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Historic Dodgertown officially becomes landmark location

Historic Marker copy

Today is the start of the annual Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp at Vero Beach’s Historic Dodgertown  — which, in other news, will be made an official Florida Heritage Landmark on Monday.

Former Dodger owner and Historic Dodgertown chairman Peter O’Malley will participate in ceremonies along with Tommy Lasorda.

“This recognition is appropriate because of Historic Dodgertown’s significance in baseball history,” O’Malley said in a statement. “It truly is unique and we appreciate the efforts of all those involved to gain this special designation.”

Added Ruth Stanbridge, Indian River County historian and former county commissioner: “For years as the County Historian, I had wanted to write the perfect historic marker for Dodgertown. It was to reflect on how our WWII training fields had been turned into a ‘field of dreams’ for decades of young men of all races who only wanted to play baseball.”

– Jon Weisman

Dodgers’ former Spring Training home renamed ‘Historic Dodgertown’

Peter O’Malley today said he has signed a licensing agreement enabling the Dodgers’ former Spring Training home, in recent years called the Vero Beach Sports Village, to be known as Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach, Florida.

“We appreciate the extraordinary cooperation of Dodger president Stan Kasten and the Dodger organization in recognizing the significance of this unique site,” O’Malley, the former Dodger owner and president said in a statement. “We also are grateful to Major League Baseball for working with us, perpetuating the history and tradition of Historic Dodgertown and what it has meant to the game for decades.”

In 2001, Indian River County purchased the land and buildings from the Dodgers, but since 2009, after the Dodgers moved their Spring Training to Arizona, the facility has been used for tournaments, camps and the like. A partnership including O’Malley, Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park saved the facility from extinction in 2012, even expanding facilities there. Their lease agreement with Indian River County runs through April 2019.

“We have plans for more ways to utilize this amazing facility year-round,”said Craig Callan, who arrived at Dodgertown in August 1978 to manage the sports and conference center, and now directs the day-to-day activities as Historic Dodgertown vice president.


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