The Dodgers are reviving a lost tradition this year: The Old Timer’s Game on June 8 will feature unnamed “Dodgers and Yankees legends.” The tradition was discontinued in 1995 in the midst of declining crowds at Dodger Stadium. Clearly there was some fan interest in seeing the event return, and it will be interesting to see which former players are willing (and able) to suit up for the game.
Next year the Dodgers will revive a unique tradition, the Hollywood Stars game, team president Stan Kasten said Monday.
“It’s not going to get done this year, but that is a thing that was a very cool thing for years and years here,” he said. “That is on our plate. We’re not going to get to it in ‘13 but we hope to do it in ‘14 and beyond.”
The event was killed off a couple years ago amid confusion. Maybe with a year-plus to promote it and recruit participants, it can regain some of its lost luster. The next installment of the Hollywood Stars game will be the 52nd.
There was definitely some desire among the celebrity set to revive the tradition. Though he probably won’t be spotted at the Academy Awards anytime soon, Kasten has been keeping his ear to the streets of Tinseltown.
“We have an awful lot of celebrities at our games,” Kasten said. “People that I know from TV and movies. … You associate that with the Lakers; you see them at courtside and you see them dolled up like they’re going to a Hollywood premiere. All the makeup, all the glamour, all the jewelry and all of that. Those same people come to Dodger games. You don’t notice it because they’re in jeans and a T-shirt and a baseball cap without a lot of frills. I’m telling you, I have met star after star after star of TV shows and movies and they are blending in because there’s a different way to go to a baseball game — a more comfortable, more relaxing, more natural way — than to other events.”