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August 10, 1979 headline in Los Angeles Times:
Fighter, 'Gambler'

O'Malley's Life:
Variety, Vision
and Challenges


Walter O'Malley passes away on August 9, 1979 and is remembered for his most rewarding life and, as he said about himself, took on "the challenges, fighting the battles." He was a man who enjoyed watching things grow, whether it was the westward expansion of Major League Baseball or cultivating exotic orchids in his greenhouse at home. O'Malley faced the challenges of trying to privately build a new stadium in Brooklyn to replace aging Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, as well as where to play in Los Angeles, a ballot referendum, lawsuits and delays to privately build Dodger Stadium. When it was all said and done, his legacy included fielding a championship-caliber team year after year, building Dodger Stadium and keeping ticket prices affordable for families (unchanged for 18 years).

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