The Dodgers said today that Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrn, in his 54th season as the Spanish-language voice of team, will be “honored” with a T-shirt giveaway on Monday, June 11 when the Dodgers face the Angels.l
The first 30,000 — that’s treinta mil — will get the shirt that features Jarrin’s home run call: “Se va, se va, se va … y despidala con un beso!”
(Loose translation: Going, going, and gone! Kiss it goodbye.)
The next night, by the way, the Dodgers are giving out Mike Scioscia bobbleheads. If he’s still managing the Angels by then.
“The Dodgers and our fans are extremely fortunate to have Hall of Famer Jaime Jarrn as our voice in Spanish,” said Dodgers minority owner Magic Johnson in a statement. “Jaime is a Los Angeles icon, one who has inspired several generations of Los Angeles Latinos to dream big. He’s been instrumental in instilling a love of Dodger baseball throughout the Los Angeles area. We salute Jaime, a Dodger institution, and are grateful for all that he has given to the Dodgers and to Dodger fans.”
A native of Ecuador, Jarrn had never seen a baseball game until he moved to Los Angeles. His first experience with baseball involved watching the Dodgers on a televised broadcast in 1955 when they won their first World Series championship by defeating the New York Yankees. He began regularly attending minor league games at Gilmore Field and Wrigley Field from 1955 until the Dodgers moved to L.A. in 1958. e was given one year to prepare for his Dodgers’ Spanish-language assignment, prepared by William Beaton, the station manager at KWKW. During his first six years with the Dodgers, Jarrn and a partner would recreate the games in the studio while listening to Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett on the radio.