Fifty Years Ago Today
I know we’ve got plenty of East Coast fans who still check out this blog and I’ll apologize in advance for opening any wounds that have finally closed. That said, it was 50 years ago today that one of my esteemed predecessors, Red Patterson, handed reporters a press release at a Brooklyn hotel to announce that the team was leaving for Los Angeles (a reminder of how media has changed as well as the game of baseball over the past half century).
Steve Springer of the L.A. Times has spent the last few months researching the period when the Brooklyn Dodgers became the Los Angeles Dodgers and his fantastic two-day, four-story piece was in yesterday’s paper and today’s. For those who missed it, it’s some very interesting reading that also clarifies some of the circumstances around those who resided in Chavez Ravine before the Dodgers did.
Article 3 (Vin Scully’s recollections)
And over on Yahoo.com, the Springer family continues the look back at the move, as Steve’s son Alan, has a video piece with Tommy Lasorda on his memories.
For the real history buffs, our friends at walteromalley.com have put together an awesome site filled with photos, documents and stories about the man who is almost single-handedly responsible for the expansion of baseball to the West Coast. One of these days, the Hall of Fame will induct him posthumously in Cooperstown. Until then, it’s up to all of us to remember how this franchise came to be the one we all live, breath and love every day.