Answer: Los Angeles Coliseum
From the opening day game in 1958 until the end of the 1961 season, the new LA Dodgers called the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum their home field. The Coliseum, built in 1923 and designed to accommodate the 1932 Summer Olympic games and football events was not truly suited as a baseball venue. The distance from home plate to the left field wall was only 251 feet. Center field was 417 feet, and the right field line was 300 feet. The distances in left center field and right center field were 320 and 375 feet, respectively.
The size of the Coliseum afforded the largest ever baseball venue. In an exhibition game held on May 7, 1959 between the Dodgers and the New York Yankees, a record crowd of 93,103 spectators filled the Coliseum to honor beloved Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, who was permanently paralyzed in an automobile accident on January 28, 1958. This marked the largest crowd to witness a baseball game in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately, in the game, the Dodgers were defeated by a six to two score. In addition to the 1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, three games of the 1959 World Series between the Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox were played in the Coliseum. Each of the three games drew in excess of 92,706 cheering fans.
In a 2008 exhibition game between the Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox to commemorate the Dodgers 50 year anniversary in Los Angeles, 115,300 fans filled the Coliseum, establishing a record crowd for viewing a baseball game.
Answer: Manny Ramirez
After beginning his career for eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Manny went to the Red Sox for another eight seasons. In 2008, Ramirez became a Los Angeles Dodger. Although beginning the 2009 season with a 50-game suspension, Manny still banged out 102 hits, 19 of which were home runs. He batted .308 in the NLDS victory against the Cardinals.
Answer: Walter Alston
Walter Alston didn't have much of a Major League playing career as he struck out in his only appearance with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936. However, as a manager Alston attained Hall of Fame status. He took control of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and remained with the Dodgers until 1976, winning four World Series titles with Brooklyn-Los Angeles. Alston won 2040 regular season games for the Dodgers, and his uniform #24 was retired by the club in 1977. Leo Durocher and Pete Reiser were coaches on the 1963 Dodgers. Tommy Lasorda replaced Alston as Dodger manager in 1976.
Answer: Red Barber, Connie Desmond, Vin Scully, Andre Baruch
One of these famed telecasters later went to work for the hated Yankees.
Answer: Philadelphia Phillies
The Dodgers were known as the Trolley Dodgers in 1913, when they lost their first game in Ebbets Field, 1-0 to the Phillies on April 9th.
From Quiz: Ebbets Field
Answer: Willie Mays
Mays was a rookie, and Thomson's blast brought together Mays, Mantle, and DiMaggio in the World Series for the only time.
They were the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1911 and 1912, then from 1932 to the 1957 season. Before being named the Dodgers, they were the Brooklyn Robins in 1931.
Answer: Gary Sheffield
Shawn Green set a new record of 49 HRs in 2001, to break the record of 43 set by Gary Sheffield in 2000.
Answer: Walter F. O'Malley
The Brooklyn Dodgers played their final game in Ebbets Field on September 24, 1957, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 2 to 0. Unable to broker a deal during the 1950s with New York officials to build a new and modern domed stadium in Brooklyn for the Dodgers, owner Walter F. O'Malley announced on October 8, 1957, that the Dodgers would be moving to Los Angeles. O'Malley's decision effectively ended a 68 year relationship with the fans in Brooklyn and New York.
In October of 1950, Walter F. O'Malley purchased the shares of Dodgers co-owners Branch Rickey and John L. Smith, becoming the chief shareholder and president of the Dodgers organization.
Answer: Elysian Park
Although the Dodgers play at Elysian Park, they did play in Exposition Park when they first moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn. Dodger Stadium opened up for them in 1962. 2009 saw Dodger Stadium with over 3,500,000 fans in attendance for the fifth straight season.
Answer: St. Louis Cardinals
The Los Angeles Dodgers faced stiff opposition from the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1963 National League season. The Cardinals were led by hitters Ken Boyer (24 HRs, 111 RBIs) and Bill White, as well as by pitchers Bob Gibson and Ernie Broglio. The Redbirds ended the season at 93-69, six games behind the Dodgers. San Francisco ended up in third place at 88-74, Philadelphia had a record of 87-75, and Milwaukee won 84 contests.
Answer: Lou Johnson
"Sweet Lou" Johnson gave the club a huge lift with his timely hitting, clutch defense, and happy-go-lucky attitude. He ended up batting .259 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs.
Answer: Bill North
The Dodgers obtained Oakland A's speedster Bill North in exchange for Glen Burke. North didn't exactly solve their problems, batting only .234 in 110 games, although he did steal 27 bases for L.A.
Answer: Ch. 9
Channel 9 was the Cable before there was Cable. You could have seen old movies, old police shows, and all the New York Sports teams (in season) for free!
