FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 06, 2018
Statement from Chairman Peter O’Malley on the passing of Senichi Hoshino
Historic Dodgertown offers condolences on the passing of Japanese baseball great Senichi Hoshino.
Mr. Hoshino was a 2017 Japan Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. A total of 17 Japan Baseball Hall of Famers have trained and/or visited Historic Dodgertown — Vero Beach, Florida.
Historic Dodgertown Chairman Peter O’Malley offers the following statement:
“Baseball fans in Japan have lost one of their most popular players, managers and commentators with the passing of Senichi Hoshino,” said Peter O’Malley, owner, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1970-1998. “My earliest recollection of him is when he very successfully pitched for the Chunichi Dragons against the Yomiuri Giants in the 1970’s. After he retired as a player, he was by my side in Tianjin, China when we opened the Dodger Goodwill Baseball Field at Tianjin University in 1986. He was a lifetime friend and I have great memories of when, under his leadership, he brought the Dragons to Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida in 1988 for spring training. I will miss talking international baseball with him and my thoughts are with his family.”
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