September 18, 1952
Walter O’Malley flies to Boston to host a lobster dinner for the Dodger players and the traveling party. The Dodgers swept the three-game series from the Braves en route to winning the National League Pennant.
September 18, 1952
In an effort to find the best possible solution to the grass at Dodgertown’s new Holman Stadium, Walter O’Malley writes to Mr. O.S. Baker of Miami, Florida: “Dr. Fred V. Grau of the United States Golf Association tells me that you have been growing Zoysia matrella and Meyer zoysia. The Brooklyn Dodgers are building a small concrete and steel baseball stadium at Vero Beach, Fla. The work is under the direction of Mr. Bud Holman of Vero Beach, Fla., who is our local director. We are now ready to spread 1000 yards of marle over the natural sandy terrain to which we have added a quantity of muck. We have asked the Monsanto Chemical Company if their product Krilium would also be good to add at this time. We thought that with the time being so short, as we want to have the field in playing condition by next February 15th, that perhaps we would plant with St. Augustine cuttings and replace the following year with a better grass...We are more interested in a grass that produces its runners underground. If there is anything in the above situation of interest to you I wish you would call Mr. Holman.”
September 18, 1953
Walter O’Malley holds a National League Pennant celebration for the Dodger players and their spouses in an unusual fashion. First, his guests were treated to a performance of the “Ice Capades” at Madison Square Garden. After the ice show, O’Malley hosted a reception at the Lexington Hotel with a Hawaiian theme. Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo and Carl Erskine formed a mock orchestra and pretended to play musical instruments as dancers performed a Hawaiian hula.
September 18, 1955
The Brooklyn Dodgers celebrate at the Hotel Roosevelt after they had clinched the 1955 National League Pennant.
September 18, 1959
The day following Groundbreaking Ceremonies for Dodger Stadium, Walter O’Malley is quoted in the Los Angeles Examiner as stating, “Gracious sakes alive, we had no idea this many people would show up.” A crowd of some 5,000 arrived for the ceremonies. Columnist Vincent X. Flaherty added, “Although this particular affair will be long gone and forgotten by the time the new Dodgers baseball stadium rises from the arid ravine ten months hence, thousands of people wedged into the area just to say ‘I was there.’ They came armed with picks and shovels and, while none struck oil, or even a strain, they participated in a pristine dirt disposal program, packing the earth into little Dodger souvenir boxes especially provided for the occasion.
September 18, 1962
An entourage of 30 Mayo Clinic doctors and administrators board the Dodger Electra plane in Rochester, Minnesota to attend that night’s Dodgers game in Milwaukee as guests of Walter O’Malley. The Dodgers lost to the Braves, 10-5, but held onto their 3 1/2-game lead in the National League standings.
September 18, 1974
Cary Grant was a great Dodger fan and a regular guest of Walter O’Malley for games, but on this night, Grant brings along another English actor to enjoy a Dodger game, Peter Sellers. Sellers starred in several motion pictures that included “The Pink Panther,” “Being There” and “Dr. Strangelove.”