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In 1957, ten years after the Brooklyn Dodgers helped Jackie Robinson break the color barrier in the Major Leagues, they had their 67th and final season in New York. The Dodgers, just two years removed from their first World Series Championship, were seeking another title. Meanwhile, their team President, Walter O’Malley, was seeking a new stadium in the same borough the team had occupied since the last part of the 19th Century.
Ebbets Filed in Brooklyn, NY (Getty Images)
The once great Ebbets Field, which the team had called home since 1913, was not a suitable ballpark anymore. The stadium did not have enough seating to produce the amount of revenue a Major League team needed. There was also little to no vehicle parking around the stadium. This frustrated O’Malley, who was seeking a new privately funded stadium in the Atlantic Yards section of Brooklyn. This plan was shot down by New York City Building Commissioner Robert Moses. Instead, Moses proposed a new stadium in Flushing Meadows, which is in the borough of Queens. That site would later be home to Shea Stadium and currently, Citi Field. O’Malley refused the offer from Moses and sought another location for his team.
Former Dodgers President Walter O’Malley. (Getty Images)
While O’Malley was battling Moses over stadium plans, the season continued. The Dodgers finished their final season with a record of 84 wins and 70 losses. The team finished in third place in the National League. Centerfielder Duke Snider was the bright spot for the Dodgers in the 1957 season. Snider batted .274 with 40 home runs and 92 RBIs. He also hit his 300th career home run on July 20th.
While the city of New York was not willing to accommodate the Dodgers, the city of Los Angeles was more than willing to be their new home. Los Angeles was offering O’Malley everything he wanted, a new Stadium with ample seating and more parking space than the Dodgers would ever need. The most important part of the offer was a city with leaders who were willing to work with the franchise to make them happy. Before the season was complete, it was official; the Dodgers were moving to California.
The Dodgers won their final game at Ebbets Field on September 24th. The Dodgers had many seasons where they did not enter the postseason. This season was different, and the fans could no longer look forward to next season. It was over and the city’s beloved team in blue was history. The loss of the Dodgers crushed Brooklyn’s heart when they left for Los Angeles and the city has never been the same since.
Brooklyn baseball fans vilified O’Malley for moving the team. Many of those fans did not know the politics of the move. Many years later, it became more clear that the city of New York did not help O’Malley keep the team in Brooklyn. O’Malley tried his hardest but it just was not enough, and he had to do what was best for the franchise. It has been 65 years since the Dodgers called Brooklyn home, but all of the old fans that grew up with them still consider the Dodgers their home team.
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The L.A. Kings are on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Its their first time since 1993 when NHL Legend Wayne Gretzky played for the Kings. The Kings have never won the Stanley Cup and are more than ready to capture it this year.
The Kings had an average regular season finishing with a record of 40 wins, 27 loses and 15overtime loses. When April started and the final games before the post season were about to be played many thought the Kings would not even qualify for the playoffs. Well they did but barely and got the placed in the playoffs as the 8th seed. The Kings faced off against the 1st seeded Vancouver Canucks and shocked the hockey world by taking the series in 5 games. It was their first time making it out of the first round since 2001. The Kings then swept the 2nd seeded St. Louis Blues and the hockey world started to think, maybe these guys are for real. Last night it was confirmed when the Kings took game 5 against the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 4-3 in overtime to advance into the Finals. The Kings made history during this incredible playoff run by being the first 8th seeded team to beat both the 1st and 2nd seeded teams in the playoffs.
The Kings star through this playoff season has been their American born Right Wing Dustin Brown. Brown scored 7 goal, 9 assists and had 3 game winning goals in the playoffs. He has been their leader and the rest of the team has followed with incredible play. If he keeps it up he will definitely take the MVP trophy in the Stanley Cup.
The Kings must wait now to find out their opponent. The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are still battling it out in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Ranger and the Devils are set to play Game 7 tonight in New York. I have a feeling that the Rangers will take the game and advance to their first Finals since 1994. We will find out really soon.
L.A. Kings fan holding a sign that says it all.
The Kings have really sparked interest in Los Angeles for Hockey. The city has had their loyal fans but the casual fans left when Gretzky went to play for the Rangers in the late 1990s. The L.A. Sports Scene is really different this summer with the Lakers and the Clippers already out of the NBA Playoffs. The city of Los Angeles needs the Kings right now. This is the perfect opportunity for the Kings to brighten up the city with Hockey excitement.
I feel this is a Kings team that is destined to win the Cup this year. I did not think so going into the playoffs but I have seen the playoff greatness. This would be one of the most surprising NHL Playoff runs we have ever seen if they can capture the cup. We could be calling it the “King’s Cup” in just a matter of a couple of weeks.
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