LA84 Foundation and Los Angeles’ unrivaled passion was on full display Thursday at Dodger Stadium as 50,000-plus fans celebrated Olympics Night. The evening featured a first pitch from Olympian and softball legend Lisa Fernandez, a rousing national anthem performance by Paralympic judo medalist Dartanyon Crockett, a commemorative coin celebrating the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, Olympians joining the festivities and meeting with fans, and Olympic-themed trivia and in-game activities throughout the game.
The program also featured the LA84 Foundation SAMbassadors, four of which announced “It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!” They were joined on the field and during the night by Sam the Eagle, the official mascot of the 1984 Games.
Also distributed as part of a special ticket package were authentic LA84 Foundation caps. Fans also had the chance to check out the LA84 Foundation’s exhibit on baseball at the 1984 Games, where it made its Olympic debut as an exhibition sport. All of the games in 1984 were played at Dodger Stadium, with Japan topping the United States in the championship game. Future major-leaguer Will Clark and 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Barry Larkin were among a Team USA squad of amateur players.