Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Jaime Jarrin became the 12th inductee into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor Friday evening, recognized for his 60 years with the team and helping boost its following among Southern California’s Spanish-speaking population.
Longtime Dodger outfielder, coach and broadcaster Manny Mota removed the blue curtain covering a microphone with Jarrin’s name near the left field foul pole. It is next to the 10 jersey numbers that have been retired, which are displayed in numerical order. The microphone denoting Vin Scully’s place in the Ring of Honor is to the left of the microphone with Jarrin’s name.
“There is a saying — you should always count your blessings,” Jarrin told the crowd. “As I am standing here and look back on the past 60 years I see a lifetime filled with blessings, too many to count.
“When I started broadcasting games in 1959, I was blessed to meet Vin Scully. I could not have imagined a better role model for a broadcaster or a better gentleman for a friend. Vin, you may have retired as a broadcaster, but having you here tonight shows that will never retire as a friend.”
Scully preceded Jarrin in speaking and he noted the 9,320-foot altitude of Jarrin’s home town, Quito, Ecuador.
“When you think about the altitude he was raised in, it was only getting him ready for the rarified air of broadcasting a first-place team by the name of the Los Angeles Dodgers,” Scully said, referring to the team’s 2 1/2-game lead over the Colorado Rockies entering play Friday.
Scully called Jarrin “one of the nicest men I’ve ever met.”
Jarrin arrived in the United States in 1955, having never seen a baseball game. He began regularly attending Pacific Coast League games at Los Angeles’ since-demolished Gilmore Field and Wrigley Field from 1955 through 1957 to learn the game.
When the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles following the conclusion of the 1957 season, Jarrin was given one year to prepare to become a baseball broadcaster by William Beaton, the station manager at KWKW-AM (1330).
Jarrin never missed a broadcast from 1962-1984, calling nearly 4,000 consecutive games. The streak ended when Jarrin took charge of all the Spanish-language radio coverage and production for the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Jarrin has called 28 World Series, 30 All-Star Games, 21 no-hitters and three perfect games.
Jarrin’s honors include the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the Baseball Hall of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Dodgers announced on Thursday that Jarrin has agreed to a contract extension that will take him through the 2020 season.
“It seems like it was just yesterday that I was at the Coliseum in 1959 and started my work with the Dodgers, the time goes so fast,” Jarrin said. “I’m still enjoying it just as much as I did 60 years ago.
“I love what I do, and it’s a privilege for me to be able to do it. I have had the opportunity to work with the best of the best, ballplayers, broadcasters and staff, and I have been so fortunate throughout my career. Of course, I have to thank the Dodgers and especially my wife Blanca for her support and for allowing me to do what I love all these years.”
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