February 5th, 2013

Changing Times

February 5, 1956 – Hoping to keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn, New York City Mayor Robert Wagner and Brooklyn Borough President Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a Brooklyn Sports Center Authority, which proposes building a $30 million downtown sports center. The Dodgers will play 15 regular-season games in 1956 and 1957 during negotiations with city officials. The clock starts ticking when the Dodgers sell their home ballpark, Ebbets Field, to a real estate developer. Los Angeles political officials make contact with the Dodgers after the 1956 World Series and the team eventually moves to the West Coast after the 1957 season.