Opening Day: April 10, 1962

By Mark Langill
  • Walter O’Malley’s Executive Box ticket for the Grand Opening of Dodger Stadium on April 10, 1962.Walter O’Malley’s Executive Box ticket for the Grand Opening of Dodger Stadium on April 10, 1962.
  • Artist Karl Hubenthal saluted the beauty of Walter O’Malley’s Dodger Stadium “pearl” as the Dodger President opened a baseball-shaped oyster.Artist Karl Hubenthal saluted the beauty of Walter O’Malley’s Dodger Stadium “pearl” as the Dodger President opened a baseball-shaped oyster.Copyright by Karl Hubenthal - All Rights Reserved. You are not allowed to cut and paste or use the Hubenthal Cartoons on this site without the expressed consent and approval of the Karl Hubenthal Family Estate.
  • The Dodger Stadium program from Opening Day 1962. The cover sketch is a self-portrait by artist Nicolas Volpe.The Dodger Stadium program from Opening Day 1962. The cover sketch is a self-portrait by artist Nicolas Volpe.Copyright © Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc.
  • Walter O’Malley is flanked by Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick (left) and National League President Warren Giles. A giant key to Dodger Stadium is displayed at the Grand Opening ceremonies on April 9, 1962.Walter O’Malley is flanked by Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick (left) and National League President Warren Giles. A giant key to Dodger Stadium is displayed at the Grand Opening ceremonies on April 9, 1962.Herald-Examiner Collection Los Angeles Public Library
  • A full house at Dodger Stadium watched left-hander Johnny Podres start the first game in Walter O’Malley’s new ballpark.A full house at Dodger Stadium watched left-hander Johnny Podres start the first game in Walter O’Malley’s new ballpark.Copyright © Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc.
  • Peter O’Malley looks on as his mother Kay gets ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch from behind the Dodger dugout in the Field Level seats.Peter O’Malley looks on as his mother Kay gets ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch from behind the Dodger dugout in the Field Level seats.
  • The Dodgers’ first opponent in their new ballpark in 1962 was Manager Fred Hutchinson’s Cincinnati Reds, the defending National League champions.The Dodgers’ first opponent in their new ballpark in 1962 was Manager Fred Hutchinson’s Cincinnati Reds, the defending National League champions.
  • Dodger Stadium received positive reviews from both the Dodgers and Reds on Opening Day 1962.Dodger Stadium received positive reviews from both the Dodgers and Reds on Opening Day 1962.
  • Eddie Kasko’s leadoff double off Johnny Podres in the first inning christened the new ballpark.Eddie Kasko’s leadoff double off Johnny Podres in the first inning christened the new ballpark.
  • The view from the right-field corner of the Reserved Level provided a postcard view of a packed Dodger Stadium.The view from the right-field corner of the Reserved Level provided a postcard view of a packed Dodger Stadium.
  • The parking lots were filled to capacity for the historic first game at Dodger Stadium.The parking lots were filled to capacity for the historic first game at Dodger Stadium.