Answer: The Trolley Dodgers
Because of the proliferation of public light-rail transportation, dodging trolleys became an important feature of city life in Brooklyn in the early 20th century. Prior to the building of Ebbet's Field in 1913, the team divided its games between two ballparks, and team and fans alike had to dodge trolleys to make the games.
Answer: Chuck Essegian
Essegian, who hit only 1 home run all season, hit one in the Dodgers game two 4-3 victory. He came off the bench to homer again in their 9-3 win in the game six clincher.
Answer: Walter Alston
The great Walter Alston managed the Dodgers from 1954-1976. Although finishing in 7th place in the National League after the move in 1958, he carried the Dodgers in 1959 to a World Series, by defeating the Chicago White Sox 4 games to 2. Alston compiled 2,040 wins for the Dodgers in their history. Few know that 'Smokey' as he was nicknamed, played in one Major League game in his career, with the St.Louis Cardinals in 1936.
Answer: Hideo Nomo
Nomo's rating of 10.05 strikeouts per nine innings is tops. He pitched 694.7 innings as a Dodger. Koufax is second.
Answer: Third Base
Answer: Tommy Lasorda
Tommy Lasorda skippered the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 seasons (1976-1996).
Legendary Dodgers manager Walter Alston actually managed the team for a longer time, 23 seasons from 1954-1976, but his first four seasons at the helm of the team (1954-1957) were when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn.
Lasorda accomplished the rare feat of managing pennant winning teams during his first two seasons (1977 & 1978).
During his tenure as manager, Lasorda recorded a record of 1599 wins and 1439 losses.
Lasorda led teams recorded World Series Championships in 1981 and 1988. Lasorda teams also captured four National League Pennants and eight division titles.
In 1983, the Major League Baseball "Manager of the Year" award was established by Major League Baseball. Tommy Lasorda became the first recipient of the award for the National League. Lasorda was again honored with the award in 1988.
Following his retirement and in his first year of eligibility for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (1997), Tommy Lasorda was inducted as a manager.
On August 15, 1997, Tommy Lasorda was honored by the Dodgers organization with the retirement of his jersey number "2", an honor afforded only ten times in the history of the Dodgers organization.
Lasorda number #2 joined the rarefied status of elite Dodger greats including #1, Pee Wee Reese, #4, Duke Snider, #19, Jim Gilliam, #20, Don Sutton, #24, Walter Alston, #32, Sandy Koufax, #39, Roy Campanella, #42, Jackie Robinson, and #53, Don Drysdale.
Answer: Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson was the first African-American player to play in Major League Baseball. On his debut in 1947, he wore the number 42, and retired after the 1956 season. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1947, then the National League MVP in 1949. Robinson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962, then died 10 years later.
Sandy Koufax had incredible seasons for the Dodgers in 1963 and again in 1965. His number 32 became synonymous with pitching excellence. In 1963, Koufax went 25-5 with 306 strikeouts, and an ERA of 1.88. In 1965, the superstar lefty had another amazing season, compiling a record of 26-8 with 382 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.06. Koufax's number 32 was retired by the Dodgers in 1972. Koufax was also elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972. Don Drysdale, another great pitcher for the Dodgers, wore number 53. Dick Calmus was number 23, and Pete Richert wore number 45 for the Dodgers.
Koufax went 26-8 and Drysdale was 23-12.
Reggie Smith led the team with 29 homers in 1978. As for the others who were part of the 1977 quartet, Ron Cey hit 23, Steve Garvey hit 21, and Dusty Baker hit 11.
Answer: Happy Feltons' Knothole Gang
Happy was a rotund featured actor who also appeared on many of the "Golden Age" dramas of the day. The show featured interviews with the players and baseball instruction.
Answer: George Magerkurth
Magerkurth was attacked by a man who was identified as a parole violator. The attack took place on September 16, 1940, after the Dodgers had lost to the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.
From Quiz: Ebbets Field
Answer: Larry Sherry
Sherry was a rookie who was called up midway through the 1959 season. His brother Norm was a backup catcher for the Dodgers.
Answer: Joe Morgan
Morgan's blast off Terry Forster in the 8th inning gave the Giants a 5-2 lead. Ironically, the Dodgers and Giants entered this 3 game series tied for second, 1 game behind the Braves. The Dodgers won the first two games of the series, thereby eliminating the Giants.
The Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox 4 games to 2. After losing game one 11-0, the Dodgers bounced back behind the pitching of Johnny Podres, Don Drysdale, and Larry Sherry, to win their first Series in Los Angeles.
With a tragic-shortened career, Sandy won only 165 games. Don Sutton is tops with 233 wins, and Don Drysdale retired with 209 Dodger wins.
Answer: Raul Mondesi
He made it into the 30-30 club twice, in the 1997 and 1999 seasons.