December 7th, 2012
The Dodgers were the first Major League team in California, moving from Brooklyn after the 1957 season. But the American League St. Louis Browns were planning a move to L.A. after the 1941 season. The Cardinals were to pay the Browns $350,000 to leave the town they shared. The Browns were going to purchase Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field, home of the Pacific Coast League Angels, for $1 million. Cross-country train trips were scheduled because air trave. was not yet commonplace among sports teams. The MLB owners meeting was set for 12/8/41, but the attack on Pearl Harbor on 12/7 meant the Browns’ move was tabled. The Browns eventually moved to Baltimore and became the “Orioles” in 1954.