Jumping into this thread here: I'm not incensed about the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles at all. Surely this has a lot to do with the fact that I was born 24 years after the move. But as an upstate New York native, it was part of their appeal - supporting a team that has such powerful roots in New York but was no longer in New York City.
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Ed actually a story in The Sporting News said that Horace Stoneham was quietly approached about going to the Flushing Meadow site. He said that Queens was Brooklyn Dodger territory, and that the Giants would not have a fan base there. This was after O'Malley turned down Flushing Meadows.
I' have it in one of my files. I'll keep an eye out for it. I can understand Feeney saying that, it would make Uncle Horace look even worse if people knew he was given a viable alternative to stay in NYC.
It was 1957, I believe after the National League gave their blessing, but before the official announcement that the Giants were moving.
Now don't no one go getting all thin skinned, I'm speaking tongue and cheek here . . . I grew up near San Francisco. They were the first professional ballclub I ever cheered for and during the earlier part of my youth . . . I thought the Giants had been in SF before the gold rush. I hated the reality of history back then . . . ha!
Did you take your user name from pitcher Biily "Digger" O'Dell? Stoneham was bamboozeled by O"Malley into going to San Fran. Major league baseball would have been in LA and SF by 1960 at the latest in any event. O'Malley wanted to get to the gold first but wanted to keep the rivalry with the Giants alive. O'Malley handled most of the negotiations between Stoneham and city officials himself.
O'Malley did block Jint move to Minn./St. Paul by envocing territorial rights, however he had no hand in the SF talks, as far as I know.
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O'Malley is the one who introduced Mayor Christopher to Stoneham. During a meeting O'Malley was said to have drawn up a rough contract on a napkin. O'Malley was the one to take Stoneham to Candlestick point. And of course O'Malley kept whispering in Stonehams ear about keeping the rivalry going on the west coast. To say O'Malley had no hand in the SF talks would be erroneous.