Dodgers move to Los Angeles California from Brooklyn
After the Dodgers were at Ebbets Field, Walter O’Malley began looking to buy new land in Brooklyn and would make it more suitable since Ebbets Field was old, even if the Dodgers made it to the pennant there would be no way to sell it. a game even after the Dodgers dominated the league from 46 to 57.
Robert Moses, a construction coordinator from New York, wanted to force Walter O’Malley to use an area in Flushing Meadows, Queens. Which later became Shea Stadium. Robert Moses wanted a city owned park as well as a built city, which was not Walter O’Malley’s idea. When O’Malley couldn’t find a piece of land in Brooklyn that would be suitable for a park, he began to think of other options.
The years since World War II saw routine, nonstop transcontinental air travel, and baseball teams no longer had to wait for slow train schedules. Due to the advancement of transportation, they were able to place the baseball teams further apart. Even as far west as California, being able to have the same baseball schedules.
During the 1956 World Series, Los Angeles officials attended the game hoping that a baseball team would move to the City of Angels the Dodgers didn’t even have in mind. The target of Los Angeles officials was the Washington Senators, but in 1961 they moved to Bloomington, Minnesota, where they would become the Minnesota Twins. Walter O’Malley was looking for other options in case New York politicians and Robert Moses wouldn’t let him build a stadium in Brooklyn that he wanted, O’Malley began talking to Los Angeles officials to let them know he was interested. in moving the Los Angeles baseball team. New York would not offer O’Malley a proper stadium to build a stadium in and Los Angeles offered O’Malley the chance to own the stadium, which would give him full control of all the revenue he would receive.
Horace Stoneham, the owner of the Giants, was having the same problem finding a home stadium for his baseball team, which at the time was located at the Polo Grounds. Giants owner Stoneham was thinking of moving the baseball team to Minneapolis, but officials persuaded the Giants to move to San Francisco, resulting in two rival teams in the National League, the Giants and Dodgers. . It would bring them closer than their previous St. Louis location, so both baseball teams after the 1957 baseball season moved to the West Coast together.
On September 24, 1957, the Brooklyn Dodgers would play their last baseball game at Ebbets Field, where the Dodgers played against the Pittsburgh Pirates in which they defeated the Pirates by a score of 2-0.
The Los Angeles Dodgers on April 18, 1958 played their first baseball game in Los Angeles against the San Francisco Giants, the former New York team, in front of 78,672 baseball fans at the new Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Dodgers defeated the Giants by a score of 6.-5.