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This Day in Walter O’Malley History

May 9

May 9, 1935

Walter O’Malley attends a dinner for Culver Military Academy of Culver, Indiana at Hotel Lombardy in New York at 111 E. 56th Street. O’Malley graduated from Culver in 1922, before attending the University of Pennsylvania.

May 9, 1955

John Emerson Zeiter, Minister of Hanson Place Central Methodist Church in Brooklyn, writes a thank you letter to Walter O’Malley for providing tickets to the Protestant Council in the Borough of Brooklyn for the Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves game on June 2. O’Malley vowed to donate all proceeds to the Protestant Council for each ticket sold by the Council.

May 9, 1956

Walter O’Malley appears on a television panel show in New York, “Sports Press Conference” and states that there are several obstacles before a new stadium can be built for the Dodgers in Brooklyn. This is one of the reasons, he says, that the Dodgers are playing seven home games in 1956 and in 1957 at Jersey City, New Jersey’s Roosevelt Stadium.

May 9, 1956

Arthur Daley, the famed sportswriter of the The New York Times, is honored with the Pulitzer Prize for his column, “Sport of the Times.” Only a handful of sportswriters have won the honor. Walter O’Malley sends the following congratulatory note: “Dear Arthur: It was great to read about your Pulitzer Award. I hope that with it goes an annuity for life so that you can always live in the style to which you have been accustomed. Seriously, the award was well deserved and I do congratulate you and the Committee for having made an intelligent selection.”

May 9, 1956

Walter O’Malley sends a telegram to Thomas LeRoy Collins, the just re-elected Governor of Florida and the first Governor from the state in modern times to win two consecutive terms. “All the World Champion Dodgers congratulate Florida’s Dodger Governor on his latest victory.”

May 9, 1958

Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett broadcast on KTTV Channel 11 their first Los Angeles Dodgers televised road game from San Francisco’s Seals Stadium. It was the first of eight games to be televised from San Francisco in 1958.

May 9, 1962

William Stuckman, area manager of L.G. Balfour Company, writes a letter to Dodger P.R. Director Arthur E. “Red” Patterson regarding the Dodger Abners, which Balfour designed and the Dodgers presented to those participating in the Hollywood Stars Celebrity Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Stuckman writes, “One of the Dodger Abners was sent to Mr. Sid C. Keener, Director of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He wrote me that the Abner was most distinctive and is now on display at the historic baseball shrine. It was most pleasant to learn from you that the Abners have been so well received.” For celebrities returning to participate in the annual game, Walter O’Malley suggested to Patterson 14K gold Dodger Stadium cuff links or a tie clasp.

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