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1998

January 18, 1998

The Boston Globe newspaper runs down the list of Spring Training sites in Florida for baseball fans planning to spend time in Florida. "Any tour of Florida training camps must include Dodgertown in Vero Beach. It is arguably the best facility anywhere for the true baseball fan." 1

February 23, 1998

Baseball America magazine named Dodgertown the No. 1 Spring Training site in the major leagues in their March, 1998 issue. 2

March 8, 1998

23 years and 324 major league wins later, upon his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Sutton returns to Dodgertown for his honor of having "Don Sutton Square" named for him. Don Sutton's first Spring Training in Dodgertown was in 1965 and then he went out and pitched 249 minor league innings at the age of 20. At the dedication ceremony, Sutton said, "I'm sure there will be some people more deserving, but no one will be more grateful. Thank you, Peter (O'Malley, Dodger President) 3 . I couldn't have spent my time and energy with a better organization." 4

March 9, 1998

Jaime Jarrin, the Dodgers' lead announcer for their Spanish radio broadcasts, is honored in a ceremony at Dodgertown for his 1998 selection of the Ford Frick Award, an honor bestowed by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. For receiving the national award, Jarrin had "Avenida Jaime Jarrin" named for him at Dodgertown, a long time Dodgertown bequest. Jarrin began broadcasting the Dodgers in Spanish to Southern California and Mexico in 1959 and was considered the "dean" of Spanish baseball broadcasting, ready to begin his 40th season with the Dodgers. "I am a very, very fortunate man. I had many people help me up the mountain," said the broadcaster in thanking persons in his remarks." 5

1 ^ Joe Giuliotti, Boston Globe, January 18, 1998

2 ^ Matt McHale, Los Angeles Daily News, February 23, 1998

3 ^ Jeff Miller, Orange County Register, March 9, 1988

4 ^ Los Angeles Times, March 9, 1988

5 ^ Los Angeles Times, March 10, 1998

For more on the history of the Dodgers Spring Training visit walteromalley.com