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    Perhaps the worst Major League ballpark of all time was the Los Angelos Memorial Coliseum. Of course the Coliseum was never meant to be a baseball stadium. Itwas built for the Olympics, and to be a football stadium. Walter O'Malley, the man who said he had to leave Brooklyn because his team had no place to play, moved his team to a city where his team had no place to play. Though O'Malley had promises of getting Chavez Ravine the people of LA were still two years away from giving the necessary votes to complete the dea. Thus the Bio O arrived in LA with his team and no place to play. Wrigley Field was deemed to have too few seats for O'Malleys liking. Upon first look the Coliseum was found, to be unsuitable for a major league ballpark. Ther was no way to fit a ballfield in the Coliseum properly. O'Malley then turned his eyes to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. After months of wrangling with the City of Pasadena it looked like a deal could be worked out. Warren Giles President of the National League told O'Malley that if he played in Pasadena, LA would be an open territory and the American League could move in. O'Malley then forced the Coliseum into a ballpark. Down the left field line was only 250 feet, and even though a 40 foot high screen was erected balls flew over the wall regularly. Center field and right field looked like the Grand Canyon and effectivly took the bat out of Dodger slugger Duke Sniders hands. What the Coliseum did have , to O'Malleys glee was a lot of seats that could be sold. Of course you couldn't see the field without binoculers from many of the seats, but many of the La fans didn.t go to see the game anyway. I am sitting here looking at a photograph of the Coiseum while I write this and I still shake my head.
    Lets get Eddie Basinski elected to the Polish Sports Hall of Fame.
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    Here's a pic of the LA Coliseum from it's baseball days.Enjoy!

    Note the enormous amount of real estate in left center field.

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    • #3
      Here's another pic.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chisox73
        Here's another pic.
        Thats the photo I was looking at. 47 years later it's still a joke. Thanks Chisox73. The 59 Whitesox probably had nightmares when they had to play there in the World Series.
        Lets get Eddie Basinski elected to the Polish Sports Hall of Fame.
        www.brooklyndodgermemories.com

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        • #5
          Not really,they lost 2 of the 3 games ther in '59,but since they really didn't have any power to speak of,that place was more to thier liking.Pitching and timely hiting killed the Sox in the '59 Series.

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          • #6
            Here's another pic of the Coliseum as the workers try to shoehorn a baseball diamond into the field.

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            • #7
              Duke must have thought he was playing in the Grand Canyon.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chisox73
                Here's another pic of the Coliseum as the workers try to shoehorn a baseball diamond into the field.
                That is a great illustration of what I mean. Great picture, thanks.
                Lets get Eddie Basinski elected to the Polish Sports Hall of Fame.
                www.brooklyndodgermemories.com

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chisox73
                  Not really,they lost 2 of the 3 games ther in '59,but since they really didn't have any power to speak of,that place was more to thier liking.Pitching and timely hiting killed the Sox in the '59 Series.
                  The only real power they had was Ted Kluszewski,who hit three homeruns in the series and Ted was a lefty hitter.
                  Lets get Eddie Basinski elected to the Polish Sports Hall of Fame.
                  www.brooklyndodgermemories.com

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                  • #10
                    Klu hit all 3 of his home runs at Comiskey in that Series.In fact,of the 11 homers in the series,2 were hit at the Coliseum.Sherm Lollar and Gil Hodges had those homers in Game 4.

                    Here's an amazing fact that I found yesterday.In 1958,there were 193 homers hit at the Coliseum.Of those,182 were hit over the left field screen, 3 were hit to center,and only 8 hit to right.

                    Here's a diagram of whet the dimensions looked like.

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                    • #11
                      Was the Coliseum really built for the Olympics? It was opened 10 years before the 1932 Los Angeles games.

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                      • #12
                        That was thew original intent of the Coliseum,to host the Olympics,the same reasoning behind old Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

                        When it was biult,LA figured it would have some leverage in getting the '32 Olympics because they alreday had a stadium in place,ultimately beating out Cleveland for the '32 Games.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Chisox73
                          Klu hit all 3 of his home runs at Comiskey in that Series.In fact,of the 11 homers in the series,2 were hit at the Coliseum.Sherm Lollar and Gil Hodges had those homers in Game 4.

                          Here's an amazing fact that I found yesterday.In 1958,there were 193 homers hit at the Coliseum.Of those,182 were hit over the left field screen, 3 were hit to center,and only 8 hit to right.

                          Here's a diagram of whet the dimensions looked like.
                          Wally Moon who was a left handed hitter, became very adept at swinging late and hitting pop ups over the screen. The term moon shots was born. I believe moon hit over 20 home runs the opposite way over that screen in 1959, when he played for the Dodgers. I remember before Roy Campanella had his car accident, there were several articles cncearned that Campy woul threaten Ruths single season home run record. Campy was a pull hitter and even at that late stage of his career would have had fun with that net.
                          Lets get Eddie Basinski elected to the Polish Sports Hall of Fame.
                          www.brooklyndodgermemories.com

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Elvis9045
                            Was the Coliseum really built for the Olympics? It was opened 10 years before the 1932 Los Angeles games.

                            Believe it or not, the Rose Bowl was built before the Coliseum. When the Coliseum was built, they figured that USC, which is across the street, would play their home football games their, and host track meets. UCLA was not even a four year university at that time and it would be a decade before they would also call the Coliseum, home, which ended in 1982.

                            The Colisuem was enlarged for the 1932 games as well and its signature Paristyle end (the east end) is among the most recognizable landmark in sports.

                            The Coliseum is the only venue that has hosted:

                            Super Bowl
                            Pro Bowl
                            AFC Championship game
                            NFC Championship game
                            World Series
                            All-Star game
                            Two Olympic Games (1932, 1984)
                            Numerous NCAA football games with a National Championship and/or PCC Pacific Coast Conference), Pac-8, Pac-10 at stake.
                            PCC, Pac-8, Pac-10 Track meets (dual and league)
                            Championship Boxing
                            International Soccer games
                            High School Football Championship games...

                            ... and it is a registered landmark. That is why we can't tear down the facility and remodeling would have to go through the Coliseum Commission a group run by state, county, and city officials (politicians who are complete :noidea h :radio ). With all due respect, it was a horrible baseball park.
                            http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ex...eline_1961.jpg

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                            • #15
                              And if you count the Sports Arena, next door, the Democratic National convention.

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