The most impactful player in baseball history grew up here, Jackie Robinson learning his craft on the sandlots of Pasadena just up the road from Chavez Ravine.
His childhood house has been torn down, but you can still pay homage to a plaque that has been placed at his Pepper Street address.
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The most impactful pitcher in baseball history took the mound here, Fernando Valenzuela arriving from the tiny Mexican village of Etchohuaquila to throw a screwball, stare at the sky, and help mend the fractured bond between the city’s large Latino community and its baseball team.
Valenzuela has long since retired, but you can still see him in an announcer’s booth at Dodger Stadium, view his influence in the team’s largely Latino fan base, and hear him cheered as if Fernandomania is forever.
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One of the greatest moments in baseball history happened here, limping Kirk Gibson’s home run against unhittable Dennis Eckersley in 1988 still alive and coursing through the veins of blue-clad masses who will eternally believe in improbable and impossible.
The ball has been lost, but the seat in the right-field pavilion where it landed is painted blue and adorned with Gibson’s No. 23.
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When Major League Baseball decided to return its All-Star Game to Dodger Stadium after a 42-year absence, the grateful local sentiment could be summed up in five words.
What took you so long?
With deep roots and rich history and unbridled passion for a game that has gone stale in other parts of the country, Southern California is America’s greatest baseball neighborhood.
The All-Star Game shouldn’t just be here this year. It should be here every year. It should take up permanent residence on Vin Scully Avenue, the geographic heart of a diverse community that loves the game beyond reason and plays the game without equal.
The All-Star Game belongs in a place where there is a youth baseball game somewhere virtually every day, a place where high schools have produced 16 Hall of Famers, a place that houses the country’s most prolific college baseball program, a place that sells the most major league tickets to see the biggest major league stars.
“You see it every day, Southern California has the best baseball in the world,” said Tom Dill, who has coached for 30 years at a Sherman Oaks Notre Dame high school that has produced a major league MVP (Giancarlo Stanton), Cy Young Award winner (Jack McDowell) and first overall draft pick (Tim Foli).
When Notre Dame opened its new stadium in 2014, it was about more than bleachers, scoreboard and a snack table. The thing cost $3 million, Pete Rose was in the stands, and Neil Diamond was on the field singing, “Sweet Caroline.”
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The weather is perfect, the Latino roots are powerful, and, from Boyle Heights to Ventura to San Juan Capistrano, the game has been passed down like an heirloom.
The Los Angeles Angels are generally cited as the first stable professional team here, as they began playing in the Pacific Coast League in South Los Angeles’ Washington Park in 1903. But at the same time, during what has been called the Golden Age of Mexican American baseball, the local love of the sport was fueled by great barrio baseball being played in East Los Angeles, in leagues eventually led by legendary teams like the Carmelita Chorizeros.
“The fans just aren’t just sitting there, they’re really into it. This town hangs on every pitch.”
— Dennis Gilbert, the Dodgers’ most recognizable fan from his seat behind home plate
“Baseball’s popularity here is directly tied to the Latino fan base,’’ said Richard Santillán, one of the founders of The Latino Baseball History Project housed at Cal State San Bernardino. “The Latino love for the sport is instrumental in growing the game here. It became an essential part of the struggle for civil rights, and an important instrument to promote social equality.”
Thus, by the time the Dodgers arrived from Brooklyn in 1958, all parts of the sprawling city had been essentially playing and watching and cheering high-level baseball for more than half a century. With Hall of Fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrín then brilliantly fueling the passion in English and Spanish, the devotion to the sport grew to a level unmatched in any other American metropolis.
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“When it comes to baseball, everywhere you go here, there’s so much training, so much focus, so much knowledge,” said Dill.
And so much pure hardball love.
Where else are nearly 7 million — 7 million! — tickets sold to major league games during an average summer?
In 2019, the last year that attendance figures were not affected by the pandemic, the Dodgers led the league as usual with 3,974,309 fans, while Angels were fifth with 3,023,010.
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Even though Dodger Stadium is the league’s largest, that’s a million more tickets than were sold to the two stadiums in New York. That’s 2 million more tickets than were sold to the two stadiums in Chicago.
Not counting the 2020 empty-stadium summer, the Dodgers have led the league in attendance for eight straight years.
“And the fans just aren’t just sitting there, they’re really into it,” said Dennis Gilbert, the guy with the dark hair and glasses who has become the Dodgers’ most recognizable fan from his seat behind home plate. “This town hangs on every pitch.”
Baseball is so big here, fans like Gilbert are actually part of the game. A former agent and insurance executive, Gilbert has spearheaded several baseball philanthropic efforts that have included overseeing a scout’s charity, building a junior college field, and working with several inner-city initiatives.
“The game works so great in this city because it doesn’t care about anything other than, can you play?” said Gilbert. “Race and background don’t matter. If you can play, you will get an opportunity.”
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Fans fill the seats, cheer forgivingly for the players, and spend mightily on their memorabilia.
Last season, led by best-selling Mookie Betts, Southern California players accounted for five of the 10 best-selling jerseys in baseball. And none of those was the great Mike Trout.
This season, four locals — Betts, Trout, Trea Turner and Shohei Ohtani — were voted by fans to the All-Star Game starting lineup. That’s twice as many SoCal starters as New York starters, even though the Yankees and Mets are having a better combined season.
Dig down deeper and the numbers are even more local. The game will contain All-Stars from five different Southern California high schools.
“You coach around here long enough and you realize, almost every game, you could be competing against somebody you’re going to see on TV one day,” said Dill.
It starts long before high school. Just ask James Szatkowski. He’s a 57-year-old retired warehouse manager from Ventura who is as popular as any Hollywood A-lister.
Szatkowski is an amateur-league umpire, and a good one, and there are so many games in so many age groups being constantly played across Southern California that he could work multiple games virtually every day for the rest of his career.
“Honestly, it never ends, it’s constant, I could work every night somewhere, the weather is so good, the interest is so high, there’s so much baseball everywhere,” he said.
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Szatkowski has worked seven games in one day. He’s worked 15 games in one long weekend. He’s worked games for 5-year-olds, 35-year-olds and everything in between. He’s been so battered and exhausted he’s fallen asleep on the drive home. He has 50 umpire shirts and 50 pairs of umpire pants and he wears them all. Contact him early. His calendar fills up quick.
“I turn down as many as I accept,” he said. “I get sore. I get hurt. It never stops.”
Although the best youth leaguers eventually play for traveling teams that have become the primary focus of many players hoping to attract professional attention, high school baseball is still a force in Southern California with a legacy unmatched anywhere.
Did you know Eddie Murray and Ozzie Smith not only went to high school here, but they attended the same school, Locke High? Walter Johnson also went to high school here. So did George Brett, Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, Bobby Doerr, Gary Carter, Ralph Kiner, Arky Vaughan, Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, Sparky Anderson, Bob Lemon and Trevor Hoffman.
“You see it every day, Southern California has the best baseball in the world.”
— Sherman Oaks Notre Dame coach Tom Dill
You know what all those players have in common? Of course. They’re Hall of Famers, 16 in all from Southern California.
Studio City Harvard-Westlake produced three major league pitchers all drafted in the first round in a three-year span — Max Fried, Jack Flaherty and Lucas Giolito.
El Toro has produced two third baseman who each won the Gold Glove for their respective leagues in consecutive years — Nolan Arenado and Matt Chapman.
Then there was the 2017 draft, where locals were the first and second picks, San Juan Capistrano JSerra’s Royce Lewis and Notre Dame’s Hunter Greene.
Not only are the local high school players among the best in the country, so are the teams. Since 2012, USA Baseball has sponsored the National High School Invitational featuring 16 of the nation’s top squads. In the tournament’s nine seasons, Southern California teams have won seven times.
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Then there is college baseball, where USC has won twice as many College World Series championships — 12 — as anyone else. While the Trojans haven’t won since 1998, in the last 30 years four different schools from the area have won championships — USC, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton and Pepperdine.
During that time, unless you count the 200 miles between Starkville, Miss., and Oxford, Miss., no other neighborhood has had more than one champion.
Baseball is forever in this city’s heart, its pulse, and even in its voice.
The greatest broadcaster in sports history preached here, Scully rhapsodizing for 67 seasons about the Dodgers in words celebrated around the world.
He has long since retired, but a video exists in which Scully delivers his final message to Dodgers fans … by singing to them.
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The farewell to the baseball rocked Dodger Stadium with cheers.
He crooned that those fans were, “the wind beneath my wings.”
His sport has long been beneath the wind beneath this city’s wings.
