Fifty years ago today a man came to the United States that would change the face of Dodgers baseball forever. Jaime Jarrin emigrated from his native Ecuador, uprooting his family in search of a brighter future. Upon arriving in Los Angeles, he hadn’t seen a single game of baseball, and has since spent the last 50 years broadcasting our beloved game in his native language, Spanish.
Jarrin feel in love with baseball, and the Dodgers, as many did, watching the 1955 Dodgers win the World Series. Until the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, he would attend minor league games in Los Angeles learning all about baseball. He began calling games for the Dodgers in 1959, and the rest is history.
He has called more than 7,500 regular season games.
He has called about 25 All-Star games.
He has called 20 Fall Classics, and is a deserved member of the Salon de Fama.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Jaime for many, many years. His wife Blanca, and his sons, are like a second family to me.
I congratulate you today, Jaime. You have always represented the Dodgers to the highest degree of class, dignity and character.
You are a true caballero, and I say, salute a ti mi amigo, y bueno suerte!