LOS ANGELES - Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrín was presented with the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at a luncheon held today in Studio City. Jarrín was given the award by longtime friend, colleague and fellow Hall of Famer Vin Scully. Dodger Spanish-language broadcasters Fernando Valenzuela and Pepe Yñiguez were on hand for the ceremony along with Dodger broadcaster Jorge Jarrín.
Jarrín,"the Spanish Voice of the Dodgers," will return to the Dodgers' Spanish-language broadcast booth for a 56th season this year and will remain at the helm of the Dodgers' Spanish-language radio broadcast on Univision America KTNQ 1020 AM Los Angeles. Jarrín holds the second-longest tenure in MLB broadcasting history behind Scully and the longest tenure ever in MLB's Spanish-language broadcasting history.
A native of Ecuador, Jarrín arrived in the U.S. on June 24, 1955 and began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1959 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the same year the club won the World Series, the first in Los Angeles franchise history. Since broadcasting his first game on April 14, 1959, Jarrín has called countless iconic moments in Los Angeles Dodger history. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. Jarrín became just the second Spanish-language announcer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. During his unprecedented Spanish-language broadcasting career, he has called three perfect games, 15 no-hitters, 26 World Series and 21 All-Star Games. Jarrín called the Dodgers' World Championships in 1959, '63, '65, '81 and '88.
Jarrín is a pioneer in Spanish-language sports broadcasting and has collected numerous accolades, including the first Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association's President's Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the highest award from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, induction into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters' Hall of Fame, and its foreign-language broadcaster of the year award and Golden Mike Awards. Jarrín has also been honored with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) Media and Entertainment Excellence Award and was the Hall of Fame recipient for the Associated Press Television-Radio Association (APTRA).