LAST LUNCHEON JAN. 24, 2014
Honoree: Jaime Jarrin
"The Spanish Voice of the Dodgers," Jaime Jarrin, received the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award from Vin Scully at the PPB celebrity luncheon held January 24 in the Sportsmen's Lodge.
Jarrin began broadcasting for the Dodgers in 1958, and was the 1998 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame. One of the most recognizable voices in Hispanic broadcasting, Jarrin is also heard on FSN Prime Ticket's SAP channel.
Born in Cayambe, Ecuador, Jarrin began work as a broadcaster in his home country when he was just 16 years old. He went on to become the announcer for the National Congress of Ecuador. He came to the United States on June 24, 1955. At the time, he had never seen a baseball game.
Jaime was the news and sports director of KWKW in Los Angeles when the Dodgers moved here in 1958. That station acquired the broadcast rights to Dodger games and Jarrin called them for the Spanish speaking audience. From 1962 to 1984, Jarrín never missed a game, calling close to 4,000 games over 22 seasons. The streak was broken only when he took charge of all the Spanish-language radio coverage and production for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
On June 11, 2012, the Dodgers, prior to their game against the Angels, honored Jarrín for 54 years of service. He was given a trophy and threw out the first pitch of the game. A video tribute was also made and shown. The fans received a blue colored T-shirt where the front of the shirt read: "Se Va, Se Va, Se Va." The Dodgers are the only team with two Baseball Hall of Fame announcers, English language announcer Vin Scully, who will be on the dais with Jarrin at the luncheon, being the other.
Jarrin studied philosophy, letters, journalism and broadcasting at Central University of Ecuador in Quito. His son, Jorge Jarrin, is a traffic reporter for English and Spanish radio stations in Los Angeles and is employed by the Dodgers in the Partnerships department. Jarrin and his wife, Blanca, reside in Los Angeles.
On the Dais: Front Row: Laura Diaz, Honoree Jaime Jarrin, Jorge Jarrin, PPB Chairman Jeanne DeVivier Brown, Back Row: Vin Scully, Larry King, PPB President "Commander" Chuck Street, Michael Young, (Don King Photo)