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This Day in Walter O’Malley History

July 9

July 9, 1952

Dodger star Jackie Robinson meets with Walter O’Malley at the Dodger offices, 215 Montague Street, Brooklyn.

July 9, 1956

Walter O’Malley and Baseball Commissioner Ford C. Frick meet in Washington, D.C. with Wilber M. Brucker, Secretary of the Army. O’Malley was in Washington for a Major League Baseball Executive Council meeting.

July 9, 1960

Walter O’Malley tells the Los Angeles Times that geographic expansion of Major League Baseball is inevitable. O’Malley said that he favors a plan that would present two nine-team leagues playing in three six-team divisions, with interleague play. “Under this plan, every major league city would get to see the Yankees, Dodgers, Braves, White Sox and all the other clubs of both leagues,” said O’Malley.Frank Finch, Los Angeles Times, July 9, 1960

July 9, 1964

“Chef” Walter O’Malley thanks his young granddaughter Carol Seidler for supplying him with starter for sourdough bread. “You must be a mind reader as my original sourdough starter finally ran out. Your new supply was put to work last weekend and while the first batch of bread was not up to our mountain standards it should be better the next time as the starter will have had more time to ferment. Many thanks.”

July 9, 1966

John Connally, the 38th Governor of the State of Texas, visits Dodger Stadium and Walter O’Malley during the Governors’ Conference in Los Angeles. On November 22, 1963, Connally was wounded as he rode in President John F. Kennedy’s limousine as it headed down Elm Street in Dallas. Like President Kennedy, who was shot in the head and left shoulder, both men were rushed to separate emergency rooms at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Connally suffered wounds to his back, chest, wrist and thigh. He fully recovered and was re-elected in 1964 and 1966. A Democrat, Connally switched his allegiance to the Republican Party and, in 1971, was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Richard M. Nixon.

July 9, 1968

Walter O’Malley attends the 1968 All-Star Game at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. The National League scored a first-inning run and made it stand up to win, 1-0. The next day he attends a National League meeting, followed by a joint major league meeting.

July 9, 2008

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A bronze plaque commemorating the achievements of Walter F. O’Malley is unveiled in the prestigious “Coliseum Court of Honor” by the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission.

The O’Malley bronze plaque is only the 55th one that the Coliseum Commission has awarded. Located on a column at the Coliseum’s peristyle end, the recognition is designed to “commemorate outstanding persons or events, athletic or otherwise, that have had a definite impact upon the history, glory and growth of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.” The bronze plaque is five feet tall and weighs 500 pounds.

The City Council of Los Angeles also declared July 9, 2008 as “Walter O’Malley Day” in the City of Los Angeles and presented Peter O’Malley, Walter’s son, with the proclamation.

Speakers for the bronze plaque ceremonies, emceed by former Dodger broadcaster Ross Porter, included Dodger Hall of Fame broadcasters Vin Scully and Jaime Jarrin; former L.A. City Councilmember Roz Wyman (1953-65); former Dodger Manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda; Dodger star first baseman/outfielder Ron Fairly (1958-69); Terry O’Malley Seidler, daughter of Walter O’Malley; and Peter O’Malley, former President, Los Angeles Dodgers from 1970-98.

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