(Redirected from Chavez Ravine)
(also known as Chavez Ravine when hosting the Angels)
- First Hit (Double): Eddie Kasko
- First Single: Vada Pinson
- First Triple: Daryl Spencer
- First HR: Wally Post
- First Run: Eddie Kasko
- First RBI: Vada Pinson
- 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
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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. When it first opened in 1962, it was the shared home of the Dodgers and the American League's Los Angeles Angels; the Angels called the ballpark Chavez Ravine during the four seasons they made it their home, until the end of the 1965 season, after which they moved to Anaheim Stadium.
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.
The ballpark's address was 100 Elysian Park Avenue, until in April 2016, the Los Angeles City Council decided to rename the street "Vin Scully Avenue" in honor of the team's legendary broadcaster, Vin Scully, who was entering his 67th and final season behind the microphone.
- 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.
- Jerald Podair: City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2017. ISBN 978-0-6911-2503-9