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This Day in Walter O’Malley History

August 14

August 14, 1953

Dodger President Walter O’Malley responds to a fan letter complimenting the work of radio broadcaster Vin Scully. O’Malley replies, “It was nice to receive your letter praising Vince Scully. I am going to take the liberty of sending your letter on to him. He is a personal favorite and we are so delighted to have him with us.”

August 14, 1958

Terry O’Malley, daughter of Kay and Walter O’Malley, announces her engagement to Roland Seidler of Los Angeles.

August 14, 1962

Comedian Jack Benny performed in Lake Tahoe and Mr. and Mrs. Walter O’Malley were present for the appearance. Benny was feeling under the weather but gave a great performance and O’Malley recognizes his effort. “I will never know how you could go on with your voice hurting as it must have but it was a great show and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.”

August 14, 1964

California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk is congratulated by a letter from Walter O’Malley for his appointment to the highest court in the state of California.

August 14, 1965

The Sporting News in their weekly editorial gives credit to the Dodger front office for the renewal of the contract of the popular Dodger Manager and his coaching staff for the 1966 season. “President Walter O’Malley and his front-office chiefs subscribed to a unique theory. They feel duty-bound to accept their full share of the blame when the Dodgers disappoint their backers—which has happened more than once. The Dodger front office refuses to camouflage its own shortcomings by firing the manager. Instead, the club’s management comes to grips with the real problem—failure to come up with the talent necessary to win. This may prove momentarily embarrassing to the entire Dodger family, but it pays dividends. What National League club has a better long-term record than the Dodgers.”The Sporting News, August 14, 1965

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