Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This Day In Dodger Baseball

Today is an important day for Los Angeles Dodgers history. 49 years ago today Walter O'Malley purchased the land at Chavez Ravine that would eventually become Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles Dodgers fans still flocked to see their new team at the L.A. Coliseum, but Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley had a larger vision. And on Feb. 18, 1960, O'Malley purchased land at Chavez Ravine just north of downtown Los Angeles for a reported $494,000.

By that time, the San Francisco Giants -- who moved west with the Dodgers prior to the 1958 season -- were preparing to open Candlestick Park, which hosted its first game on April 12, 1960. But the patient O'Malley believed that after years of legal wrangling Chavez Ravine would be worth the wait. After two more years in the Coliseum, O'Malley proved to be right.

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