11/20/2007 2:08 PM ET
Dodgers unveil float design for the 119th Rose Parade
Golden Anniversary celebration will commence with the Dodgers' first ever Rose Parade float entry
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers unveiled the design for their first ever float entry for the 119th Rose Parade themed "Passport to the World's Celebrations." The Dodgers' Golden Anniversary celebrations will commence on Jan. 1, 2008 when Dodger legends past and present ride through Pasadena on the Festival Artists Worldwide designed float.
"Baseball truly became a 'national' pastime when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and for many Angelenos, this is the moment they fell in love with baseball," said Dodger Vice Chairman and President Jamie McCourt. "The Dodger float will honor the team's 50-year relationship with Los Angeles and its loyal fans."
The popcorn and peanut adorned float will incorporate Dodger sights and sounds. Dodger Stadium will serve as the backdrop of the entry that will include a 35-foot tall Dodger player coming out of a grand slam swing while fans cheer from the bleachers, Dodger organist Nancy Bea Hefley playing gameday favorites atop the float, Dodger legends from each decade in Los Angeles Dodger history riding on the float and Dodger ushers walking alongside the float holding helium-filled baseballs and Dodger flags.
In the tradition of all Rose Parade entries, the Dodger float will be made by hand with all natural materials. Decorations for the stadium backdrop include white mums, red carnations, blue ribbon irises and scissored blue stattice. The garden surfaces will be beds of gold and yellow roses with accents of white dendrobium and lavender and white cattleya orchids.
The iconic Dodger scoreboard will include blended strawflower, gold mums, scissored stattice, dried seaweed and poppy seeds. The Dodger player's uniform will be largely comprised of crushed coconut, scissored stattice and red carnation petals. The gold star accents will be detailed with popcorn kernels applied individually. Finally, floral displays of more than 1500 bird of paradise stems, 600 orange anthuriums, as well as numerous hanging heliconia flowers will complete the Dodger entry.
The highlight of the float will be the Dodger legends riding on it, including:
Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda. The only person in baseball history to win both a World Series and coach a gold-medal winning United States Olympic baseball team, Lasorda is currently Special Advisor to the Chairman
Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully. The "Voice of the Dodgers," enters his 59th season with the Dodgers - the longest of any current sports broadcaster with one team. Named "baseball's all-time best broadcaster," Scully was voted the most memorable personality in L.A. Dodger history by fans
Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jaime Jarrín. The Spanish voice of the Dodgers joined the team in 1959, the year of the Dodgers' first championship on the West Coast
Dodger Spanish-language broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela whose storybook rookie season in 1981 remains one of the most vivid memories of Dodger baseball. At the tender age of 20, the Mexico native won both Rookie of the Year honors and the National League Cy Young Award as the Dodgers captured their fifth World Championship
Carl Erskine. The former Brooklyn and Los Angeles pitcher started and won the Dodgers' first home game at the Coliseum against the San Francisco Giants in front of more than 78,000 fans on April 18, 1958
Dodger Legend Don Newcombe. The only player in history to win the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP Awards, Newcombe won a career-high 27 games with Brooklyn in 1956 to win baseball's inaugural Cy Young Award
Steve Garvey. The 10-time All-Star first baseman won National League MVP honors in 1974, Garvey also set a National League record with 1,207 consecutive games played between 1975 and 1983
Wes Parker. The six-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner was recently voted as the best fielding first baseman of the last half century
Nomar Garciaparra. The Whittier native was named the 2006 Comeback Player of the Year and is entering his third season with the Dodgers
James Loney. The current Dodger first baseman batted .331 in 2007, his rookie season
Dodger Organist Nancy Bea Hefley. Nancy Bea has serenaded baseball fans with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and other ballpark favorites since 1988
50-Year Employee and legendary "Peanut Guy" Roger Owens. The most durable Dodger "pitcher" in team history began his storied vending career at the Los Angeles Coliseum
Billy DeLury. The 58-year Dodger employee's career has spanned from Ebbets Field to the Coliseum to Dodger Stadium. DeLury is the club's former traveling secretary and currently a special assistant to the Dodger broadcasters
Kathy Robinson Young, niece of Jackie Robinson, is a Pasadena resident and former Dodger usher
Ann Meyers Drysdale, widow of Hall of Fame Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale. Meyers Drysdale was also a Hall of Fame basketball player at UCLA and the first woman to sign a contract with a National Basketball Association team. She is currently is the general manager of the WNBA's 2007 Championship team Phoenix Mercury
The Dodger float will be preceded in the parade by the Los Angeles Unified All District High School Honor Band. Participating in the Rose Parade for the 35th time, the "All City Band" under the direction of Anthony White and Art Duardo, includes student musicians of all racial and ethnic backgrounds representing the eclectic city of Los Angeles - East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, the Harbor Area, and the Valley.
Fans interested in volunteering to decorate the Dodger float can get more information at www.fawwdecoration.com. Dodger fans can enter to win a seat on the float, purchase seats in the Dodger Grandstand on the Rose Parade route and purchase limited edition Rose Parade merchandise now at www.dodgers.com/anniversary.