1963: A Sweeping Success. Forty-five years ago, the Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees at Dodger Stadium to become World Champions. It remains the only World Championship that the Dodgers won on their home field. The Dodgers’ achievement of sweeping the Yankees was one of the greatest moments for owner Walter O’Malley.
Great Ideas at Dodger Stadium (that never made it to first base!). Dodger owner Walter O’Malley worked closely with renowned engineer Capt. Emil Praeger and Dodger Vice President, Stadium Operations Dick Walsh on every decision concerning the building of Dodger Stadium. In this interview with Walsh, he shares for the first time the many ideas that were considered, but why they were eventually rejected.
O’Malley Inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame. Visionary Walter O’Malley established his permanent place in baseball history, as he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame “Class of 2008” on July 27, 2008. Of the 286 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame, there are only 26 in the “Pioneers/Executives” category including O’Malley, who passed away on August 9, 1979. O’Malley and Seidler families attended the many activities of Induction Weekend in Cooperstown, New York.
Bronze Plaque dedicated for O’Malley in “Coliseum Court of Honor.” A bronze plaque was unveiled in the “Coliseum Court of Honor” by the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission, recognizing the significant achievements of Walter F. O’Malley on July 9, 2008. The O’Malley bronze plaque is only the 55th one that the Coliseum Commission has awarded and is located on a column at the Coliseum’s peristyle end. In their first four seasons (1958-61) in Los Angeles, the Dodgers played home games at the Coliseum.
Downey Dodgers? If Los Angeles voters had not affirmed the referendum “Proposition B” in 1958, where would Walter O’Malley have built a new stadium in Southern California? There were other choices made known to him where the Dodgers could play, but they were not all in Los Angeles.
Dodgertown Memories. The Dodgers set up their Spring Training base at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida in 1948. Under the leadership of Walter O’Malley and later his son Peter, Dodgertown developed into baseball’s top-ranked Spring Training site and, sixty years later, players and others still reminisce about their memories of the historic site.
History in the Making: First Major League Game in Los Angeles. The Dodgers played their historic first game in Los Angeles on April 18, 1958 before the largest regular season crowd of 78,672 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, their temporary home from 1958-61 while Dodger Stadium was being designed, built and privately financed by Walter O’Malley.
A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On at Dodger Stadium. In March 1966, rock ‘n’ roll superstar Elvis Presley drives a race car in the Dodger Stadium Parking Lot filming scenes for “Spinout”, his 22nd feature movie. A mere five months later, the Beatles held the first concert at Dodger Stadium. The August 28 concert is their second-to-last public appearance.
This Month In Walter O’Malley History. The Month of January is posted in
this feature which will be updated throughout 2005 as each month occurs.
Important happenings, accomplishments, anecdotes and key dates in the life
of Walter O’Malley and his family are included.
O’Malley - Fuller Connection. This feature article explores the relationship between inventor, engineer and architect R. Buckminster Fuller and Walter O’Malley. O’Malley wanted to build in Brooklyn baseball’s first domed stadium in the mid-1950s.
“Short Stops” Expands. Additional “Short Stops” including the many cartoonists who depicted Walter O’Malley in their work; the error that O’Malley found in a Sports Illustrated illustration of a baseball; and Charles Ebbets’ 1912 explanation of his vision for Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.
Additional Cartoons. Many cartoons depicting Walter O’Malley have been added to the Multimedia section under the heading of “Cartoons.”
Search Function. From any page, the site is fully searchable for names and phrases to enable you to find page references.
Don Newcombe Feature. An in-depth question and answer article with Dodger Cy Young-award winning pitcher Don Newcombe and the role he played in the last weekend of the 1951 season.
Jackie Robinson. The Hall of Fame page on Jackie Robinson has been expanded to include more photographs during his very distinguished career, while one of his greatest games is discussed by Don Newcombe in the above Q & A feature.
Headlines. View actual newspaper headlines from O’Malley and
Baseball Memorabilia in 360-degree Virtual Reality. View more than 25 autographed Dodger team baseballs, including ones from World Championship years in 1955, 1959, 1963 and 1965 during O’Malley’s presidency, which can be fully rotated. Four no-hitter baseballs autographed by Dodger Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax can also be viewed in VR technology.
Education at Culver and Penn. Expanded information about O’Malley’s education and extracurricular activities at Culver Military Academy and the University of Pennsylvania.
Short Stops. In the Short Stops anecdotal section, a TIME Magazine cover features O’Malley in 1958, while the Dodgers have been the focal point of Sports Illustrated covers.