Appreciation: With heat and generosity, Annette O’Malley cultivated Dodgers’ household ambiance


Peter O’Malley was charmed by the lady visiting from Denmark. He invited her to the Hollywood Bowl, the place he regarded ahead to introducing her to associates with whom he loved live shows.

“That’s after I realized, ‘Whoops, I didn’t get her final title,’” O’Malley stated.

He was not about to let a element like that spoil his date.

“You keep in mind Annette,” O’Malley stated to every of his associates, none of whom had met her.

Inside a yr, her final title was O’Malley. After 52 years of marriage, Annette O’Malley died final week. She was 81, and the household stated she died “after a long-standing lung illness.”

Annette and Peter O'Malley attend the L.A. premiere of the movie

Annette and Peter O’Malley attend the L.A. premiere of the film “42” on April 9, 2013.

(Eric Charbonneau / Invision for Warner Bros. / Related Press)

Peter and Annette O’Malley met in 1970, the primary yr Peter changed his father as president of the Dodgers. The O’Malley household owned the group till 1998.

“It was an honor to know Annette for greater than 50 years,” former Dodgers common supervisor Fred Claire stated. “Annette’s heat and caring persona received the respect of all of us within the Dodgers group throughout the O’Malley period.”

Annette Zacho was born in Roskilde, Denmark, on Feb. 1, 1942. Her pursuits had been within the arts, not in sports activities. She was working as a fancy dress designer on the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen when she visited Los Angeles, to see whether or not she may be capable of break into Hollywood, and he or she met O’Malley at a cocktail party hosted by Danish opera star Lauritz Melchior.

Zubin Mehta, conductor emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, stated Annette O’Malley emerged as a key participant within the cultural material of Los Angeles. Dorothy Buffum Chandler, the spouse of former Los Angeles Occasions writer Norman Chandler, recruited Annette O’Malley to the Superb Blue Ribbon 400, a serious help group for the Music Heart.

The O’Malleys loved Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in live performance, and Mehta stated he loved Dodgers video games with the O’Malleys — and with actor Danny Kaye, who as soon as wrote and carried out a track known as “D-O-D-G-E-R-S (Oh, actually? No, O’Malley!).”

Stated Mehta: “Annette, coming from a totally totally different tradition, I believe it was so admirable how she modified her entire strategy to Peter’s world. She was there each evening on the video games.”

On her first go to to Dodger Stadium, Peter O’Malley stated Annette was amazed by how clear the ballpark was.

“In these days, the stadiums in Europe had been sort of dingy,” he stated.

The O’Malleys wed in 1971, and her baseball training began in earnest the next spring, on the Dodgers’ legendary spring house in Vero Seaside, Fla. One of many interns who would deliver drinks to the O’Malleys and their company at Holman Stadium was Derrick Corridor, now president of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“It was at all times Annette who greeted me with a thanks, and by title,” Corridor stated. “It was surprising to me that the proprietor’s spouse would know who an intern was, however that was who she was.”

The O’Malley household lengthy believed in rising the game internationally, and Annette joined Peter on journeys to Asia and Latin America — typically on excursions with the Dodgers, typically not.

In 1984, two months after Peter O’Malley and Dodger Stadium hosted the primary Olympic baseball video games in 16 years — he underwrote them — Annette O’Malley threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Recreation 7 of the championship collection of the highest Korean league.

“It was essential for him to create relationships throughout the globe,” Corridor stated, “however a giant motive that he was ready to take action was due to her.”

The O’Malleys prided themselves on a household ambiance. Certainly, Peter O’Malley has stated one motive his household bought the Dodgers to Fox was that, amid the explosion of participant salaries by way of free company, a household would wrestle to match the wealth of a company. On reflection, there’s something wistful about this sentence from a 1991 Occasions profile of Peter O’Malley: “Some within the group say the demand for ever-greater income means modifications at Dodger Stadium: luxurious bins, maybe, or promoting on the outfield partitions.”

That ambiance could also be a reminiscence now, however Annette O’Malley will get a lot of the credit score, notably for Dodgertown springs highlighted by poolside barbecues, carnival video games and Christmas-in-March celebrations for Dodger households.

“She made everybody really feel like they had been a part of the household, which was necessary to Peter,” Corridor stated. “If you happen to labored for the Dodgers, be it within the minor leagues or on Elysian Park Avenue, you had been a part of the O’Malley household. I’d give her as a lot credit score as I’d give Peter.”

Stated Jaime Jarrín, the Dodgers’ retired Corridor of Fame announcer: “Actually, I don’t have sufficient phrases to let you know how candy she was.”

Along with her husband, Annette O’Malley is survived by her sister, three youngsters and eight grandchildren. Funeral companies had been personal.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here