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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Los Angeles Dodgers

Another older gem. Even before I made my maiden visit two weeks ago, it was a ballpark I could identify immediately the moment the game was turned on, even absent any Dodger blue or the guy in the Ecuadorian* straw hat who used to stand behind home plate with the JUGS Gun.

The layout, once more commonplace, now looks singular given the construction similarities inherent in the new wave of parks. And the mountains beyond have not been blocked out by a monstrous concession to football, such as what happened a few hundred miles to the north. But the teevee doesn’t truly do the stadium’s unique in-the-hills locale justice. There really is nothing else like it, as least that I’ve seen.

As for the name? Ah screw it. The optimal choice is already familiar. The only way Chavez Ravine could be a better name for the ballpark is if Vin Scully’s middle name was Chavez. Or Ravine.

But, we’ve got to go through the motions…

*Sorry, Mariano, Rodney and Johnny M. Unlike you guys, the hat’s origins are not Panamanian.

Ballpark History

Built: 1962

Capacity: 56,000

Name: Dodger Stadium 1962-present. 

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Memorial Coliseum (1957-61).

Distinctive Features: Until two years ago, the home to the best voice in baseball history; low walls in right and left fields; hills and mountains on all sides of the ballpark; dining options centered around various ways to prepare the Dodger Dog.


Ballpark Highlights:

For the second time in the series, Sandy Koufax outpointed fellow southpaw Whitey Ford to cement a four-game World Series sweep of the Yanks, the only time the Dodgers clinched a Fall Classic in any of their home parks.

In September 1965, Koufax made his fourth no-hitter his best one, retiring all 27 Cubs hitters to record the sport’s retroactively assigned sixth perfect game.

In 1976, Cubs outfielder Rick Monday rescued an American flag from a couple of hippie protesters trying to light it on fire in the Dodger outfield. You can read about it from time to time today on social media.

In 1985, Lane Myer completed his tumultuous courtship of the lovely French foreign exchange student Monique Junet with a home-plate embrace.

In 1988, Kirk Gibson hobbled up to the plate and hit baseball’s ultimate Hollywood-certified long ball, taking the game’s premier closer, Dennis Eckersley, deep in Game 1 of the World Series. The homer propelled the Dodgers to a 4-1 Fall Classic waltz over the heavily favored A’s.

In 2009, Ichiro’s two-run single with two outs in the top of the 10th delivered to Japan to its second straight World Baseball Classic title with a 5-3 victory over Korea. 

In 2014, the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks played a January hockey game as part of the NHL Stadium Series. It wasn’t the first time Dodger Stadium dabbled in winter sports, as the 1963 photo below demonstrates.

Original Winter Classic

SoSH U at work Posted: September 18, 2018 at 09:06 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. stevegamer Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:28 AM (#5746430)
How was this not in the week where the current name was confirmed?

It's Dodger Stadium.
   2. PreservedFish Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:33 AM (#5746435)
Not so fast! Why isn't it Dodgers Stadium? We may have the chance to redress a bizarre wrong here.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:44 AM (#5746448)
Name: Dodger Stadium 1962-present.
The internet tells me it was also called Chavez Ravine Stadium by the Angels when it was their home in the 60's.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:48 AM (#5746452)
Dodger Stadium. Carry on.
   5. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:48 AM (#5746454)
Not so fast! Why isn't it Dodgers Stadium? We may have the chance to redress a bizarre wrong here.


It's Yankee Stadium isn't it? And Oriole Park? I guess it used to be Royals Stadium before they changed it to honor Kaufman. This is an interesting point to make. What are the other examples of plural team names in ballparks?
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:51 AM (#5746458)
Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium of Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles
   7. BDC Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:56 AM (#5746465)
The Hollywood Stars played at Gilmore Field, and the PCL Angels of course at Wrigley Field. The former would be worth reviving if "Dodger Stadium" wasn't so natural. Gilmore was an old-fashioned oil baron, but at least his name sounds like Hollywood and baseball.

