Historic Dodgertown was once a Naval Air Station
According to author George W. Gross, the U.S. Naval Air Station, Vero Beach, Florida was commissioned on Nov. 24, 1942 “to provide a Navy and Marine flight training base for over 2,700 men and 300 WAVES and women Marines. The purpose of the NAS was constantly revised from originally training dive bomber pilots to daytime pilots and ultimately to nighttime fighter pilots.”
On May 10, 1946 the City of Vero Beach receives the land and training facility back from the U.S. Government.
In 1947, Vero Beach Airport Director Bud Holman invites the Dodgers to look at the Naval Air Base property and the possibility of converting it to a Spring Training facility to house and train the Dodgers and their 26 minor league teams in a self-contained camp setting.
In 1948, the Dodgers opened camp at Dodgertown.
Nearly 70 years later, Historic Dodgertown is a world-famous training site, and conference and event center.
Happy birthday, Navy, and we thank the current sailors and veterans for their service!
Photo caption: the original Fields 1, 2 and the Strings pitching mounds at Historic Dodgertown are original to the property.
To learn more, please visit http://www.HistoricDodgertown/History