It’s been over five years since the Dodgers held spring training in Vero Beach, Florida and although the team isn’t headed back anytime soon, its famous name has been finally restored: Dodgertown.
The Dodgers called Dodgertown their spring training home since 1958 and it was considered one of the more historic facilities in the country. From Jackie Robinson to Matt Kemp, Dodgertown has hosted some of the greatest baseball players in Dodgers history.
Unfortunately for the Dodgertown faithful, the Dodgers decided to head west and chose Glendale, Arizona as their new spring training home in 2009. To make matters worse, Vero Beach was not allowed to use the name Dodgertown because former Dodger owner Frank McCourt wouldn’t allow it.
The town was forced to change its name to Vero Beach Sports Village, but the entire place had streets and buildings named after Dodger greats. Accotding to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the name Dodgertown is coming back:
No more “Vero Beach Sports Village” because McCourt wouldn’t let go of “Dodgertown.” Now it’s “Historic Dodgertown – Vero Beach.”
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 29, 2013
Thanks to the Guggenheim Group and former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley, the name Dodgertown has been officially restored to the historic site.
For about 61 years Dodgertown was one of the best spring training facilities in all of baseball and it seems only fair that they are able to keep the name, even while the Dodgers have spring training in Arizona.
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