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History in the Making: First Major League Game in Los Angeles


This view shows the enormous crowd of 78,672 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during player introductions for the first Dodger game in Los Angeles on Friday, April 18, 1958. The Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants, 6-5.
AP/Wide World Sports

By Brent Shyer

What a sense of elation Walter O’Malley must have been feeling as the Dodgers played their first game in Los Angeles on April 18, 1958. At least for the day, no clouds could rain on his parade. It was a perfect Southern California day; bright, sunny and clear with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees.

Having visited Los Angeles on only three occasions before making the momentous decision to go west with the Dodgers, O’Malley was not even sure where the ballclub would play months before Opening Day! Looking ahead a month and a half, a dark cloud hung over O’Malley, the Dodgers and the City of Los Angeles, as voters would be asked on June 3 to either accept a referendum known as “Proposition B” (affirming the approved contract between the Dodgers and the city) or reject it, which would send the team’s future into a tizzy.

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