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April 18, 1958: Members of the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants face the peristyle end of Memorial Coliseum during the playing of the national anthem before the Dodgers' first game in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ken Dare / Los Angeles Times

April 18, 1958: An aerial photo of Memorial Coliseum during opening ceremonies of the first Dodger game played in Los Angeles. Note the "short porch" in left field.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

April 18, 1958: Spectators line Broadway as Dodgers Manager Walter Alston, right, and coach Charlie Dressen ride in caravan to their first game at Memorial Coliseum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

April 18, 1958: The Dodgers caravan arrives at Memorial Coliseum after a parade down Broadway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

April 18, 1958: The Dodgers' Charlie Neal slides into Giants catcher Bob Schmidt, knocking the ball loose to score. Dick Gray, background, heading into third, also scored on the play that started with Gino Cimoli's single to right.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

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April 18, 1958: After ceremonies at L.A. City Hall and a parade down Broadway, the Dodgers played their first game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before 78,672 fans, beating the Giants, 6-5.

The Dodgers would play four seasons at the Coliseum. They won the 1959 World Series, defeating the Chicago White Sox in six games. Games three, four and five were played at the Coliseum with attendance of more than 92,000 a game.

With the left-field seats just 251 feet from home plate, Dodgers outfielder Wally Moon, as reported in this 2008 Times story, developed the famous “Moon shot” over the left-field wall.

The five images in the gallery above were all taken on April 18, 1958. The Times devoted several pages the next day to the Dodgers’ first game in Los Angeles.

On March 29, 2008, the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox played a special exhibition game at the Coliseum in front of 115,000 fans, photo below.

March 29, 2008: Fans crowd  L.A. Memorial Coliseum for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox won, 7-4. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times


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    Could be the greatest writing to date!!!

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