The Los Angeles City Council paid tribute to the Dodgers recognizing the 60th anniversary of the team’s move to the city.
Dodger broadcasters Charley Steiner and Fernando Valenzuela and former players Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Steve Yeager, teammates of Valenzuela of the Dodgers 1981 World Series championship team, were among those in attendance Tuesday for the City Hall ceremony.
“There is no greater pleasure that I have representing the Dodgers,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, whose First District includes Dodger Stadium. “Their contribution to this city and to the economy of this city needs to be noted. What wine is to the Napa Valley, what (agriculture) is to the Central Valley, the Dodger economic engine is to the city of Los Angeles.”
After moving from Brooklyn, the Dodgers played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from 1958-61 while their new home in Elysian Park was being built. The team moved into Dodger Stadium to start the 1962 season.
Since coming to Los Angeles, the Dodgers have won five World Series championships, but lost in Game 7 of the World Series last year to the Houston Astros.
Cedillo presented Steiner and the players with a proclamation from the City Council in honor of the team’s “contributions, philanthropic endeavors and for giving us a legacy that we can be proud of.”
The proclamation also coincides with the team’s 15th annual community service week, which will include a series of events around Los Angeles County.
“We’ve had a wonderful, wonderful year as you all know. We played 177 games, the only problem was we lost the 177th,” Steiner told the council.
“It was a fabulous year, and again we are reminded what baseball means to a community and how everybody was caught up in the moment on radio, on television, reading in the papers, the Internet, and what the Dodgers mean to this community, and we are so proud to be here today.”
The Dodgers also unveiled the logo marking the 60th anniversary of the move from Brooklyn Tuesday, which prominently features City Hall, Los Angeles’ tallest building in 1958.
—City News Service