Take a look back at Dodgertown, one of the most iconic Spring Training facilities
Take a look back at the iconic Dodgertown
For six decades, the Dodgers descended onto Vero Beach, Fla. every Spring. From 1948 to 2008, Dodgertown was perhaps the most famous of MLB Spring Training locations. As games get underway this week -- though there won't be any at Holman Stadium this Grapefruit League season -- it's a perfect time to revist Dodgertown.
Even back then, it was an expansive complex:
It was quite popular, too. Here's a shot of either the Dodgers or a small army:
A man named Sandy Koufax spent 12 springs at Dodgertown:
Fun fact: When Brooklyn first moved into Dodgertown, the New York Daily News gave the facilities a rave review: "The kitchen and equipment room are first class."
Here's Tommy Lasorda in what we like to call the Tommy Lasorda mobile.
Of course, Holman Stadium's open-air dugouts let fans get up-close and personal:
And where else will you get views like this?
After 60 years, the Dodgers moved their Spring Training operations to Arizona in 2009.
But Dodgertown is still active. After a brief period as Vero Beach Sports Village, it was rechristened "Historic Dodgertown -- Vero Beach, Florida" in 2013 and hosts youth and amateur sporting events -- and even Minor League Baseball's The Umpire School. The complex maintains a Dodgers connection as well: Both Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo were founding partners of the new Historic Dodgertown.