against Houston. The 81-year-old Williams visited in a wheelchair, but spent more than 30 minutes in the Dodger clubhouse, sharing insights, giving demonstrations and enthusiastically answering questions.
On March 14, 1970, Dodger President Walter O’Malley encouraged National League umpire Al Barlick to allow Bruce Froemming, then a minor league umpire, to work behind home plate for a 1970 major league exhibition game at Holman Stadium. After that game, Washington Manager Williams gave Froemming a glowing recommendation for his excellent work. Froemming joined the National League umpiring staff the following year and completed 37 years on the job through 2007.
During Williams’ March 12, 1969 visit to Dodgertown for an exhibition game at Holman Stadium as Senators Manager, Williams said to newspapermen, “This is the nicest camp I’ve seen (in Spring Training). This place has character.”
Caption: Dodger Manager Walter Alston chats with Washington Senators Manager Ted Williams on March 12, 1969 at Holman Stadium, Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida.
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