Popular Dodger greats whose careers span World Championships from 1959-1988 have been named as the initial instructors for the 51st Los Angeles Dodgers Adult Baseball Camp at Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida from November 9-15, 2014, it was announced today by Craig Callan, vice president, Historic Dodgertown.
Of the 10 former players, nine played on one of the five L.A. Dodger World Championship teams. The line-up of camp instructors scheduled to attend: Ron Cey, tri-MVP of the 1981 World Series; Tommy Davis, 1962 and 1963 National League batting champion; Steve Garvey, 1974 National League MVP; Mickey Hatcher, 1988 World Champion Dodgers' catalyst; Eric Karros, all-time Los Angeles Dodger home run leader; Rick Monday, who saved the American flag from being burned by protestors in left field at Dodger Stadium in 1976; Steve Sax, 1982 N.L. Rookie of the Year; Don Sutton, Hall of Fame Dodger pitcher; Maury Wills, 1962 National League MVP; and Steve Yeager, tri-MVP of the 1981 World Series. In addition, Guy Wellman will serve as camp coordinator, just as he has at every camp since 1983.
"This All-Star group of instructors brings enormous credentials and years of accomplishments," Callan said. "Campers will enjoy interacting with all these legends during their six nights and five days stay at Historic Dodgertown. This will truly be a memorable experience."
The popularity of the camp begins with the unique, all-inclusive experience, as participants train, play, dine and stay in one place - Historic Dodgertown, home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008. Campers will take a beautiful, short walk in a park-like setting from their newly-designed rooms to the baseball fields, the major league clubhouse (formerly used by the Dodgers), the inviting dining room, fitness center and Stadium Club lounge with large screen TV, card tables and billiards. History is at every turn as campers stay and train on the same hallowed grounds used by Hall of Fame players Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Sutton.
Included in the camp package: all meals; double occupancy (six nights) in one of Historic Dodgertown's rooms; authentic, personalized home and road Dodger jerseys; video of camp activities and team photo; autographed baseball by the instructors and other Dodger personnel in attendance; 50 baseball cards with your picture and camp statistics; instructors vs. campers game at iconic Holman Stadium; arrival poolside cocktail party; and use of fitness center and on-site recreational facilities (including basketball and tennis courts and the competition-size swimming pool). Cost for this exclusive experience is $4,995.
Enrollment has begun and the camp is expected to reach capacity, so please call toll-free (844) 670-2735 for more information and to make reservations or visit historicdodgertown.com.
*RON CEY is the all-time Dodger home run leader as a third baseman with 228; the L.A. career game leader at third base with 1,468; and the L.A. career leader with 765 walks. "The Penguin" was a model of consistency, playing in four World Series. Cey was a six-time N.L. All-Star.
*TOMMY DAVIS played primarily left field for the Dodgers from 1959-66 and was a three-time N.L. All-Star. He batted .400 in the Dodgers' 1963 World Series sweep of the New York Yankees. In 18 major league seasons, he batted .294 with 2,121 hits.
*STEVE GARVEY played in five World Series, including four with the Dodgers, and was a 10-time N.L. All-Star. He was a write-in candidate for the 1974 All-Star Game and was named MVP of that game. He collected 200 or more hits in a season on six occasions with the Dodgers. Garvey won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base four consecutive seasons (1974-77). An ironman in the lineup, he set an N.L. record with 1,207 consecutive games played (1975-83).
*MICKEY HATCHER starred in the 1988 World Series, batting .368 with two home runs and five RBI. That year, he was the leader of the merry band of role players known as "The Stuntmen," who were instrumental in leading the Dodgers to the N.L. Pennant and World
Championship. Hatcher and his fun-loving approach to the game brought countless smiles to Dodger fans in his six seasons with the club (1979-80, 1987-90).
*ERIC KARROS was named the 1992 N.L. Rookie of the Year for the Dodgers, which started a string of five consecutive Dodger rookies to be so honored. Karros played a steady first base for the Dodgers for 12 seasons, appearing in the most games by an L.A. Dodger at that position (1,579), while hitting an L.A. record 270 home runs. He won a 1995 N.L. Silver Slugger award.
*RICK MONDAY played center field for the Dodgers from 1977-84 and was a member of the 1981 World Champions. His home run in Game 5 of the NLCS put the Dodgers in the World Series. The two-time N.L. All-Star had a career batting average of .264 with 241 home runs and 775 RBI, while he appeared in three World Series and five LCS. The popular Emmy Award-winning broadcaster is a resident of Vero Beach, FL.
*STEVE SAX was the 1982 N.L. Rookie of the Year for the Dodgers after batting .282 with 49 stolen bases. Sax was primarily a second baseman for the Dodgers in his eight seasons (1981-88) and played an integral role in the success of the 1988 World Championship Dodger team. Sax was a five-time major league All-Star, including three times with the Dodgers.
*DON SUTTON is the all-time Dodger leader in wins (233), games pitched (550), innings pitched (3,814), strikeouts (2,696) and shutouts (52). He pitched in three World Series with the Dodgers, was a four-time All-Star and elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with a total of 324 victories.
*MAURY WILLS had two impressive stints as shortstop with the Dodgers, from 1959-66 and 1969-72. In 1962, his 104 stolen bases electrified Dodger fans who chanted "Go, Go, Go!", while he established the then-major league record. The seven-time N.L. All-Star had 586 stolen
bases in his illustrious career and was a catalyst for three Dodger World Championship teams (1959, 1963 and 1965).
*STEVE YEAGER played in four World Series in his 14 seasons with the Dodgers. In the 1981 World Series, he batted .286 with two home runs and four RBI. His home run in Game 5 was the deciding run in a 2-1 Dodger win. The strong-armed catcher had a .997 fielding percentage in 15 major league seasons.
About Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida
Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida is a multi-sport, 80-acre complex on Florida's Treasure Coast managed by former Dodger owner Peter O'Malley in a partnership since 2012. O'Malley, whose family developed and expanded the site formerly known as "Dodgertown" for nearly 50 years, partnered with his sister Terry O'Malley Seidler and former Dodger star pitchers Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo.
The home of Dodger Spring Trainings from 1948-2008, it was the starting place for six World Championships and 14 N.L. Pennant-winning teams. Numerous Baseball Hall of Fame players trained on these hallowed grounds, as well as 20 visits from professional teams in Asia.
The all-inclusive facility, owned by Indian River County, gives teams of all ages the unique opportunity to train, play, dine and stay together in on-site villas. Participants utilize one of 10 ½ playing fields (seven are Musco-lighted for night games), including a new cloverleaf of youth baseball/softball fields with concessions area and new multi-purpose field (110 by 150 yards) for football, soccer and lacrosse. Other amenities include clubhouses, two full-sized weight rooms, dining room, Stadium Club lounge and a competition-size swimming pool. The home of 6,500-seat Holman Stadium, Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach, Florida provides an all-encompassing experience for guests and is the ideal setting to build a championship team. It's the perfect location for tournaments, camps, schools, business conferences and seminars. Visit historicdodgertown.com for more information.