How the Angels were ripped off by Walter O’Malley

On this date, Gene Autry was awarded an American League franchise in Los Angeles. It would be the start of a four year strained relationship between Autry and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley. O'Malley called Autry his friend invariably. But in the meantime he did everything to make the latter's life impossible. Walter O'Malley …

Today in Baseball: Ebbets Field sold

Today in 1956, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley sold the home of the Dodgers, Ebbets Field, to real estate developer Marvin Kratter. Looking back, this was the omen of the Dodgers' move after the 1957 season. The sale to Kratter included a three-year lease, with an additional two years to be added in January, to …

Today in baseball: Dodgers acquire Robinson’s contract

Today it is exactly 72 years ago that the Brooklyn Dodgers acquired the contract of Jackie Robinson. It would take five more days before Robinson would make his MLB debut. It was during an exhibition game against their AAA team, the Montreal Royals, where Robinson was playing after he signed a contract with the Dodgers …

Should Jackie Robinson’s statue be at Dodger Stadium?

Sixty years after Walter O'Malley traded Robinson to the arch rival of the Dodgers, the New York Giants, the Los Angeles Dodgers will erect a statue to honor Jackie Robinson. California-based sculptor Branly Cadet will create the Robinson statue ,which will be ten feet tall, around the theme, “Leveling the Playing Field.” With the help …

Baseball Miscellaneous 6

Dodgertown in Vero Beach saved Dodgertown, the former spring training complex of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers was left alone by the team in 2008 when they moved to Arizona. The facility used to be a naval air station that was converted into a spring training camp with barracks, stadium, practice fields and a golf course …

Boston, Milwaukee and New York, a deja-vu for some players

I love the pic shown above. It shows Hank Aaron on the left and Willie Mays on the right. This is a picture with some historic significance. It shows two players with uniforms of the towns they started their career at, but uniforms of two totally different clubs. The picture also shows something that I …

Will Gil Hodges finally be elected into the HOF?

Gil Hodges, the manager that guided the Mets to their very first World Series title during their miracle run of 1969 (sorry Cubs fans), will mostly be remembered as the first baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers. With him the Dodgers won their only World Series as Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955.           …

Walter O’Malley, a visionair or a fraud?

I wrote the following piece for my monthly colum in the Cuban baseball magazine Universo Beisbol. In this piece I want to share my point of view on the move of the Dodgers to Los Angeles. Over the years, the LA press and especially the O’Malley family have re-written history in favour of Walter O’Malley. …

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