I’m a dodger fan. There. I said it. Yes, I did hesitate. That’s because down through the years they have delighted and thrilled me, but also managed to enrage, confuse, and boggle my mind. Okay, I admit that last part was mostly because of press reports about the management, but you know what I mean. But, do I really know my team?
Years ago as kids in Detroit my team (and the team of my young buddies), was the Detroit Tigers. Yeah, that’s right: the Detroit Tigers. Well, what can I say- It was the early ‘50’s and I won’t dwell on it. Even today, my old buddies only talk of that era in whispers. So, I can honestly say, when I moved to LA I never looked back. It was “Go Dodger Blue” ever since.
Like most fans (including me) the Dodger team was a transplant from another part of the country. The LA Dodger team is well known and loved by local fans but, I wonder how many know their Dodgers have a past-a past nearly forgotten through the fog of time.
How would you like to peek at dodger history? My wife and I did just that several months ago. One rainy Sunday, in the dead of winter, we took a behind the scenes tour of Dodger Stadium. We were fascinated both with the workings of the stadium and the myriad of team facts and awards. You see, the history of the Dodgers before they move to LA reflected the evolution and history of the game, and to a small degree, the country itself. For instance, the name Dodgers (before the move to Los Angeles in 1957) was Brooklyn Dodgers, actually a short version of the original Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers. This name Trolley Dodgers, concocted by the local fans in 1892 alluded to the dangers inherent in those speedy new-fangled electric trolleys that were replacing the slower- safer- horse drawn trolleys in their city.
Interesting. So, if you really want to get to know our team go to http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com. Scroll down to the heading: Tickets, then to Stadium Tours. There you’ll find several different tours to choose from that will take you behind the scenes and show you Dodger stadium from top to bottom and discuss the history and triumphs of the team along the way.
Check out the map below. Dodger Stadium is close to downtown and an easy reach from most of Los Angeles City and beyond.
Remember, LA’s team- Once upon a time was the Trolley Dodgers. Now, for bragging rights about who really knows their team: Who were the Bridegrooms? Be sure to ask.
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Here are posts of other Uniquely Los Angeles destinations you will enjoy reading. If you’re looking for a pleasant outing plan a visit and enjoy yourself.
-Friends, Romans, and …Angelenos
-Bradbury Building-A Lasting Gem in Los Angeles
-The Last Book Store
-The Magic Castle
-Grauman’s Chinese Theater
-Page Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits
-Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
-Rose Bowl Stadium