They didn’t start out in Los Angles when they became a baseball team. They were known as the Brooklyn Grays. Yes, they were known as the Brooklyn Grays and they started out as the Inter state association of Professional Baseball Clubs. They drew 6,431 fans to their first home game on May 12, 1883. The Grays join the American Association for the 1884 season. They won the American Association league championship in 1889. They moved to the National League and they won the NL championship in 1890. However, they lost to the NL Giants in 1889 and the tied with the Louisville Colonels in 1890. They won the NL championship in 1899 and again in 1900.
The Dodgers had some nicknames over the time, here are some of the nicknames.
- Brooklyn Atlantics
- Trolley Dodgers
- Finally becoming the Dodgers in 1930
National League Pennants
While in Brooklyn,
While in LA
As a Brooklyn Dodger, Jackie became the African American to play baseball, On April 15, 1947, was his first major league game. He was a major player in the baseball arena. There is a movie called 42 (link) for him.
Move to LA
When Walter O’Malley acquired the Dodgers in 1950 he wanted to build a new stadium as they weren’t able to get people to come out to to the games since the stadium was such a rundown place. LA wanted a team and O’Malley wanted to move. So LA gave him what New York couldn’t and that was a chance to buy land and own the ball mark., giving him complete control over all the revenue that was coming in.
Along the way, he convinced Horace Stoneham to move the San Francisco. Thus both the Dodgers and Giants moved to the West Coast.
Since 1901 the attendance has reached 175 million. In 2007 3.8 million fans showed upsetting a season record attendance record. Which means that the Dodgers have a loyal fan base.
Frank McCourt era
He and his wife got divorced and he Paid her $131 million for her part, however, the led to a hard time for the payroll of the team. The team was sold and now they are moving forward.
Radio and Television
Vin Scully was the voice of the Dodgers for 66 years, from 1950 to 2016.
Been to Dodger stadium several times and love it.