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Oct. 4, 1977: Cars jam the parking lots of Dodger Stadium for the first game of the National League Championship Series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Varie / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 25, 1960: From left, Architect Emil Praeger points to features of the new stadium to Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley; A.S. Vinnell, president of the construction firm that would build the ballpark; James A. Mulvey, a Dodgers executive; Jack Yount of Vinnell Construction Co.; and Dick Walsh, a Dodgers executive.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Sept. 17, 1959: About 3,000 fans attend the groundbreaking ceremony for Dodger Stadium. During the event, several giant earth-movers plunged down a 200-foot slope, shoving tons of dirt ahead of them as spectators watched.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Chase / Los Angeles Times

April 22, 1961: Crews work on the new Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ray Graham / Los Angeles Times

March 24, 1962: An aerial photo of the nearly completed Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R.L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

April 10, 1962: Manager Freddie Hutchinson, No. 1, and his Cincinnati Reds leave the Dodger Stadium dugout after winning the first regular season game in 6-3. This image was published in the April 11, 1962, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

April 10, 1962: Racing for seats on opening day at Dodger Stadium are brothers Mike, 9, brother Ricky, 11, and mom Mrs. Dori Martin. This photo was published in the April 11, 1962, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Malmin / Los Angeles Times

April 1962: Press box at the brand new Dodger Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

April 8, 1983: Opening day ceremonies on the field at Dodger Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jayne Kamin / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 5, 1982: Sportswriters with early computers cover a Dodgers game from the press box.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Meyer / Los Angeles Times

May 9, 1977: Dodgers groundskeepers attempt to keep water off the infield tarp. The game was postponed because of rain — a very rare occurrence in Los Angeles. This photo was published in the May 10, 1977, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 7, 1978: As the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate winning the 1978 National League pennant, Times photographer Larry Sharkey catches a fan trying to steal second.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times

May 9, 1977: A worker tries in vain to clear a clogged drain outside Dodger Stadium's right field pavilion after rain forced a second postponement of a Dodgers-Phillies game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

Oct. 15, 1988: Kirk Gibson celebrates as he rounds the bases after his two-run pinch-hit homer off Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley, giving the Dodgers a stunning 5-4 victory over the A’s in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

April 2, 2002: Fans celebrate opening day versus the San Francisco Giants in Dodger Stadium's 40th anniversary season.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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April 10, 2012, is the 50th anniversary of the opening of Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Times is going all out this weekend in celebration. So of course I decided to join the party. Here is a photo gallery consisting of images from several previous From the Archive posts and some additional favorites.


More Dodger Stadium photos:

A behind-the-scenes look at Dodger Stadium

Chavez Ravine evictions to make way for Dodger Stadium construction

1 Comment

  1. April 10, 2012, 6:56 am

    Here's to hoping Dodger Stadium can once again be a safe and friendly family orientated place to bring our kids.


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