Dodger Stadium Timeline: Key Moments in the Stadium’s 60-Year History | Entertainment
LOS ANGELES — Here’s a look at many of the biggest moments in Dodger Stadium history ahead of Tuesday’s 2022 MLB All-Star Game. The following timeline includes moments that aren’t exclusive to the Dodgers’ accomplishments at Chavez Ravine over the past 60 years.
May 28, 1957: National League owners vote unanimously to approve the Brooklyn Dodgers’ transfer to Los Angeles.
— October 8, 1957: Walter O’Malley formalizes and announces the move to Los Angeles
– May 8, 1959: The remaining residents of the Chavez Ravine community (site of Dodger Stadium) are forcibly evicted from their homes to allow construction of the stadium to begin. Police were called after residents refused to leave. The melee lasted about two hours. After the eviction, bulldozers bulldozed structures on the property.
— September 17, 1959: Official groundbreaking ceremony for Dodger Stadium.
– April 10, 1962: Game 1 at Dodger Stadium, with 52,564 in attendance to see the Dodgers lose to the Cincinnati Reds, 6-3. Eddie Kasko of the Reds gets the first hit at Dodger Stadium; Wally Post of the Reds hits the first home run. Duke Snider is the first Dodger to be hit.
– April 11, 1962: Jim Gilliam becomes the first Dodger to homer at Dodger Stadium, a two-point shot on Moe Drabowsky of the Reds.
– May 5, 1962: Bo Belinsky of the Angels becomes the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium in a 2-0 win over Baltimore.
– October 3, 1962: Maury Wills steals his record 104th goal of the season to end his MVP season in style.
— March 21, 1963: Boxer Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos wins the WBC and WBA featherweight titles from Davey Moore in 10 rounds. Moore died a few days after this fight.
– Oct. 6, 1963: The Dodgers end a four-game World Series sweep over the New York Yankees with a 2-1 win.
— October 25-27, 1963: As part of the 1963 Giant International Ski Show, a 165-foot ski jump was built in right field. The jump hill was 28 stories tall, nearly twice the height of Dodger Stadium.
— February 2, 1964: The Harlem Globetrotters participate in the only basketball game ever played at Dodger Stadium. A basketball game preceded the Globetrotters featuring the 1963 Dodgers against the 1963 Chicago Bears.
– September 9, 1965: Sandy Koufax pitches a perfect game against the Cubs, still the only perfect game in franchise history.
— August 28, 1966: The Beatles give a concert at Dodger Stadium in front of approximately 45,000 people. Tickets were priced at $3, $4.50, $5.50 and $6
June 8, 1968: Don Drysdale sets the record for most consecutive scoreless innings with 58.
– August 6, 1969: Willie Stargell of the Pirates becomes the first player to hit a fair ball out of Dodger Stadium.
– July 20, 1970: Bill Singer does not hit the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-0 victory.
– June 4, 1972: The Dodgers retired the numbers of Jackie Robinson (42), Roy Campanella (39) and Sandy Koufax (32) during a ceremony at the Stadium.
— 1975: New seats in space-age colors replace the original 1962 seats at Dodger Stadium.
— Oct. 25-26, 1975: Elton John appears in a sequined Dodgers uniform at two memorable concerts.
– April 25, 1976: Two people run onto the field and try to set the American flag on fire, but Cubs center back Rick Monday runs and grabs the flag before they can.
– October 2, 1977: Dusty Baker hits in the final game of the season for his 30th home run, making the Dodgers the first team in history to have four players with at least 30.
– October 11, 1978: In an epic power-on-power match, rookie Bob Welch hits Reggie Jackson to end the game and preserve LA’s 4-3 victory in Game 2 of the World Series.
— July 8, 1980: Dodger Stadium hosts its first All-Star Game. Debuting during gameplay: the DodgerVision video card in left field.
— Oct. 3-Oct. 5, 1981: Three against the Astros with three to play, the Dodgers sweep Houston in the final games of the season to force a playoff game.
– April 9, 1981: Rookie Fernando Valenzuela opens the season with a 2-0 shutout of the Houston Astros and “Fernandomania” is born.
– June 7, 1982: Steve Garvey is honored during the game for playing his 1,000th consecutive game.
— Nov. 30-Dec. August 9, 1984: The Jacksons invade the stadium for a series of Victory Tour concerts.
— June 30, 1985: Pedro Guerrero ties a major league record with his 15th home run in June.
– September 16, 1987: About 63,000 people attend the Pope’s mass at Dodger Stadium.
– October 15, 1988: Kirk Gibson hits perhaps the most famous homer in history to give the Dodgers the Game 1 World Series victory.
– June 4, 1990: Ramon Martinez equals Sandy Koufax’s team record by knocking out 18 Braves in a 6-0 victory.
– June 29, 1990: In his final season with the Dodgers, Fernando Valenzuela did not hit the St. Louis Cardinals in a 6-0 victory.
— July 28, 1991: Montreal’s Dennis Martinez pitches a perfect game against the Dodgers.
– August 17, 1992: Kevin Gross throws a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Giants.
— July 16, 1994: Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and José Carreras perform at the “Les Trois Ténors” concert. The top tickets sold for $1,000.
– April 13, 1996: ‘Nomomania’ continues as Hideo Nomo knocks out 17 Florida Marlins in a 3-1 victory.
– September 21, 1997: Mike Piazza becomes the first Dodger to hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium when he shoots Colorado’s Frank Castillo.
— June 13, 2000: Eric Karros becomes the LA Dodgers’ all-time home run leader with No. 229, passing Ron Cey.
— August 17, 2003: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play in front of approximately 45,000 people.
– October 2, 2004: Steve Finley hits a grand slam to beat San Francisco for the NL West title.
— 2005: Seating at Dodger Stadium is overhauled, with more seats added, reducing the amount of foul territory.
– September 18, 2006: 9-5 approaching the ninth, the Dodgers hit four straight homers on the Padres’ pitch to send the game into extra innings, where they won on Nomar Garciaparra’s homer.
– 2008: $412 million in planned renovations announced to include plaza with restaurants beyond center field. The renovations were never completed due to the team’s bankruptcy under Frank McCourt.
– June 28, 2008: The Dodgers get their only run on an error and beat the Angels 1-0 despite not getting a hit in the game.
— 2012: Major renovations are completed in clubhouses, weight rooms, concession stands, restrooms and the sound system.
— May 2, 2012: The new owners, one of whom is Team Magic Johnson, hold an introductory press conference.
– April 1, 2013: Clayton Kershaw rules out the Giants on Opening Day and hits a home run.
— 2014: Concourses are expanded throughout the stadium, and new bar seating and children’s play areas are added in left and right fields.
— January 25, 2014: The NHL holds its annual “Winter Classic” game at Dodger Stadium, with the Ducks beating the Kings 3-0.
— June 18, 2014: Clayton Kershaw misses the Colorado Rockies. Only an error by Hanley Ramirez prevents it from being a perfect game.
— September 25, 2016: Vin Scully broadcasts his final home game. The Dodgers win on Charlie Culberson’s home run and Scully addresses the crowd after the game and sings “Wind Beneath My Wings”.
— April 15, 2017: A statue of Jackie Robinson is unveiled near the entrance to the left field reserve.
– October 15, 2017: Justin Turner hits a memorable home run in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs.
– Oct. 26-27, 2018: Max Muncy hits a home run in the 18th inning of Game 3 of the World Series against Boston, ending the longest game in playoff history.
– March 28, 2019: The Dodgers hit a record eight homers on Day 1 of a 12-5 win over Arizona.
— July 13, 2019: During a three-hour concert, Paul McCartney plays no less than 38 songs.
– 2020: Dodger Stadium remains closed for the season but eventually becomes host to one of the nation’s largest drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
– April 9, 2021: In the home opener, the Dodgers distribute the 2020 World Series title rings and raise the World Series pennant.
– Oct. 6, 2021: Chris Taylor hits a home run to lift the Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wildcard game.
— May 6-7, 2022: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias becomes the first comedian to perform at Dodger Stadium, with two sold-out shows.
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