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LA's old spring home now called 'Historic Dodgertown'

LOS ANGELES -- Former Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, who now runs the legendary Florida complex that for 61 years served as the team's Spring Training site, has changed its name to Historic Dodgertown -- Vero Beach.

O'Malley signed a licensing agreement to allow his partnership to change the name from Vero Beach Sports Village, as it has been called since the Dodgers left for a shared complex with the White Sox in Arizona, Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

"We appreciate the extraordinary cooperation of Dodger President Stan Kasten and the Dodger organization in recognizing the significance of this unique site," said O'Malley, the Dodgers' president from 1970-1998. "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."

The O'Malley family sold the club and property in 1998 to News Corp., which sold it back to the city of Vero Beach in 2001 and leased back the training complex for the team's Spring Training. The site was shuttered after the Dodgers moved their Spring Training to Arizona in 2008, was run as a sports complex by Minor League Baseball for three years, then sold in 2012 to O'Malley's family and former pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo to run year-round for camps and tournaments.

"No other place in the world holds as many memories for me as Dodgertown," said Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for

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