04/06/2012 5:10 PM EST
Opening Day will Feature a Celebration of the 1962 Dodgers
Dodger Stadium Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
LOS ANGELES – Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, presented by Automobile Club of Southern California, is Tuesday, April 10 and will launch the club’s season-long celebration of Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary. Pregame ceremonies on Opening Day will celebrate the 1962 Los Angeles Dodgers, the first team to ever play at Dodger Stadium, and will begin at 12:15 p.m. They will be carried live on PRIME TICKET.
The Dodgers first played at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, April 10, 1962, 50 years to the day before Opening Day 2012, against the Cincinnati Reds. Members of that 1962 team that will be on hand next Tuesday will include Larry Burright, 1962 NL batting champ Tommy Davis, Tim Harkness, Ken McMullen, Wally Moon, Ron Perranoski, Pete Richert, Ed Roebuck, Norm Sherry, Daryl Spencer, Stan Williams and 1962 MVP Award winner Maury Wills. These players will be introduced on the field during pre-game ceremonies and announce “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” at the start of the game to kick off Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary, presented by State Farm.
Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda, who was the first to dub Dodger Stadium “blue heaven on earth,” will greet the members of the 1962 team as they are introduced. Drew Drysdale, Don Drysdale’s daughter, will perform “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.
The ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium will be thrown by Terry Seidler, whose mother Kay O’Malley threw out the first-ever pitch at Dodger Stadium in 1962. The O’Malley family owned the Dodgers from 1950-98 and Seidler’s father, Hall of Famer Walter O’Malley, moved the Dodgers to Los Angeles and constructed Dodger Stadium. Seidler will be escorted to the mound by her brother, former owner and club president Peter O’Malley, and many members of the O’Malley family will also be on hand.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and iconic band The Beach Boys will sing the national anthem and perform as part of Opening Day pre-game festivities as both Dodger Stadium and The Beach Boys celebrate their 50th anniversaries. Dodger fans will also enjoy The Beach Boys’ greatest hits exclusively throughout the ballpark, as well as a video feature on the band’s 50th Anniversary reunion and tour.
Hall of Fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrín will also be celebrated during pre-game ceremonies, as will Dodger organist Nancy Bea Hefley. Scully is entering his 63rd season as a Dodger broadcaster, Jarrin his 54th and Hefley her 25th.
Opening Day’s veteran of the game is Marine Sergeant Eric Rodriguez of Los Angeles, who has been deployed overseas eight times and was severely injured while in Afghanistan last year. F-18s from Naval Air Station Lemoore flown by WARHAWK pilots of VA-97 will fly over the stadium during pre-game ceremonies. The flight crew pilots will also be introduced on the field during the seventh inning stretch.
Color guards from all five military branches - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard - will present the colors and 150 Army personnel from the Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion, including Battalion Commander LTC Robert Blankenship, will unfurl a giant flag on the field during the national anthem.
Opening Day is sold out, but a limited number of seats are available at www.dodgers.com/tickets or by calling 866-DODGERS through the purchase of Full Season, 25-game Pick ‘Em and 15-game Mini Plan packages.
Fans attending the game are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy all of the Opening Day festivities. Auto gates and stadium gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and fans at the game will receive Opening Day Magnet Schedules presented by Automobile Club of Southern California.
For more information on Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary, please visit www.dodgers.com/50th. Media materials for the celebration of Dodger Stadium’s 50th Anniversary presented by State Farm are available on DodgersPressBox.com: Dodger Stadium 50th Anniversary Media Kit
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.