Jaime Jarrín, “the Spanish voice of the Dodgers” and one of the most recognizable voices in all of sports broadcasting, has been calling Dodger games since 1959, entering his 63rd season with the club in 2021. In 2018, the Hall of Famer became just the 12th Dodger to be added to the club’s Ring of Honor, joining other franchise icons in having his name permanently affixed to Dodger Stadium.
Jarrín has called three perfect games (Sandy Koufax in 1965, Tom Browning in 1988 and Dennis Martinez in 1991) and 22 no-hitters, 30 World Series and 30 All-Star games during his decorated career. In 1998, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award and became only the second Spanish-language announcer to achieve that honor, joining Buck Canel. In the 2005 book “Voices of Summer,” Jarrín was named as baseball’s all-time best Spanish-language broadcaster.
The Quito, Ecuador native began working for HCJB in his home country when he was 16 years old and went on to become the announcer for the National Congress of Ecuador, while studying philosophy, letters, journalism and broadcasting at Central University of Ecuador in Quito. Following his graduation, Jarrín hoped to continue his broadcasting career in the United States, arriving on June 24, 1955, and at the time, he had never seen a baseball game. His first experience with baseball was watching the Dodgers on a televised broadcast of the 1955 World Series against the Yankees, and he soon began attending minor league games in Los Angeles at Gilmore Field and Wrigley Field to learn the game. Jarrín was hired as an announcer at KWKW and soon after, the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. Jarrin was given one year to prepare to become a baseball broadcaster by William Beaton, the station manager at KWKW.
During his first six years with the Dodgers, Jarrín and his partner would recreate games in the studio while listening to the English radio broadcast. Starting in 1965, Jarrín took the Dodgers’ Spanish-language radio broadcast on the road, making every stop with the Dodgers, and rose to become the club’s No. 1 Spanish-language broadcaster in 1973. From 1962-84, Jarrín called nearly 4,000 games - spanning 22 seasons – without missing a contest, before the streak was broken in 1984, when he took charge of all the Spanish-language radio coverage and production for the Los Angeles Olympic Games. On August 23, 2009, Jarrín once again made history and served as the play-by-play announcer in the first-ever regular season, dedicated, Spanish-language telecast of a Dodger game. From 2015-2020, Jaime called games alongside his son Jorge, with the duo forming the only father-son broadcasting team in MLB Spanish-language radio.
Jarrín also worked on international news broadcasts including the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II’s visit to the U.S. and several meetings between foreign leaders and Presidents Richard Nixon and Lyndon B. Johnson. He has called more than 30 world championship boxing title bouts for radio and TV stations in Latin America including the Thrilla in Manila between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
Jarrin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - dedicated in September 1998 – and is a member of both the California Broadcasters’ Association Halls of Fame and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters’ Association, which awarded him the organization’s Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. His other major honors include La Gran Cruz al Merito en El Grado de Comendador received in Ecuador in January 1992, being honored by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Foundation with an AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Award in 2011 and earning Hall of Fame recognition by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association (APTRA) in 2011. This past January, Jarrín was featured in the 2020 Rose Parade as an honored guest of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, embodying the theme of “The Power of Hope.”
Jarrín resides in San Marino and has two sons, Mauricio and Jorge. In memory of his late wife, Blanca, who passed away in 2019, the Jarrín Family launched The Jaime and Blanca Jarrín Foundation, which serves and supports charitable, educational and athletic programs in the Los Angeles area as well as internationally.