Dodger Stadium (Images of Baseball) by Mark Langill

By Mark Langill

In view that 1962, the inspiring structure and sweeping vistas of Dodger Stadium have encouraged thousands of l. a. Dodgers baseball lovers. What workforce president Walter O­Malley predicted approximately part a century in the past endures as certainly one of expert baseball­s so much impressive items of structure, status within the shadow of the dramatic San Gabriel Mountains. Dodger Stadium is additionally one in every of simply such parks outfitted through the twentieth century developed completely with deepest money. most folks consider the stadium as a world-class baseball park, and Dodger Stadium has definitely earned this sort of recognition, web hosting 8 international sequence, an All-Star contest, and hundreds and hundreds of action-filled video games over the years, within which the Dodgers gained 8 nationwide League championships and 4 global sequence. however the stadium has been even more than a carrying floor, website hosting Olympic ceremonies and occasions, a papal stopover at from John Paul II in 1987, and world-renowned musical occasions, starting from Elton John to KISS to the 3 Tenors. different occasions have incorporated ski-jumping competitions, boxing, and a Harlem Globetrotters basketball exhibition. For 4 years within the Nineteen Sixties the stadium was once extensively utilized through the l. a. Angels baseball staff.

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