Though I do like the fact that "Chavez Ravine" is available as an alternative. It's one of those nice locale names, like Camden Yards or Willets Point.
   8. Howie Menckel Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:56 AM (#5746466)
went there in 1985, I think, and saw Orel Hershiser vs Joaquin Andujar.

decided to go to the concession stand to get a Dodger(s) Dog. had about 5 people in front of me. I returned to my seat in the bottom of the 6th.

LA was funny then. had a similar experience at a Burger King there. the workers moved like it was 1956.

from Redondo Beach (or was it Manhattan Beach), walking down the hill toward the beach, the cars would stop at a green light just in case you wanted to cross the road. we felt guilty, and turned on our right-turn arm signals to indicate that they could carry on.

the world, and LA, has changed.

walking into the park and being at the top of the stadium - they call it Chavez Ravine for a reason - is totally awesome.
   9. Swoboda is freedom Posted: September 18, 2018 at 11:59 AM (#5746467)
What is going on in the picture? why do they have a ramp?
   10. Greg Pope Posted: September 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM (#5746471)
Sorry, I'm confused. How does Chavez Ravine fit into the current name? What's the official name of the stadium?
   11. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: September 18, 2018 at 12:03 PM (#5746477)
Dumber Than Ten Dogs Park
   12. Batman Posted: September 18, 2018 at 12:07 PM (#5746482)
Sorry, I'm confused. How does Chavez Ravine fit into the current name? What's the official name of the stadium?
Chavez Ravine is just the nickname for Dodger Stadium, because it's the neighborhood (the ravine, I guess) where the stadium was built. The city forcibly cleared all the Chavezes out of the area to build public housing, but they decided to build a baseball stadium there instead. It's a pretty interesting and sad story.
   13. SandyRiver Posted: September 18, 2018 at 12:34 PM (#5746513)
Easy to put refrigeration beneath an ice rink, but how did they do it on that ski-jump hill? (LA's average January day has a high of 65, low of 49.)
   14. SoSH U at work Posted: September 18, 2018 at 02:58 PM (#5746689)
How was this not in the week where the current name was confirmed?


Because Chavez Ravine is just a marvelous name for a ballpark (or anything), no matter how the damn results turn out.
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: September 18, 2018 at 02:59 PM (#5746694)

What is going on in the picture? why do they have a ramp?



It's a ski jump. They held a competition in the 1960s, though some of the planned events were scuttled.
   16. Rusty Priske Posted: September 18, 2018 at 03:02 PM (#5746698)
Chavez Ravine.

No 'stadium' or 'park' or anything. Just Chavez Ravine.

Now if only there was a better way to remind people what an injustice was committed when the park was built...
   17. QLE Posted: September 18, 2018 at 03:38 PM (#5746742)
Another vote for Chavez Ravine.
   18. Tom T Posted: September 20, 2018 at 07:32 AM (#5747943)
the guy in the Ecuadorian* straw hat who used to stand behind home plate with the JUGS Gun.


Ah, Mike Brito. Scary that his name is so locked into my memory....

But, yes, Chavez Ravine should have been the stadium name. We can now (virtually) right that wrong.
   19. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: October 15, 2018 at 09:26 AM (#5766582)
So....... did this just stop?
   20. SoSH U at work Posted: October 15, 2018 at 09:46 AM (#5766606)

So....... did this just stop?


No. I did a last call for votes last week in the voting thread, but no one added anything.

I just didn't declare the winner since we were into the playoffs. Chavez Ravine narrowly edged Dodger Stadium.

We'll resume with the last three clubs after the World Series.
   21. Nasty Nate Posted: October 15, 2018 at 09:48 AM (#5766610)
The voting thread is here

Even though that thread is tagged with 'stadium names' - it doesn't show up when you click stadium names. Tags don't work on this website.

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