In celebration of the upcoming National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony weekend (July 22-25), Historic Dodgertown will share highlights of the Dodger inductees and their special connection to this iconic complex. The posts will be made on Historic Dodgertown’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts, as well at http://www.historicdodgertown.com.
Eleven players and executives, plus three broadcasters, were inducted with their Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodger affiliations. Their unique connection to Historic Dodgertown, the Dodgers’ spring training complex from 1948-2008, allowed each of the men to transform their talents on the road to the Hall of Fame.
Since 2012, former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley agreed to be responsible for Dodgertown. Today, Historic Dodgertown hosts hundreds of baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other youth and adult tournaments each year. In addition, professional teams including from the Canadian Football League, Korean Baseball Organization, Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball Organization and the Chinese Professional Baseball League have all traveled to Historic Dodgertown for its pristine fields, major league workout facilities, on-site hotel villa room and recreation amenities, as well as to walk in the footsteps of the Hall of Famers.
On any given day, a young player can pitch from the same mound as Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and Don Sutton, play the infield where Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese turned double-plays, grace centerfield where Duke Snider made spectacular catches, or direct the game from behind the plate, same as Roy Campanella. Coaches can sit in the same spot in the dugout where Tommy Lasorda and Walter Alston managed their teams to championship seasons.
Walter O’Malley and Branch Rickey walked these grounds and sat in the stands, on their way to transforming the game of baseball.
And the voices of Red Barber, Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin echo in the breeze, coming from the press box atop Holman Stadium.
We invite you to join us on this special journey as we highlight 11 Hall of Famers in 11 days. To learn more about Historic Dodgertown, including opportunities to book the facility for sports, conferences and events, please visit www.historicdodgertown.com.