Hall of Famers

Jaime Jarrin

Quito, Ecuador
Years with Dodgers:
Inducted into Hall of Fame:

Jaime Jarrin and his soothing and beautiful voice, combined with his colorful descriptions of game action, welcomed listeners of all ages to the Dodger Spanish-language broadcasts. Jarrin honed his craft of baseball play-by-play since he arrived in Los Angeles from his native Quito, Ecuador in 1959. Walter O’Malley was a firm believer that Spanish-language broadcasts were critical to the success of the Dodgers in Los Angeles’ ever-growing Hispanic market. The initial broadcasts on KWKW Radio began in 1958 with Jarrin’s longtime partner Rene Cardenas at the microphone (along with Miguel Alonzo and Milt Nava). Instrumental in building the large base of Latino listeners to Dodger broadcasts, Jarrin has always been a class representative of the Dodger organization (now serving as an ambassador), describing the games in an objective manner. In the initial years of Dodger Spanish-language broadcasts, Jarrin had to re-create road games by sitting in a studio and listening to Vin Scully’s descriptions. No small task, but it afforded Jarrin the opportunity to hear Scully and incorporate a similar storytelling style into the Spanish-language broadcasts. Jarrin became only the second Spanish-language broadcaster to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 1998 as winner of the Ford C. Frick Award.

Dodgers Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, circa the 1970s.Jarrin started his baseball broadcasting career with the Dodgers in 1959, the Dodgers’ second year in L.A. Jarrin announced his retirement from the Dodgers following the 2022 season. Jarrin was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as winner of the Ford C. Frick Award in 1998. Jarrin, a native of Ecuador, was instrumental in the “Fernandomania” excitement in 1981, as he served as the interpreter for all press conferences for Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.

Jarrin was the first recipient of the Southern California Broadcaster Association’s President’s Award in February 1998. Jarrin received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in September 1998. He is also a familiar voice to baseball fans throughout Latin America for broadcasting network games of the World Series, All-Star Games and League Championship Series. In June 2003, Jarrin was reunited with former Dodger star pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who became an analyst in the Dodger Spanish-language radio booth. During the incredible chapter of Dodger history known as “Fernandomania” in the early 1980s, Jarrin served as the interpreter for the popular Mexican star. Jarrin was named to the Dodgers’ “Ring of Honor” located in Dodger Stadium in 2018, an exclusive group of Dodger players and managers who had their uniform numbers retired, as well as broadcasters. In 2019, the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation recognized him as winner of the “Pioneer Award” for his early and sustaining career contributions to Spanish-language broadcasts in Major League Baseball.

Jarrin was the longest serving Major League Baseball broadcaster at the time of his retirement with 64 years of service. Jarrin retired following the 2022 Dodger postseason, having worked from 1959 through the 2022 season and postseason. A special on-field pregame ceremony and celebration was held at Dodger Stadium on October 1, 2022. Jarrin and his son Jorge continue to work with the Blanca and Jaime Jarrin Foundation which supports charitable, educational and athletic programs in the Los Angeles area.