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Dodgers come to L.A.

Walter O’Malley steps off the plane on his arrival in Los Angeles on Oct. 23, 1957. Moments later, not only does O’Malley receive a welcome from L.A. City Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman and L.A. County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, but the Dodgers owner is also served with a summons that challenges the city’s approved contract with the Dodgers. (walteromalley.com)
MOVERS: County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, left, and L.A. Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman were key in bringing Walter O’Malley and the Dodgers west. (Associated Press)
Dodgers coach Charlie Dressen, left, and Manager Walter Alston ride in a parade down Broadway before the Dodgers’ first game in L.A. in 1958. (Los Angeles Times)
Charlie Neal slides home against the San Francisco Giants during the first game played at the Coliseum after the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn. (Los Angeles Times)
There were 78,672 fans in attendance at the Coliseum on opening day in 1958. (Los Angeles Times)
World Series attendance records were shattered in 1959, when the Dodgers and Chicago White Sox played in front of three crowds of more than 92,000 at the Coliseum. This picture was taken during Game 5. (Associated Press / Associated Press)
A 1958 photo of Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, left, with Dodgers General Manager Buzzie Bavasi. (Los Angeles Times)
May 13, 1959: After having their homes destroyed by bulldozers to prepare for the building of Dodger Stadium, Chavez Ravine residents (from left) Manuel Angustine, Ivy Angustine (sweeping), Ira Angustine (holding baby) and Victoria Angustine (woman in doorway) and Abrana Arechiga lived in a trailer. (Los Angeles Times)
Councilman Edward Roybal, center, talks with members of the Arechiga family who are camping out near their home, from which they were evicted before it was razed to make room for Dodger Stadium. (Los Angeles Times)
A family is evicted from its Chavez Ravine home on May 8, 1959, in advance of Dodger Stadium construction. (Regional History Center)
Mike Angustine, holding child, and members of his family poke through the rubble that was their home, which was razed to make room for Dodger Stadium. (Los Angeles Times)
Walter O’Malley, second from left, looks on as architect Emil Praeger, left, explains details of his design for Dodger Stadium. (Los Angeles Times)
Dodger Stadium groundbreaking at Chavez Ravine. From left, Councilman Gordon Hahn; contractor Jack Yount; Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and his son Jimmy, a future mayor of Los Angeles; Arch Field of L.A. City Department of Public Works; Walter O’Malley, owner of the Dodgers; and contractor Jack Vinnell. (Vinnell Constructors)
Earthmovers get to work at the groundbreaking ceremony for Dodger Stadium in 1959. A crowd of 3,000 assembled at Chavez Ravine for the ceremony. (Los Angeles Times)
Work continues on Dodger Stadium in this 1961 photo. (Los Angeles Times)
Walter O’Malley tosses a baseball in the air while standing outside a nearly complete Dodger Stadium in 1962. (Los Angeles Public Library)