Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Play


Update:  Some good news.  Just when I thought the Dodgers had given up on Hollywood Stars Night, they fooled me and started it up again.

The celebrity event hadn't been held since 2009, but this year (2015), the Dodgers finally resurrected the stars game once again, as a preshow for the June 6th, game against the Cardinals (although, granted, the celebs involved tended to be relatively minor ones).

Talk show host Larry King and producer Garry Marshall ("Happy Days") were team managers, as well as players (despite being in their 80s).  Celebs on the field included James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek"), Jaleel White ('Urkel' on "Family Matters"), Vivica A. Fox ("Independence Day") and Shemar Moore (from "Criminal Minds"), as well as soccer star Landon Donovan and WNBA star Lisa Leslie.

I'm not sure whether or not  the team will continue the tradition in the future.  Time will tell.

So, I'll leave this page up, for anyone interested in reading about past Stars Nights, but keep in mind that the article below was written in early 2010, when the event was still a regular annual event on the Dodgers schedule (and featured bigger stars).



Every summer, you can see dozens of Hollywood Stars donning baseball uniforms and taking the field at Dodger Stadium for the annual Hollywood Stars Night.

The celebrity game takes place before the actual Dodgers game - so you get two events for the price of one.

In its prime, the Hollywood Stars game brought out names like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. More recently, reports have it that most of the players are "b-list" celebs. Still, more than a few big names have been known to show up at the games over the years.

Who might you expect to see? Well, in recent years, celebrities have included:

  • Billy Crystal

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme

  • Tony Danza
    ("Who's the Boss")


  • David Boreanaz
    ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel")


  • Jon Lovitz
    ("NewsRadio")


  • Jimmy Kimmel
    ("The Jimmy Kimmel Show")


  • Dean Cain
    ("Lois and Clark: Superman")


  • Stephen Baldwin
    ("The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas")


  • Kevin James
    ("The King of Queens")


  • David Arquette

  • Garry Marshall

  • Jamie Foxx

  • Alan Thicke

  • Ron Masak

  • Bruno Campos
  • Michael Bolton

  • Ray Romano
    ("Everybody Loves Raymond")


  • Tom Selleck
    ("Magnum P.I.")


  • Corbin Bernsen
    ("L.A. Law")


  • Rob Schneider
    ("Deuce Bigalow")


  • Norm Macdonald
    ("The Norm Show")


  • Lou Ferrigno
    ("The Incredible Hulk")


  • Daphne Zuniga
    ("Melrose Place")


  • Harvey Korman
    ("The Carol Burnett Show")


  • John Astin

  • Sean Astin

  • Elayne Boosler

  • Jonathan Silverman

  • Kevin Eubanks

  • and many more...

   

Usually, they put the biggest stars in the infield, where they can be easily seen by the crowd, while the minor celebs end up in the outfield.

Event the Dodger players can be star-struck at times. In 1997, second baseman Bret Boone was blown away when he met Maureen McCormick, who played 'Marcia' on ''The Brady Bunch''!

They've been doing this for almost 50 years.

In 2010, the 52nd annual Hollywood Stars game will be held on Saturday, August 7, 2010, before the regular Dodgers game against the Washington Nationals. (So arrive early for these games.)

2007 stars included James Denton ('Mike' on "Desperate Housewives"), Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Green Mile"), Michael Rosenbaum ('Lex Luthor' on "Smallville"), Larry Joe Campbell ('Andy' on "According to Jim"), Adrian Pasdar (' Nathan Petrelli' on "Heroes"), James Van Der Beek ('Dawson' on "Dawson's Creek"), Shemar Moore ('Derek Morgan' on "Criminal Minds"), George Stults ('Kevin' on "7th Heaven"), Sam Page ('Casey' on "Shark"), Joe Mantegna ("Godfather III"), Gary Valentine ('Danny' on "King of Queens"), Corbin Bernsen ("Major League"), Danny Strong ('Jonathan' on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), LA King legend Luc Robitaille, L.A.'s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others.

In 2006, stars included Michael Clarke Duncan ("The Green Mile"), Jimmy Kimmel ("Jimmy Kimmel Live"), Lou Gossett Jr. ("An Officer & a Gentleman"), James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek"), Corbin Bernsen ("L.A. Law"), soccer star Mia Hamm, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and others.

Stars who appeared at the 2005 game included Rob Schneider, ("Deuce Bigalow, European Gigolo", 50 First Dates", "Saturday Night Live"), Jimmy Kimmel ("Jimmy Kimmel Live"), Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings"), Michael Clarke Duncan ("Daredevil", "The Green Mile"), James Van Der Beek ('Dawson Leery ' on "Dawson's Creek"), Michael Rosenbaum ('Lex Luthor' on "Smallville"), Jon Lovitz ("Saturday Night Live," "Stepford Wives"), Molly Sims ("Las Vegas," "Starsky & Hutch"), Bryan Cranston (Dad, on "Malcolm in the Middle"), Jeff Probst ("Survivor" host), John Silverman ("Weekend at Bernie's", "The Single Guy"), Patrick Warburton ('Puddy' on "Seinfeld") and many others.

Stars who appeared last year at the 2004 game included Tom Arnold ("True Lies"), Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark", "Clubhouse, "Out of Time"), Rob Lowe ("The West Wing"), George Lopez ("The George Lopez Show"), Alyssa Milano (Charmed," "Who's the Boss"), Jamie Kennedy ("The Jamie Kennedy Experiment"), John Cryer ("Two and a Half Men", "Pretty in Pink"), Will Estes ("American Dreams", "Scream"), Jamie Pressly ("Torque"), Kristoff St. John ("The Young and the Restless"), plus Carmine Giovinazzo, Josh Duhamel, James Lesure, Neal McDonough, Tim Meadows, Valente Rodriguez, Jonathan Silverman, Adrian Pasdar, Robert Wuhl, Anthony Anderson and others.

Stars appearing in 2003 included Tom Arnold ("True Lies"), Tony Danza ("Family Law", "Who's the Boss"), Kevin James ("The King of Queens"), Kevin Sorbo ("Andromeda", "Hercules"), George Lopez ("The George Lopez Show"), Stephen Baldwin ("Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas"), Jason Bateman ("Starsky & Hutch"), Norm MacDonald ("Saturday Night Live"), Ron Masak ("Murder She Wrote"), Benjamin Salsibury ("The Nanny"), Jimmy Kimmel ("Jimmy Kimmel Live"), Jonathan Silverman ("The Single Guy"), and many others.

In 2003, Billy Crystal hurt his back, Casey Sander ("Grace Under Fire") scraped his elbow sliding into home, and Tony Danza was hit in the face by a ball thrown by Esai Morales ("NYPD Blue").

Stars on the field in 2002 included Billy Crystal, Tony Danza, James Van Der Beek and Gene Simmons from KISS. 2001's players included Keanu Reeves, David Hasselhoff, Mark Harmon, Anthony Edwards, Kevin James and Garry Marshall. Hasselhoff, who played left field, also sung the National Anthem.

 Getting there: DodgerStadium is located just west of downtown L.A., just west of the Harbor Freeway. From the Harbor (110) Freeway, take the Stadium Way exit and follow the signs.


[For more information, or to buy tickets online,
you can access the Dodgers' official website at: http://www.dodgers.com.]



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