It was announced today that Jaime Jarrín would be inducted into the Dodgers Ring of Honor. He has been with the club for 60 years as the voice of their Spanish language broadcasts. The Dodgers have long had a large Spanish speaking fanbase, and this is a testament to his work.
As someone who comes from a Spanish speaking family, Jaime Jarrín is a huge piece of our hearts as Dodger fans. He’s already been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, this accolade adds to his legend. Dodgers fans are blessed to have had TWO legends as their announcers, speaking poetic play-by-play in two different languages. Here is Jaime calling the 9th inning of the legendary game 3 of the 1981 World series.
Jaime Jarrín’s voice, passion, and way with words is a treasure. Below is the official Dodgers press release about his induction into the Dodgers ring of honor. As I continue to watch his legend grow, and his legend get bigger, all I can say is: “¡Se va, se va, se va, y despídala con un beso!”
Official Dodgers Press Release
JAIME JARRÍN TO BE INDUCTED INTO DODGERS’ RING OF HONOR ON SEPT. 21
LOS ANGELES – Dodger Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín will become the 12th inductee into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor and be recognized for his 60 years of service to the team during a pregame ceremony on Friday, September 21, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced today.
Jarrín will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Don Drysdale and Vin Scully in having their name/number permanently affixed to Dodger Stadium.
Said Jarrín, “The Ring of Honor is something that I never dreamed about, and I’d like to thank the Dodgers from the bottom of my heart. To me, this honor is equal to being inducted into the Hall of Fame, and I’m humbled to be up there with Vin Scully and all the other Dodger greats. It’s going to be a special night.”
“On behalf of the Dodgers and Dodger fans, it’s my honor to congratulate Jaime on reaching this milestone and thank him for serving as a great representative of our team and the game of baseball for 60 years,” said Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten. “His place among the franchise greats is undisputed, and we’re proud to welcome him into the team’s Ring of Honor.”
“Congratulations to Jaime, my friend and mentor, on this great honor and 60 years with the Dodgers,” said legendary Dodger pitcher and broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela. “I’ll always remember your kindness and wisdom in helping a teenager acclimate to the Majors and then, many years later, showing me the ropes as a rookie broadcaster. You are the true definition of what it means to be a Dodger.”
The ceremony will include tributes from players and broadcasters from around the baseball world. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the ceremony and also enjoy postgame Friday Night Fireworks presented by Denny’s.
During the course of his 60-year Dodger career, which begin in the club’s second season in Los Angeles in 1959, Jarrín has been lauded as one of the all-time great baseball announcers, including his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. He became only the second Spanish-language announcer to earn that honor, joining Buck Canel. Jarrín is a member of both the Southern California Sports Broadcasters’ Association and the California Broadcasters’ Association Halls of Fame, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dedicated in September 1998. 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.