March 5th, 2012

3/5/12-Something Current-LAD-Photo Gallery-3/5/12

Los Angeles Dodgers Maury Wills poses with his bobblehead  scheduled to be given away April 28, 2012 against the Washington. Photograph taken Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Sellers, Tony Gwynn, Jerry Sands and Dee Gordon head to the practice field prior to game vs Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Kemp and Maury Wills shake hands vs Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Chad Billingsley warms up prior to game vs Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Don Mattingly poses with Chicago White Sox Robin Ventura Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw has his sunglasses pulled up by teammate Scott Van Slyke vs Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Andre Ethier is safe at second base during game vs the Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy Lasorda makes his grand entrance to game vs Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Angel Guzman prepares to pitch vs Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Scot Van Slyke homers  vs Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Wilfredo Ledezma pitches against the Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

Los Angeles Dodgers Scott Rice pitches against the Chicago White Sox Monday, March 5, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2012

3/5/12-Something Historical–V.J. Lovero

Angels Photographers V.J. Lovero and John Cordes at the Big A in June 1990

V.J. Lovero and someone else photographed by Mitch Haddad at Dodger Stadium a long time ago.

Today is a special day for sports photographers in Arizona marking the annual Spring Training dinner in honor of sports photography legend V.J. Lovero at Don and Charlies. V.J. was the team photographer for the Angels and for Sports Illustrated for many years until his passing in 2004. His peers and friends led by Brad Mangin hold this annual dinner at Don and Charlie’s in honor of our friend. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend last year.

V.J. was a GREAT guy and his friendship during our early years as team photographers for each of our teams was something I will always cherish.

Having only experienced Spring Training in Vero Beach while V.J. was alive, I never had the opportunity to play in his over the line games with the photographers in Arizona. I heard it was a lot of fun.

Cheers V.J.!

 

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