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The 2022 MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium was the most-attended series of ballpark events since the festivities were hosted at Yankee Stadium in 2008. Over a three-day span of All-Star events at Dodger Stadium, MLB announced 152,182 in attendance.Where is all-star game played? ›
Major League Baseball All-Star GameWhen did the brooklyn Dodgers move to Los Angeles? ›
Despite the team's enduring popularity in Brooklyn—they finished first or second in NL attendance in seven of the nine seasons between 1949 and 1957—team owner Walter O'Malley moved the franchise to Los Angeles in 1958 in order to capitalize on the financial windfall that was likely to come from Major League Baseball's ...What is Dodger Stadium capacity? ›
Dodgers Stadium is located in Los Angeles, California. It is the home of the MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers and has a capacity of 56,000, making it the largest baseball stadium in the United States. In its 57-year history, Dodgers Stadium has witnessed twelve no-hitters, two of which were perfect games.Is 2022 MLB attendance down? ›
MLB Attendance For 2022 Down Nearly 6% From 2019, Last Year Before The Pandemic.What team has the most All Stars MLB 2022? ›
Four teams lead way in 2022 ASG team-by-team breakdown
The MLB-best Yankees headline this year's class with six representatives before replacements, and the defending World Series champion Braves and host Dodgers have the most All-Stars of all NL teams with six each. But all 30 teams are represented.
2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
|1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E American League 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1 National League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0|
|City||Los Angeles, California|
Reminder: MLB All-Star Game does not determine World Series home-field advantage. The MLB All-Star Game is, thankfully, no longer a game with any real meaning.Why did they change the All-Star Game location? ›
On March 23, 2016, North Carolina passed House Bill 2, also known as a "bathroom bill," which was seen as discriminatory against transgender persons. As a result, the NBA announced that it would move the game to another city if the bill was not repealed or revised.Why did the Dodgers leave NY? ›
With the Dodgers frustrated by their lack of ability to build a new ballpark in Brooklyn, and the Giants struggling financially, the teams began exploring other opportunities. The league's owners voted in May 1957 to allow them to relocate to California, provided they did so together.
Turns out the Dodgers are not moving. The McCourts (unfortunately) are not moving either. Instead, in these recessionary times, as unemployment in Los Angeles County has hit 12.7 percent, the Dodgers are giving fans a break. For the first time ever, the team will cut beer prices in half during six mid-week games.What does the Dodgers name mean? ›
According to the club, the name originated in 1896 as the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers. Heavy construction of electric trolley tracks in front of Eastern Park caused fans to dodge the trolleys to reach the park. Those fans became known as Trolley Dodgers and the team took on the name, which was shortened to Dodgers.What is the hardest park to hit a homerun in? ›
That honor goes to Coors Field. Even though it is the league's largest ballpark, the altitude in Denver helps sluggers get extra distance on their fly balls. So far in 2022, Coors Field ranks first in ESPN's MLB Park Factors for home runs, meaning it helps batters homer more than any other ballpark.How much is a can of beer at Dodger stadium? ›
|Characteristic||Beer price in U.S. dollars|
|Los Angeles Dodgers (16)||6.25|
|Philadelphia Phillies (12)||6|
|San Diego Padres (12)||6|
|Oakland Athletics (12)||6|
Tropicana Field is currently the smallest baseball stadium with a capacity of only 25,000 since 2019. The ballpark is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and is home to the Tampa Bay Rays. The ballpark opened in 1990 and technically could hold 42,735 people.
MLB Attendance Dipped Significantly From Pre-Pandemic Numbers.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||47,672||3,861,408|
|St. Louis Cardinals||40,994||3,320,551|
|New York Yankees||40,208||3,136,207|
Players tend to decline at/after 30 years of age, and decline is pretty constant until they're out of baseball. Pitchers also decline, and before they hit 30, their command tends to improve while velocity is always declining, which cancel each other out.Which player has the most errors in the MLB 2022? ›
Who's making the most errors?
- Ryan McMahon — 12 (the most in baseball)
- José Iglesias — 7.
- Elias Díaz — 7.
- Brendan Rodgers — 7.
- Charlie Blackmon — 3.
- Brian Serven — 3.
- CJ Cron — 2.
- Yonathan Daza — 2.
|1.||Judge • NYY||1.111|
|2.||Alvarez • HOU||1.019|
|3.||Trout • LAA||.999|
|4.||Goldschmidt • STL||.981|
|5.||Altuve • HOU||.921|
- Freddie Freeman. .3252.
- Paul Goldschmidt. .3173.
- Luis Arraez. .3163.
- Aaron Judge. .3105.
- Xander Bogaerts. .3070.
- Yordan Alvarez. .3064.
- José Abreu. .3045.
- Andrew Benintendi. .3037.
