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Los Angeles Sends a Message

Acting on the approval of City Council, on September 23, 1954, Walter C. Peterson, City Clerk for the City of Los Angeles, sent a letter to the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Club and every other major league club owner stating the following:


At the meeting of the City Council of the City of Los Angeles held September 23, 1954, the following resolution was adopted:
“WHEREAS, Major League Baseball is destined for the West Coast of the United States; and
“WHEREAS, Los Angeles will play an important roll [sic] in Major League Baseball as soon as a franchise is granted; and
“WHEREAS, numerous steps have been taken to start action in an effort to bring Major League Baseball status to the City of Los Angeles; and
“WHEREAS, it is possible to achieve the franchise of a Major League Baseball Club in the near future;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That this City Council does hereby go on record in urging cooperation of all agencies of the City, County and State government to the end that a site might be agreed upon which will be suitable to the Major League Baseball Clubs’ owners; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all necessary preliminary steps be worked out to complete such arrangements; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the owners of the Major League Baseball Clubs.”

If nothing else, the idea was planted in O’Malley’s mind and a copy placed in his new stadium file.

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