The Brooklyn Dodgers or "The Bums", as they were nicknamed, practice in Vero Beach Florida. The team trains under the supervision of manager Charlie Dressen. Russ Meyer joins the team from Philadelphia. Players at practice include Joe Black, Roy Campanella, and Gil Hodges. Children watch the practice session.
Defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers practice at spring training in Vero Beach Florida prior to 1967 baseball season. Sign outside the ballfield reads 'Vero Beach'. Brief shot of Dodger outfielders Willie Crawford and Ron Fairly (misidentified as Jim Fairly). Young female fans watch as Dodgers, Tokyo Giants and dignitaries hold a pre-game ceremony on the field. Dodger manager Walter Alston sits and talks with unidentified Japanese man. Tokyo pitcher (#15) pitches to Dodgers' Ron Fairly, who gets a hit, scoring Jim Campanis from third base. Alston smiles.
An Eastern Airlines DC-3 crashes in marshes near Vero Beach in Florida. Another airplane in flight over the area. Aerial view of crash scene from overflying aircraft. Men make their way in boat towards the crash. Views of the extensive damage from crash.
Baseball's defending champs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, get ready for 1964 baseball season at their spring training camp in Vero Beach Florida. Billboards outside the stadium. Players charge onto field. Shots of top Dodger pitchers Johnny Podres, Don Drysdale, Ron Perranoski and Sandy Koufax warming up their arms, with palm trees in background. Manager Walter Alston stands by the batting cage as a succession of Dodger hitters -- Jim Gilliam, Wally Moon, John Roseboro, Ron Fairly, Willie Davis and Tommy Davis -- hit baseballs and run to first base. Shot of U.S. flag and a smaller flag reading "Dodgers World Champions" flying from flagpole in strong wind.
Spring training camps for the 1957 baseball season, held in Florida. Brooklyn Dodgers practice and train at Vero Beach. Several Dodgers players seen, including Don Newcombe, Sal Maglie, Fred Kipp, Don Zimmer, and Pee Wee Reese. Visiting Japanese players from the Tokyo Giants stand and watch along side Walter O'Malley. New York Yankees practice at Saint Petersburg, including players Al Cicotte, Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz and Mickey Mantle. In Tampa, Chicago White Sox players like little Nellie Fox, Jim Wilson, Dick Donovan, Jack Harshman, Larry Doby and Walt Dropo practice.
Brooklyn Dodgers get ready for 1956 baseball season at spring training camp in Vero Beach Florida. Players seen stretching, throwing on field. Announcer, talking in stereotypical "Brooklynese," notes that manager Walter Alston (in closeup) isn't worried about the season even though 1955 World Series star Johnny Podres (#45) may get drafted. Announcer notes Alston concentrates on Brooklyn players seen hitting in batting cage: #4 Duke Snider, #39 Roy Campanella, #6 Carl Furillo, #14 Gil Hodges and #2 Randy Jackson. Final closeup of Alston.