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On the mounds at Dodgertown stood a pretty cool line-up of right handed pitchers….Darren Dreifort, Chan Ho Park, Ramon Martinez, Andy Ashby and Kevin Brown. Coaches Dave Wallace, Jim Colborn and Jim Riggleman watch over the session held in the strings area.
What was so cool for me was that everyone was in the Dodgers Classic home white uniforms this day instead of the blue jerseys that are worn the rest of the time.
I appreciate the Dodgers who continue to wear the home whites for Spring Training home games and regular season home games. A lot of teams have turned to the alternative dark tops which to me, look like a softball league.
All of my peers appreciate it too. Sports stock photographers from all over Florida use to make the drive to Dodgertown for our home games to get our team in white because no other teams were wearing their real home jerseys.
Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2014
1/6/13-Something Historical–Spring Training 1986-My First Posed Vin Scully Photograph—Photography by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2013
In what was my first posed photograph of Vin Scully, I asked him to pose with Tommy’s wife Jo, who was visiting Dodgertown. Seeing how much more relaxed everyone is during Spring Training, I had less fear of asking. As a young buck not knowing anyone during my first Spring Training, it was a huge step for me to get over my nerves and ask him.
I have taken a lot of images of Vin since that day and one of my favorites is from HIS bobblehead day in August of 2012 where divine intervention took place.
1/5/13-Something Historical-Ramon Martinez and Chan Ho Park 2001-Photo by Jon SooHoo/ ©Los Angeles Dodgers
3/31/12-Something Historical-Sandy Koufax and Orel-Mid 1990’s-Photography by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers
I asked the legendary Dr. Frank Jobe how he got Sandy Koufax to be in uniform for his fantasy camp in the 90’s. According to Jobe, he was standing over Koufax with tools in hands about to do surgery on him and right before he went under, Jobe asked him if he would attend his first ever fantasy camp for doctors. Koufax wisely agreed and the result for me was a wonderful session with Koufax and Hershiser. This is one of the coolest images from the shoot. I am not sure if Orel was throwing to anyone but the late day light filled under their caps with gorgeous sunlight and the deep, rich colors shot on Fujichrome 100D made for a wonderful image. This session was done on the mounds of the strings area at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. Shot with Mamiya RZ67. Other images from this shoot will presented down the road. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers
A view from Holman Stadium in Vero Beach,Florida during a night game against the Houston Astros from 2004. Night games were always a lot more relaxed and a sunset like this just added to the setting. Vero Beach was a wonderful place to spend Spring Training and I have a lot of special memories from the 20 plus Springs I spent there. Shot with Canon EOS-1D and 24-70/2.8. © Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers
As I begin another Spring Training for the Dodgers, I can’t help but look back at one of the reasons why I am able to do what I do. Herb Scharfman was a huge part of my life every Spring Training until he passed in 1998. He is most known as the face between Ali’s legs in Neil Leifer’s legendary photo. I knew him as a straightforward, no BS man with a great personality and a great love of the Dodgers both Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Back in the day of manual focus, he would come up with image after image of game action that I had trouble getting. He sat in what I called the death zone at Holman Stadium right next to the opponent’s bat rack. Home plate was at a perfect angle for Herbie to get taken out with any right hander’s foul ball. He would sit there and take it just waiting for his perfect moment for a play at the plate. While I would carry a 400mm, 80-200 and a 24-70 with my Nikon F2’s and F3’s, Herbie would have one body (FM2) and a 180mm primed for his play at the plate and time and time again he would outshoot me with it and come up with some beautiful plays at the plate. I can still hear him yelling at both team’s third base coaches “Send the damn runner!” I learned so much from Herbie during our endless drives down to West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale. Back in those days I-95 did not go through so it took forever to get to turnpike to get back on I-95 to the Braves/Expos complex and even more painful to Fort Lauderdale where the Yankees were trained. To ride with him in the his golf cart through Dodgertown on game day will always be one of the most nerve-wracking experiences I ever went through. One of my favorite times was prior to our home games at Holman Stadium when Herbie’s friends Mickey Palmer, Johnny Iacono, Jerry Wachter, Ron Modra Jack Billetti et al would come to have lunch with Herbie at the Dodgertown Dining Room. They would swap stories and laughs usually right up until game time. You are missed Herbie…..© Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers