Jaime Jarrin, A Long Time Spanish-Language Broadcaster For The Dodgers, Has Been Honored In A Big Way
There are few iconic voices in the world of baseball that have had the impact like the voice of Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrín. Since 1958, the first year the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, Jarrín’s voice has been a fixture in countless Spanish speaking homes across Southern California. When the Dodgers moved to LA, owner Walter O’Malley knew he needed a broadcaster that could not only speak Spanish but could connect with the emerging Latino audience in LA. Jarrín, along with with legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, have called some of the greatest moments in Dodgers history. That’s why its no surprise the team chose to honor Jarrín by inducting him into the Dodgers Ring of Honor for his incredible impact on and off the field.
Eighty-two-year-old Jarrín’s name is permanently affixed to Dodger Stadium.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 22, 2018
Jarrín joined the Dodgers as an announcer at 24 years old and has announced the Dodgers games ever since. He’s even called 25 World Series and 19 All-Star games during his 60 years of service to the team. Only 12 other people have the honor of having their name included in the Dodgers Ring of Honor which includes 9 baseball Hall of Famers. Jarrín received broadcasting’s highest honor in 1998 when he won the Ford C. Frick Award, becoming the second Spanish-language announcer to win in the award’s 40-year history.
Generations of Latinos have grown up listening to Jarrín call baseball games.
Quick story: When my grandpa came to CA from Mexico, he latched on to a baseball team. That team soon became his love for the last 35 years of his life. The voice that brought him to the game was Jaime Jarrin's.
— megan garcia (@garciamegan_) September 22, 2018
Dodger fans have been blessed to have two Hall of Fame broadcasters call their baseball games for the past five decades. However, it’s the cultural impact Jarrín had on the Spanish-speaking community across Southern California that makes him stand out.
His voice has echoed beyond the box score for decades and has a special place in Latino fans’ hearts. Jose Alamillo, a professor of Chicana/o Studies at Cal State Channel Islands, told the LA Times it was because of him many Latino fans began coming to Dodger games.
“Jaime was a staple in our home, and in many other Latino homes, the first voice who brought us the Dodgers,” Alamillo told the LA Times. “He’s played a big role in bringing a lot of Latino fans into the stands, making people more comfortable, inviting them to join in. Those radio broadcasts created a real sense of community.”
One of Jarrín’s signature phrases is “Se va, se va, se va!” call when a player hits a home-run.
— Los Dodgers (@LosDodgers) September 24, 2018
Jarrín immigrated to Los Angeles at 19 from Quito, Ecuador and barely knew a thing about baseball when he arrived. He worked at a radio station in Quito, so he was able to get a job reading news at Spanish-language station in Pasadena. He studied baseball before he got the broadcasting job with the Dodgers and learned from the best in the business, Vin Scully. Jarrín never missed a broadcast from 1962-1984, calling nearly 4,000 consecutive games. The streak ended when Jarrín took charge of all the Spanish-language radio coverage and production for the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Jarrín recently signed a contract extension that will put him behind the microphone till at least 2020.
Grew up listening to both Jaime Jarrín and Vin Scully and I feel so blessed/lucky to have been able to do so. So proud to be bilingual lol. They will forever have a special place in my heart. I love them both 💙 https://t.co/f9jkfIQnHN
— viviane (@Viv_Scully) September 22, 2018
There’s no doubt that his presence and calls behind the mic will be surely missed when he does leave but for now lets admire the legend that is Jaime Jarrin.
“It seems like it was just yesterday that I was at the Coliseum in 1959 and started my work with the Dodgers, the time goes so fast,” Jarrin said in a statement. “I’m still enjoying it just as much as I did 60 years ago. I love what I do, and it’s a privilege for me to be able to do it.