Dodgertown: Then and Now
Date: 2/10/2008 Album ID: 430405
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A look at Dodgertown, the Dodger's spring training complex in Vero Beach, Fla. The camp is closing after 60 years and moving to Arizona.
Players lived in barracks at Dodgertown, the site of a former naval base.
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Infielders Marinao Duncan , left, and Alfredo Griffin pose in the late 1980s.
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Manager Tommy Lasorda shares a laugh with pitching coach Ron Perranoski during spring training.
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Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, left, and Detroit manager Sparky Anderson, right, pose for a photo with Hall of Famer Duke Snider.
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Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda shows there still is some life left in his arm. Lasorda was a former pitcher.
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New York Mets manager Davey Johnson, left, and Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda catch up before a spring training game.
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Eric Gagne, right, poses with Paul Lo Duca in 2006. Gagne, who set a MLB record with 84 consecutive saves, injured his elbow in spring training and makes just two appearances that season.
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From left, Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Hideo Nomo and Todd Hollandsworth. Karros, Piazza and Mondesi were the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1992-94; Nomo was named the league's Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1995.
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The intimacy of Dodgertown allowed fans to get up close to see their favorite stars, such as catcher Mike Piazza.
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Young Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia, now the Angels manager, gets some pointers from Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, who often would come to spring training, make a few adjustments to a pitcher's delivery, and vanish.
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1948: Dodgers arrive at former naval base. Branch Rickey unveils first full-blown farm system.
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The Spartan facilities in Vero Beach were credited with helping build team unity.
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The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers pose for a photo during spring training in Vero Beach, Fla.
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Street signs around the spring-training complex in Vero Beach, Fla., salute Dodgers greats, such as broadcaster Vin Scully.
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Brooklyn Dodgers catchers are taught the strike zone in spring training with the use of a box made of string.
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Former Dodgers great Maury Wills, a two-time National League batting champion, shows up at spring training in 2004. There, you were only segregated by talent, Mills said of the playing fields at Dodgertown in the 1960s.
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1995: Hideo Nomo, Japanese baseball's top pitcher, arrives at Dodgertown after signing during the winter. More than 100 media members follow him from Japan.
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Tommy Lasorda took over as the Dodgers manager in 1977 and led them to a pennant in his first season.
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