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This Day in Walter O’Malley History

June 30

June 30, 1952

New York Mayor Vincent Impellitteri presents a plaque to Dodger President Walter O’Malley for the club’s contributions to the success of the Brooklyn Baseball Foundation. The Ebbets Field ceremonies were to rally support for the Dodgers and Yankees “Mayor’s Trophy” game on July 21 which benefits sandlot baseball. A thousand boys were on the field from 20 sandlot leagues. O’Malley presents Mayor Impellitteri with a lifetime gold pass to Ebbets Field.

June 30, 1962

Sandy Koufax throws his first no-hitter of his career when he defeats the New York Mets, 5-0 at Dodger Stadium.

June 30, 1964

As the Dodgers slipped to ninth-place in the 10-team National League standings, 10 games behind San Francisco, Walter O’Malley shows a vote of confidence for Manager Walter Alston. “I have full confidence in my organization, from top to bottom,” said O’Malley. “We’re better than the standings show. Of course, I’m not pleased. This is the lowest the team has fallen in the history of the Dodgers. I may have a talk with Alston later, although I usually leave that to (Vice President Buzzie) Bavasi.”Bob Hunter, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, June 30, 1964

June 30, 1965

David Dixon, the man most responsible for the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, writes a thank you letter to Kay O’Malley for the hospitality shown at a Dodger game. As a young businessman, Dixon read an article about Walter O’Malley working with inventor R. Buckminster Fuller to design and build a domed stadium in Brooklyn. Dixon recalled that the concept was for multi-purpose use and he wanted to discuss ideas with O’Malley. “You and Walter are such warm and friendly hosts that I know I shall remember my first evening at Dodger Stadium for many years to come,” wrote Dixon, who succeeded in getting the Louisiana Legislature to permit the stadium to be built in 1966. His brainchild, The Superdome, opened on August 3, 1975.

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