The Dodgers Leave Brooklyn
have ever loved their team in the way in which
the Brooklyn Dodgers fans loved theirs. Thus,
it was a tremendous blow when team owner, Walter
O’Malley, moved the franchise to Los Angeles
before the start of the 1958 season. His reasoning
was understandable as the Dodgers' attendance
was not stellar and the West Coast offered a greater
opportunity for legions of new baseball fans.
By February 21, 1957, O'Malley had acquired the
territorial rights to Los Angeles and the decision
to move the team had been made. This letter shows
how, at least publicly, O'Malley didn't tell the
Brooklyn faithful the full truth about his intentions
to relocate the franchise.