Feliz cumpleaños maestro Jaime Jarrin
Vin Scully is the Voice of the Dodgers and Jaime Jarrin es la Voz de Los Dodgers. Jaime has been covering the Dodgers for the last 53 years!
Jaime Jarrin was born on December 10th, 1935 in Ecuador. Jaime Jarrin studied philosophy, letters, journalism and broadcasting at Central University of Ecuador in Quito in Ecuador. He had been the announcer for the No. 1 program on HCJB, the ‘Voice of the Andes.’ Jaime recalls leaving for the U.S. in 1955 on a cargo boat loaded with 100,000 bunches of bananas. When he came to Los Angeles on June 24, 1955, he had no job and he did not speak the language. His first job was working putting together chain link fences. He latched on at the only Spanish-language radio station in Los Angeles, KWKW. He worked in a fence factory all day, then broadcasted boxing matches at the Olympic Auditorium at night.
At the time, he had never seen a baseball game but he was intrigued by the game seeing fans watching the World Series on TV and hearing it on the radio that he said ‘This must be a great sport.” So over the next two years, he attended as many Triple-A games as he could, seeing the Los Angeles Angels at old Wrigley Field in South L.A., or the Hollywood Stars at Gilmore Field, on the site of what is now Farmer’s Market and the Grove.
When the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to L.A., KWKW became the team’s Spanish-language station. Jarrin spent a year learning the game, then signed on as the play-by-play announcer in 1959. The Dodgers won the World Series that year and Jarrin has been in the team’s employ ever since. He never missed a game from 1962 to 1984, more than 4,000 in a row, and was the 1998 recipient of the Ford Frick award by the Hall of Fame.
To me, like Vin Scully, Jaime’s voice soothes me . All is well listening to these two gentlemen.
Feliz Cumpleanos a nuestro maestro el senor Jaime Jarrin. Que cumpla muchos pero muchos mas y que Dios nos lo conceda con mucha salud. Muchas gracias por ser tan lindo con todos nosotros los aficionados!
Happy Birthday to our teacher Mr. Jaime Jarrin. May you have many many birthdays and that God grant you plenty of health. Thank you so much for always being so nice to us fans!