July 27, 2008 |
He is an older man now, weary after traveling from Dodger Stadium to a Best Western motel in upstate New York. But ask Billy DeLury to describe an important day in his life, and he brightly remembers why he made this trip. Ask him to describe a precious moment in his career, and he quickly explains why, today, for the first time in his 74 years, he will be sitting in a folding chair on a Cooperstown lawn for a Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Ask him to describe indelible, and he describes Walter O'Malley.
June 27, 1993 |
THE TIME IS JANUARY, 1957, THE PLACE, WILSHIRE BOULEVARD, ON A WARM WINTER DAY with the sun shining through the windows of the Automobile Club of Southern California as the man pauses at the counter. This is a pleasant man with a full belly flopping over his out-of-fashion double-breasted suit. He is holding a cigar, which is stuck in a filterless white plastic holder, and an ash flops off onto his carelessly buttoned suit.
October 15, 2009 |
If Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt were privately outraged at Arte Moreno's gall in renaming his Orange County team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and shoving it in their face with billboards far beyond the Orange curtain, the thread of disenchantment stretches back to the beginning of major league baseball in Southern California. According to newspaper and book accounts supported by personal recollections and interviews, the late Walter O'Malley, who moved his storied team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958, never wanted an American League team in what he regarded as his new, private and lucrative territory or believed the AL had legal rights to it. Peter O'Malley, Walter's son, denies those accounts, but there is no denying that Los Angeles fans also failed to show much interest in the new Los Angeles team, which retained the familiar name of the Pacific Coast League Angels but knew from the start it would have to find a home of its own. Born out of baseball's first expansion, the Angels moved from the minor league facility that was Wrigley Field in 1961 to the new Dodger Stadium as tenants in 1962 and ultimately to their own Anaheim park in 1966.
December 3, 2006 |
LOOKING back on it now, the Dodgers' move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in the late 1950s can be viewed in two vastly different lights: To get it done was the eighth wonder of the world. Once complete, it was the stage-setter for much that pro sports has become. To understand the story, we must first acquaint ourselves with the main mover and shaker, a man named Walter O'Malley, whose family was not that far removed in those days from County Mayo, Ireland.
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November 24, 2010 |
Danny McDevitt, who left his imprint on baseball history by pitching the last game for the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in 1957, died Saturday, two days after his 78th birthday. McDevitt, who lived in Social Circle, Ga., died at Newton Medical Center in nearby Covington, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed. The cause was not given. McDevitt was a rookie left-handed pitcher who had spent six seasons in the minor leagues for the New York Yankee and Dodger organizations before he was called up to the majors in June 1957.
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May 21, 2011 |
Reporting from Visalia, Calif. -- The stadium is full, the players are limbering up on the unblemished grass and sausages are sizzling on the grill, sending an irresistible invitation into the springtime air. But Walter O'Malley's grandson hardly notices. On this Friday night, he has an 80-year-old tempest to contend with, and her name is Irene Burtlow. "Tom Seidler," Burtlow says, pointing a finger at his chest. "I have a bone to pick with you. I am not happy, not happy at all …" For decades at minor league baseball games in Visalia, members of the home team's booster club have passed a cap around the grandstand at Recreation Park, which fans fill with coins and dollar bills.