Photos: Roz Wyman dies; council member helped bring the Dodgers to L.A.

A white haired smiling woman wears a Dodgers jacket
Rosalind “Roz” Wyman won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council when she was just 22, back in 1953. And a few years later she helped bring the then-Brooklyn Dodgers to their current home at Chavez Ravine.
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Rosalind Wyman, the youngest person ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, at age 22 in 1953, was best known for keeping an unusual campaign promise — vowing to bring Major League Baseball to Los Angeles.

It took months of negotiations with the Dodgers’ mercurial owner, Walter O’Malley, before he finally agreed to uproot the team from Brooklyn and head to L.A., the opening chapter in what would become the westward migration of professional sports teams.

“Without Rosalind Wyman, the Dodgers wouldn’t be in Los Angeles, and the stadium would not have been built,” O’Malley’s son and former team owner Peter O’Malley once told The Times.

A California political insider and power broker for more than a half-century and only the second woman elected to the City Council, Wyman died late Wednesday at her home in Bel-Air , her family said in a statement. She was 92.


A man stands in front of airplane engine while a crowd below surrounds him.
President Walter O’Malley, in front of an airplane engine, of the new Los Angeles Dodgers grins at the spectators and newsmen on hand to greet him and other Dodger officials arriving Oct. 23, 1957, in Los Angeles to set up business. To his left are Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and City Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman.
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Walter O'Malley stands between Kenneth Hahn and Rosalind Wyman as they hold up a document.
Walter O’Malley stands between country Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and City Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman on Oct. 23, 1957, as he stepped from a private plane marked “Los Angeles Dodgers” to a huge civic welcome at Los Angeles International Airport. Hundred of spectators were on hand, plus about 200 newsmen and two bands. O’Malley and a group of Dodgers officials were arriving to set up business in Los Angeles.
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A woman crouches near some sticks standing upright in the grass in a stadium.
Rosalind Wyman checking home base at the Los Angeles Coliseum on March 5, 1958.
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Rosalind Wyman in the stands of a coliseum while workers and vehicles were below
Rosalind Wyman checking the work and the general view at the L.A. Coliseum for the Dodgers on March 5, 1958.
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Walter O'Malley throwing out a baseball while descending airplane stairs as a woman watches.
The Dodgers’ Walter O’Malley throws out a baseball from the steps of a plane upon arriving in L.A. in 1958 while Rosalind Wyman and others watch.
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Rosalind Wyman wearing a baseball hat with "Bums" on it.
Rosalind Wyman wearing a baseball hat Oct. 7, 1957.
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Rafer Johnson receives resolution from a man and a woman while his parents watch.
Standout UCLA athlete Rafer Johnson receives a resolution from Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman with his parents watching and Los Angeles Mayor Norris Poulson, left, in August 1958.
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A woman in white hair holds a frame with three photos of a pitcher pitching.
Rosalind Wyman won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council when she was just 22 in 1953. A few years later she helped bring the then-Brooklyn Dodgers to their current home at Chavez Ravine. In May 2016, she holds photos of Sandy Koufax pitching in 1966.
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Wyman holds an enlarged photo of herself and a man while standing near other photos.
In May 2016, Rosalind Wyman holds a print of herself and Dodger owner Peter O’Malley.
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Tommy Lasorda holds Rosalind Wyman's hand and they talk in stadium stands.
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda talks with Rosalind Wyman before the Dodgers game with the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2018.
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Two men shake hands while a woman watches as people fill the stands behind them at a baseball stadium.
Former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, right, shakes hands with former Dodger Wally Moon, left, as former city council member Roz Wyman looks on during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium before an opening day baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Los Angeles on April 10, 2012.
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Billie Jean King, left, talks with Rosalind Wyman before a Dodgers in 2018.
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A man shakes hands with a woman across a barrier separating the stadium stands from the baseball field.
Dodgers co-owner Stan Kasten greets former L.A. City Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman before the game in Dodger Stadium against the Giants on May 7, 2012.
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