There is no set prize pool for the MLB All-Star Game MVP, though Mike Trout is a previous winner who put language in his contract to get a bonus for earning the award. Players on the winning team share a prize pool, which was listed at $640,000 in the previous collective bargaining agreement.What is the point of the All-Star Game MLB? ›
The game decides which league, American or National, will have home-field advantage in the World Series. If the All-Star game didn't exist, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would likely just give this advantage to the team with the better record – a la the NBA.Does the winner of the All-Star Game get home-field in the World Series? ›
Prior to 2003, home-field advantage in the World Series alternated from year to year between the NL and AL. After the 2002 Major League Baseball All-Star Game ended in a tie, MLB decided to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the winner of the All-Star Game.Will Astros or Braves have home-field advantage? ›
Hosting privileges for the 2021 Fall Classic will go to the team with the best regular-season winning percentage. That means the American League champion Houston Astros will have home-field advantage over the National League champion Atlanta Braves for this year's World Series, which begins Tuesday night.Who will have home-field advantage in the World Series 2022? ›
2022 World Series: The Phillies have best playoff home-field advantage in baseball, and they need it in Game 5 - CBSSports.com.How did Astros get home-field advantage? ›
The Houston Astros clinched the top seed in the American League and home-field advantage through the ALCS after the New York Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. The No. 1 seed will face the winner of the top two wild-card teams in the ALDS.Why did Astros players opt out of All-Star Game? ›
Altuve to sit out ASG to rest ailing knee
HOUSTON -- For the second year in a row, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will sit out the All-Star Game. Altuve made the decision Saturday to skip Tuesday's Midsummer Classic at Dodger Stadium after he was struck on the left knee by a pitch Thursday in Anaheim.
The legendary slugger broke the MLB all-time home run mark on April 8, 1974, when he surpassed New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth. He was known by his nicknames "Hammer" or "Hammerin Hank." The No. 44 uniforms were donned before the MLB All-Star Game, which is set to be played on July 13.Why are they all wearing 44 at the All-Star Game? ›
Hank Aaron's legacy
In 23 seasons Major League career, Aaron hit 755 home runs, surpassing the 714 hits by Babe Ruth, earning him the title of baseball's all-time home run king until Barry Bonds surpassed Aaron in 2007.
Dodgers scout Mike Brito in his familiar position at Dodger Stadium, behind home plate with radar gun in hand, measuring the velocity of incoming pitches. He was the white Panama hat. He was the radar gun.
During the 1988 NLCS against the Mets, Dodgers' pitcher Jay Howell got tossed for having pine tar on his glove. Howell later said that it was for better grip on a cold night, but Mets fans cheered 'Dodgers Cheat' for the remainder of the series.Who is the Dodgers rival? ›
The biggest rivals for the Los Angeles Dodgers are the San Francisco Giants, the San Diego Padres and the New York Yankees. The rivalries between the Giants and the Padres are part of the National League West.Will Dodgers retire 14? ›
Gil Hodges' No. 14 retired by Dodgers in ceremony.Who is leaving the Dodgers in 2022? ›
Assigned RHP Beau Burrows outright to Oklahoma City (PCL). Reassigned RHPs Ryan Pepiot, Craig Kimbrel and Phil Bickford, LHPs Justin Bruihi, David Price and Caleb Ferguson, SS Eddys Leonard, 2Bs Jorbit Vivas and Hanser Albeto, OF James Outman and 3B Edwin Rios to the minor leagues.Can the Dodgers get rid of Bauer? ›
Can't the Dodgers just terminate his contract? Not right now. The policy gives the league discretion to discipline unless Manfred transfers it to the team -- and with a suspension still an option, that's unlikely.What do Mexicans call the Dodgers? ›
“Doyers” has become a nostalgic phenomena in the Los Angeles Latino community, as more and more Mexican-Americans become assimilated and lose their accents. Previous generations of Central American immigrants struggled to say “Dodgers” so it came out sounding like “Doyers.”What do Dodgers fans call themselves? ›
Los Angeles Dodgers
Bleeding Dodger Blue - Avid fans. Dem Bums - From the Brooklyn years.
|The Dodger Dog|
|Course||Lunch or snack|
|Main ingredients||Hot dog, hot dog bun|
|Ingredients generally used||ketchup, mustard, chopped onions, sweet relish|
Major League Baseball Player Accommodations
Secondly, their daily stipend for meals (if they are not provided by the team) was raised to $117.50 per day, and $34.50 if meals are provided (I guess that money is for souvenirs?).
Babe Ruth was said to have hit a home run over 600 feet. A Mickey Mantle homer was originally estimated to have gone 734 feet.
