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Holman Stadium (University Press)

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The Rise and Fall of Dodgertown 60 Years of Baseball in Vero Beach promotional postcard.

HOLMAN STADIUM "Dodgertown"

University Press of Florida

Holman Stadium is a baseball stadium in Vero Beach, Florida, built in 1953 to accommodate spring training for the Dodgers as part of a complex called Dodgertown. In addition to the Dodgers' spring games, it was also the home of the Vero Beach Devil Rays of the Florida State League, through the 2008 season.

The Brooklyn Dodgers were one of the first major league baseball teams to conduct spring training in Florida, establishing their operations in this quiet beachside town in 1948. The team continued the tradition after becoming the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. In recent decades, Arizona has established itself alongside Florida as the second major center for spring baseball, and the Dodgers were the last western team to still conduct its spring training in Florida.

In 2001, the Dodgers seriously considered moving their spring training operations to Arizona, but the city of Vero Beach persuaded them to stay by purchasing the Dodgertown complex from the team and leasing it back for $1 per year. In 2006, the Dodgers again received offers from several Arizona cities, attempting to persuade them to move. The Dodgers will have to repay much of the money Vero Beach laid out to purchase the complex, but the Arizona offers were too lucrative to overcome this obstacle. With the Camelback Ranch opening in Glendale, Arizona in 2009, the Dodgers will join the Chicago White Sox to share operations of the new facility. The Dodgers' last spring training game in Vero Beach was on March 17, 2008.

Unused 4" x 6" continental size chrome postcard.

Dist. by University Press of Florida

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