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Home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1962 to present

Home of the Los Angeles Angels, 1962 to 1965

(also known as Chavez Ravine)


BUILT: 1962

CAPACITY: 56,000

FIRST GAME: April 10, 1962 vs. the Cincinnati Reds (Reds 6, Dodgers 3)

DIMENSIONS:

Left-field: 330 feet
Center-field: 395 feet
Right-field: 330 feet

LONGEST HOME RUN: 506 ft. completely out of the stadium (one of only four ever to do so) by Willie Stargell

GOOGLE EARTH: View Dodger Stadium in Google Earth

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Dodger Stadium is the current home of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It is regularly among the leaders in attendance in Major League Baseball, often around 3 million. It is the site of the Kirk Gibson home run off Dennis Eckersley in the 1988 World Series. It is also known as Chavez Ravine, because of the former neighborhood on which the ballpark sits.

Stadium as seen from the air.

Chavez Ravine was a shantytown neighborhood inhabited by Mexican Americans when the city of Los Angeles identified the site for development. using eminent domain powers, the city expropriated the inhabitants in order to use the land for "public purposes". In fact, most of the land was turned over to Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley to build a ballpark, while O'Malley gave the city Wrigley Field in return, which was demolished and whose land could be put to use by the city.

[edit] Further reading

  • Robert A. James: "Field of Liens: Real-Property Development in Baseball", The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Vol. 39, Number 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 116-121.



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