Jaime JarrinThe longest-serving broadcaster in Major League Baseball has played more games at Dodger Stadium since it opened in 1962 than anyone else. All-Star Game in Yarrin’s 64th and final season as one of the club’s Hispanic radio voices. It’s six plus decades Dodgers moments in Los Angeles. Here are the favorites of the 86-year-old Hall of Famer. (Interview conducted in Spanish has been edited for brevity and clarity.)
First Dodgers game in Los Angeles
(April 18, 1958, Coliseum)
It was amazing for me to be in the Colosseum as a spectator. I did not work. I was preparing for next year. But it was an amazing sight to see a place as big as the Colosseum and see almost 80,000 people there. I said, “Wow! How is it possible to gather so many people for a sporting event in one place.”
Sandy Koufax’s Perfect Game
(September 9, 1965 vs. Cubs at Dodger Stadium)
I’ve seen three perfect games. The first one was Sandy KoufaxWith. The second was Tom Browning of Cincinnati against the Dodgers in Cincinnati. And the third was Dennis Martinez against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Koufax is here because he was the first and it’s not every day you see a perfect game. And after the game, Sandy was very friendly. He took a picture with me, with balloons, four balloons [representing his four no-hitters]. And that was great for me, because perfect games are special.
Fernando Valenzuela’s feat in Game 3 of the World Series
(October 23, 1981 at Dodger Stadium)
Fernando showed courage, courage, strength. He had problems throughout the game, but he knew how to get out and finish the game. The manager went on the mound several times, but it was a game of strength. For me it was the most important game of Fernando in his career. Game 3 of the 1981 World Series. [Valenzuela threw 149 pitches in the Dodgers’ 5-4 victory that cut the Yankees’ lead in the series to 2-1. The Dodgers won the next three games to capture the championship.]
4. Dodgers game four plus one
(September 18, 2006 at Dodger Stadium)
For me it was one of the most exciting evenings of my career. [Trailing the Padres 9-5 in the ninth inning, the Dodgers hit four consecutive home runs to tie the score. After the Dodgers fell behind by a run in the 10th, Nomar Garciaparra hit a two-run home run to win the game 11-10.]
5. Don Drysdale broke a series of goalless innings in a row
(June 8, 1968 at Dodger Stadium)
[Drysdale threw 582/3 scoreless innings, breaking the mark of 552/3 set by Walter Johnson in 1913.]
Sandy Koufax wins the World Series
(October 6, 1963 at Dodger Stadium)
It was an exciting game because we had a chance to win the series against a strong team like the Yankees. And Koufax made a bet on a three-day rest. An exciting day.
7. Dusty Baker’s 30th homer in the regular season finals.
(October 2, 1977 at Dodger Stadium)
[The Dodgers became the first team in history to have four players hit 30 home runs in a season when Baker connected against the Astros’ J.R. Richard.]
Clayton Kershaw, no-hitter against the Rockies
(June 18, 2014 at Dodger Stadium)
No-hitters are special. You don’t see them often. It’s unique. The perfect game is perfect, but it’s so hard to achieve know-hitter.
9. Steve Finley’s Grand Slam NL West Winner
(October 2, 2004 at Dodger Stadium)
[Trailing the Giants 3-0 in the ninth inning, Finley’s grand slam caps a seven-run rally.]
10. Kirk Gibson’s home run in Game 1 of the World Series.
(October 15, 1988 at Dodger Stadium)
It was very exciting for me, but looking at the whole game, it was only 10 minutes, and the home run was only a few seconds. It was a flash. But he was remembered, of course, by everyone at the Dodger Stadium.
11. Roy Campanella Knight
(May 7, 1959, Coliseum)
It was one of the most memorable nights of my life. More than 90,000 people came to honor Roy Campanella. Pee Wee Reese pushed out Roy Campanella in a wheelchair and later everyone lit candles or held a light and it was amazing.
12. Dennis Martinez from Montreal Expos shows the perfect game
(July 28, 1991 at Dodger Stadium)
First, it was the perfect game. Secondly, the pitcher is Hispanic, Nicaraguan. It was so exciting for the public that in the sixth inning, when a perfect game seemed possible, we received two or three phone calls from Nicaraguan radio stations asking for permission to broadcast our show. We had to immediately call Major League Baseball to ask for permission so they could broadcast our broadcast. They gave us permission and were able to listen in Nicaragua.
13. Vin Scully’s farewell to Dodger Stadium
(September 25, 2016)
Vin Scully meant a lot to me. More than just a friend. More than just a colleague. He was for me, well, my guide, my teacher, my professor, my assistant. He was everything. Thanks to him, perhaps I was able to achieve a lot, because he helped me a lot at the beginning of my career.
Jaime Harrin Dodgers All-Time Team
First base: Steve Garvey and Wes Parker
Second base: Davey Lopez and Steve Sachs
Short stop: Maury Wills and Bill Russell
Third base: Adrian Beltre and Ron Say
Far field: Willie Davis, Dusty Baker, Sean Green (next three: Kirk Gibson, Tommy Davis, Duke Snyder)
Catcher: Mike Piazza and Mike Shiosha
Snacks: Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Clayton Kershaw (Honorable Mention: Don Sutton)
Reliefers: Ron Perranosky, Kenley Jansen, Mike Marshall
Utility: Jim Gilliam and Chris Taylor
Pinch hitters: Manny Mota and Dave Hanson
Manager: Walter Alston
All-time MLB team Jaime Harrin
First base: Gil Hodges and Stan Musial
Second base: Roberto Alomar and Joe Morgan
Third base: Mike Schmidt and Adrian Beltre
Short stop: Alex Rodriguez and Ozzy Smith
Catchers: Johnny Bench and Ivan Rodriguez
Far field: Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle
Snacks: Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan
Reliefers: Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman