|Dodgers to play exhibition at Coliseum as part of 50th anniversary in Los Angeles|
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|Monday, 26 November 2007 17:05|
The game will be played March 29 and proceeds will go to the official Dodgers' charity, ThinkCure.
New manager Joe Torre was joined by owner Frank McCourt and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner on Monday outside the stadium's peristyle entrance along with Hall of Famer manager Tommy Lasorda and former Dodgers greats Don Newcombe and Maury Wills.
``There are generations of Angelenos who have grown up as Dodger fans and never had the opportunity to experience a game at the Coliseum,'' McCourt said. ``This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to connect with the history of their beloved franchise and support an incredible cause.''
The Dodgers played in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for four years after moving from Brooklyn in 1958. They shared the stadium with football tenants Southern California, UCLA and the Los Angeles Rams. The baseball team moved to Chavez Ravine when Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.
On May 7, 1959, the Dodgers and Yankees drew 93,103 for an exhibition in honor of Roy Campanella.
The Coliseum, used for football, has a strange baseball configuration. When the Dodgers played there, they installed a 42-foot screen in left field to compensate for the foul pole being only 250 feet from home plate.
Wally Moon, a left-handed hitting outfielder for Los Angeles, developed a knack for hitting the ball high enough to clear the screen, and the drives became known as ``Moon Shots.''
``We always knew the Dodgers would return to the Coliseum before the NFL,'' Coliseum Commission vice president David Israel said jokingly.