Dodgers to host Veterans Day Batting Practice

The Dodgers will host approximately 300 pre-selected active duty service members and veterans from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and their families for batting practice at Dodger Stadium on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in honor of Veterans Day.

Dodgers alumni Ron Cey, Manny Mota, Billy Ashley and Dennis Powell, and the Dodgers Bobblehead character will be on hand at Saturday’s event, where service members will have the opportunity to take batting practice on the field as well as enjoy a behind-the-scenes Dodger Stadium tour.

It was all smiles for former Dodgers Ron Cey, Billy Ashley and Dennis Powell at last year’s Veterans Day Batting Practice event. (Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)

Service members will receive family photos courtesy of Blue Prints, a Dodgers Veterans Day T-shirt and lunch in the Lexus Dugout Club. They will also be among the first to see the Dodgers 2017 National League Championship trophy, which will be on display for photo opportunities.

Veterans Day Batting Practice at Dodger Stadium schedule:

  • 11:00 a.m.                               Check-in
  • 11:30 a.m.                               Welcome and introductions
  • 11:55 a.m.                               National anthem
  • 12:00 p.m.                              Batting practice/Stadium tours begin
  • 3:30 p.m.                                Program ends

Former Dodger and Viet Nam veteran Roy Gleason (left) and former Dodger Al Downing (third from left) pose with a group of veterans on hand for last year’s Veterans Day Batting Practice event at Dodger Stadium.
(Photo credit – Ron Cervenka)

Throughout the season the Dodgers honor military personnel and veterans with initiatives including an on-field recognition of a Military Hero of the Game at every home game and an annual Military Appreciation Night. For details on the Dodgers military programs and ticket promotions, please visit

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner expresses his gratitude to Marine sergeant Anthony Leyva at a game at Dodger Stadium on April 18, 2017. If fans watch closely, they will notice that Turner does this at every Dodgers home game. (Photo credit – Jon SooHoo)

Note: Saturday’s event is an RSVP-only event and it has reached capacity.


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