On this Day, Oct. 8, 1957 – Brooklyn Dodgers Announce Move to LA


1957 – The Brooklyn Baseball Club announced that it had accepted a deal to move the Dodgers to Los Angeles.

When the decade started, the Dodgers had a new president, Walter O’Malley, who was originally appointed as the club’s attorney in 1941. In October of 1950, O’Malley became president and chief stockholder of the Dodgers, a position he would hold for 20 years.

As the 1957 season rolled around, the team on the field was overshadowed by the publicity of the team’s possible move to the West Coast. Since the early part of the decade, O’Malley had wanted to build a more modern stadium for his ballclub in Brooklyn. New York officials were unable to come up with a suitable site.

On October 8, 1957, O’Malley announced that after 68 seasons in Brooklyn, the Dodgers would be moving to Los Angeles. In a move to bring baseball to all parts of the country, the Giants also decided to relocate from New York to San Francisco. On April 18, 1958, the Dodgers played their first game in Los Angeles, defeating the Giants, 6-5, before 78,672 fans at the Coliseum.

1895 – The Berliner Gramophone Company was founded in Philadelphia, PA.

1918 – U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York almost single-handedly killed 25 German soldiers and captured 132 in the Argonne Forest in France. York had originally tried to avoid being drafted as a conscientious objector. After this event his was promoted to sergeant and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

1919 – The first transcontinental air race in the U.S. began.

1938 – The cover of “The Saturday Evening Post” portrayed Norman Rockwell.

1944 – “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” debuted on CBS radio. The day was also their 9th wedding anniversary.

1945President Harry Truman announced that only Britain and Canada would be given the secret to the atomic bomb.

1952 – “The Complete Book of Etiquette” was published for the first time.

1956 – Donald James Larsen (New York Yankees) pitched the first perfect game in the history of the World Series.

1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song “Great Balls Of Fire.”

1966 – The U.S. Government declared that LSD was dangerous and an illegal substance.

1970 – Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn won the Nobel Prize for literature.

1982 – In Poland, all labor organizations, including Solidarity, were banned.a

1993 – The U.S. government issued a report absolving the FBI of any wrongdoing in its final assault in Waco, TX, on the Branch Davidian compound. The fire that ended the siege killed as many as 85 people.

1998 – Canada and Netherlands were voted into the U.N. Security Council.

2001 – Two Russian cosmonauts made the first spacewalk to be conducted outside of the international space station without a shuttle present.

2002 – A federal judge approved U.S. President George W. Bush’s request to reopen West Coast ports, to end a caustic 10-day labor lockout. The lockout was costing the U.S. economy an estimated $1 billion to $2 billion a day.

2003 – Vietnam and the United States reached a tentative agreement that would allow the first commercial flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam War.


Source: losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com; On-this-day.com