We are talking about William H. Holbert, a National League catcher from 1876 to 1888. His claim to fame is that he is the only major league player to go to bat 2000 times in his career without hitting a home run.How much is a Coke at Dodger Stadium? ›
|Characteristic||Soft drink price in U.S. dollars|
|Los Angeles Dodgers (20)||6|
|New York Mets (20)||5.75|
|San Diego Padres (20)||5.5|
|Atlanta Braves (22)||5.5|
Dodger Stadium prices
Beer prices start around $6.25, while water and soda come in under $5.
Hinton said that when he saw that a hot dog at Yankee Stadium cost $15, he wondered aloud to his hosts what a $15 hot dog tasted like.What is the deepest MLB park? ›
Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)
With the deepest center field of any park in baseball—one that features a flagpole and hill that are in play—you'd think that Minute Maid Park in Houston would be more of a pitcher's park than a hitter's park.
Of the 30 MLB ballparks, the two oldest ballparks boast the lowest construction costs; Wrigley Field and Fenway Park.Who is the smallest MLB? ›
Eddie Carl Gaedel is the shortest baseball player ever standing at 3'7″. The St. Louis Browns were the team that Eddie was part of, and he came up as a pinch hitter. His height created confusion with the umpire, but the manager had the proper papers showing he was an MLB player.How many people are watching the NBA All-Star Game? ›
|NBA All-Star Game viewership trend on TNT/TBS|
How Much Are 2021-22 NBA All-Star Game Tickets. On the secondary market, prices for the 2022 NBA All-Star game start at $498 for 200 level tickets on the baselines. Prices for 200 level baseline tickets start at $482 and go as high as $937 on the sidelines in section 225.How much are courtside tickets to All-Star Game 2022? ›
The range varies from $1,099 to $11,340. The tickets from the upper tiers are priced the lowest while the courtside tickets are the costliest. A single ticket to the game in the upper tiers of the stadium starts from $1,099 while the ticket to sit behind the basket at the same tier costs $1,499.
Each player on the winning team will receive $100,000 while the runners up will take home $25,000. The NBA is confident that the $75,000 gap will ensure that the players will truly compete for the trophy, making for a more exciting match for the fans.What is the least watched NBA game ever? ›
On the flip side, Game 3 of the Lakers-Heat NBA Finals in the fanless, months-delayed “bubble” ranks as the lowest rated and least-watched on record with a 3.1 rating and 6.08 million. That six-game series ranks at the bottom on average, with a 4.1 and 7.66 million.What is the most-watched NBA game ever? ›
1998 NBA Finals Game 5 — Jazz vs. Bulls, 30.59M Viewers. First off, about 30.6 million fans tuned in to watch Game 5 of the 1998 NBA Finals rematch between the Jazz and Bulls. This game received a 19.8 rating.How much do floor seat NBA tickets cost? ›
If you wonder, “how much do courtside NBA tickets cost?” The answer is that courtside tickets for an NBA game will range from $300 – $50,000. It's extremely impressive for the range of courtside tickets. There are many reasons for this price range: Popularity of a team.How much does it cost to go to an All-Star game? ›
|2016||Petco Park, San Diego, California||$113|
|2017||LoanDepot Park, Miami, Florida||$153|
|2018||Nationals Park, Washington D.C.||$120|
|2019||Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio||$282|
The average price for NBA tickets throughout the league is in a range between $85 and $95. The most expensive average ticket prices belong to the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks.What is the cheapest Super Bowl ticket? ›
Cheapest tickets to Super Bowl 56.
|NFL Ticket Exchange||$6,642|
TickPick has tracked prices all the way back to before the 2021-22 NFL season. Their earliest tracked average price is just above $9,500. That is nearly a third higher than the current average price of $6,500.How much cost a ticket to Super Bowl? ›
The lowest price for a set of tickets on SeatGeek will run you $6,434 for each ticket; the price ranges up to $7,807 in the upper level sections. The 2022 Super Bowl ticket packages listed on On Location start at $5,822.50 per person.Do courtside seats come with free food? ›
Common amenities included with courtside tickets include complimentary food and beverage, padded chairs, parking passes and access to concierge services.
The biggest advantage of sitting in courtside seats is getting a better view and feel of the game than just about anyone else. You can hear the trash talk between players. You can eavesdrop on what the coaches say in the huddle or chuckle at what they yell at the referees.How much are rockets courtside? ›
Houston Rockets ticket prices can vary widely with courtside seats in 107 or 120 going for over $300 per ticket. Upper 400 level tickets are under $20 per ticket, especially for weekday games.