Vero Beach in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Baseball and Dodgertown
Inscription. Dodgertown was the spring training facility of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers. Originally part of a World War II Naval Air Station, Dodgertown became the spring training home of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948, when local business leader Bud Holman convinced the Dodgers to set up a spring training facility in Vero Beach. Here, Dodger President Branch Rickey sought to create a "baseball campus" where players could live and play together. Dodgertown was the South's first racially integrated spring training camp, where 600-plus players from the Brooklyn Dodgers 26 minor league teams played. Hall of Fame players Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella were among the first African American players to train here. In 1953, Dodger President Walter O'Malley privately built the 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, a state-of-the-art ball park at Dodgertown. During its history, 6 world Championships and 14 National League Pennant-winning teams played at Dodgertown. In 2001, the Dodgers sold Dodgertown to Indian River County, then leased it back until 2008, when their spring training facilities moved west to Arizona. In 2012, the O'Malley family stepped up to manage historic Dodgertown as a year-round multi-sports complex.
By Tim Fillmon, March 11, 2015
1. Baseball and Dodgertown Marker
Erected 2014 by The Indian River County Historical Society, Tourist Development Council of Indian
River County and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-812.)
By Tim Fillmon, November 10, 2014
2. Baseball and Dodgertown Marker Dedication
Location. 27° 38.634′ N, 80° 25.369′ W. Marker is in Vero Beach, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is on Flight Safety Drive south of 26th Street (Road 0.1), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3901 26th Street, Vero Beach FL 32960, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Osceola Park Historic Residential District (approx. 1.2 miles away); City of Vero Beach (approx. 1.3 miles away); Vero Beach Railway Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); Vero Beach City Hall (approx. 1.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial Island Sanctuary (approx. 3.3 miles away); McKee Jungle Gardens (approx. 3½ miles away); McKee Jungle Garden Gates (approx. 3½ miles away); Bethel Creek House of Refuge (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vero Beach.
Categories. • Sports •
By Tim Fillmon, March 18, 2016
3. Dodgertown Postcard from the air
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 18, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.