Los Angeles's Historic Ballparks (Images of America)
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Baseball's long and storied history in Los Angeles has been played at venues including the turn-of-the-century Chutes Park, which was part of an amusement park, as well as Gilmore Field, where the Hollywood Stars played, and Wrigley Field, where many movies and television shows were filmed. The 1923-vintage Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum became the Dodgers' first home in California in 1958, when they moved from Brooklyn. Greater Los Angeles also featured professional baseball at Olive Memorial Stadium in Burbank, Brookside Park in Pasadena, on Catalina Island, plus at numerous diamonds throughout Orange and Riverside Counties, where legends including Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Connie Mack appeared. Most fans know Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium, but many other historic ballparks existed in Southern California. Their images are collected together here for the first time.
Field, the signal was sounded for equal rights fight.’ ” On May 18, 1956, Sugar Ray Robinson fought Carl “Bobo” Olson for the middleweight title, and won. This interesting angle was taken from the upper deck down the left field line at Wrigley Field. This beautiful exterior shot of Wrigley Field was taken in December 1960. The next season, the field would see its one year of Major League Baseball as home to the Los Angeles Angels. In 1957, owner Walter O’Malley traded his farm club, the Fort
STARS AND THE HOLLYWOOD STARS Gilmore Field at 7700 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles was home to the Hollywood Stars of the PCL from 1939 until 1957, when they and the Los Angeles Angels were displaced by the transplanted Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League. The stadium had a seating capacity of 12,987 and was a haven for movie stars and other celebrities throughout the life of the park. This stunning aerial shot features Gilmore Stadium (left) and Gilmore Field (right). Gilmore Stadium was
in Chavez Ravine is dated September 23, 1957, and it’s very close to what was actually built. This is a composite picture of the proposed Dodgers Stadium, dated March 13, 1958. This Herald-Examiner newspaper caption on this photograph reads, “Chavez Ravine wrangle at City Council (Zoning), May 25, 1960. Map of Chavez Ravine—Dodger Stadium layout, roads, etc.; H. Douglas Brown (against zoning); John E. Roberts (City Planning Director) for zoning.” A splendid aerial view shows Dodger Stadium
is seen at left. The view from home plate at Olive Memorial, below, looked off toward the San Gabriel Mountains. The grandstand at Olive Memorial looked like this (above) just days before it was razed. One of the plaques affixed to the outer stadium wall at Olive Memorial Stadium is seen at right. This panorama of Olive Memorial was shot on the day the stadium was destroyed. Some of the Olive Memorial artifacts from a 2001 display are seen here. The exterior of the Olive Memorial Stadium
Walter Johnson, and Satchel Paige all played here, and today Amerige Park (with a field named for Duane Winters, who served in city government for 26 years) is home to Fullteron’s Little League Junior Division and Pony Colt League (and the original wooden stands have been replaced by concrete). In 1935, director Ray Enright brought his movie crew here from Hollywood to shoot a comedy called Alibi Ike, starring Joe E. Brown and Olivia de Havilland (the film was about a rookie pitcher for the Cubs