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Opening Day: April 10, 1962

By Mark Langill

The daybreak above Dodger Stadium on the morning of April 10, 1962 marked the dawn of a new era in Major League Baseball and Southern California sports history. After an exhaustive construction process and a longer period of anticipation that stretched back to the Dodgers’ original arrival in Los Angeles in 1958, the team was finally going to play a home game in its own ballpark.
In an editorial titled “A Date With the Dodgers,” the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner previewed the opening of Walter O’Malley’s new ballpark as Los Angeles hosted the defending National League champion Cincinnati Reds in a 1 p.m. matinee:
“It seems only a few yesterdays in the past that the glamorous, fantastic, romantic, and at times almost unbelievable Dodgers streamed across the country and thereby transformed themselves from the Brooklyn Dodgers of baseball history into the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Walter O’Malley’s Executive Box ticket for the Grand Opening of Dodger Stadium on April 10, 1962.

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