June 13th, 2012

Ticket Please …

When Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, general admission patrons in the Left and Right Field Pavilions were supposed to use a “coin” system, similar to a subway token. The concept made sense in terms of saving costs of printing tickets. But the pennant race in 1962 produced “coin horders,” which meant enterprising fans would purchase extra coins to ensure seating for a Dodgers-Giants game in late July. When overflow crowds appeared around the Pavilion box offices, the coin concept was scrapped in favor of the paper tickets.

Each side of the coin featured the “LA” logos of both the Dodgers and American League Angels. During their time at Dodger Stadium from 1962-65 the Angels referred to their home games as being played at “Chavez Ravine.” The coins remained in storage at Dodger Stadium until the 30th anniversary of the ballpark in 1992 when some of the inventory was made into a three-coin gift set for season-ticket customers.

PHOTO: General admission coins from Dodger Stadium in 1962; the Dodgers Yearbook that season touted the roads to the new ballpark. The American League Angels played at “Chavez Ravine” from 1962-65.