Dodgers bankruptcy filing: ‘Very, very sad,’ says Roz Wyman, who helped bring team to L.A.
Rosalind Wyman, 80, the grande dame of California Democratic politics and a former L.A. councilwoman who helped bring the Dodgers to L.A. more than 50 years ago, said the bankruptcy was a tragic milestone for the city.
"I led the battle to bring the Dodgers here, and it really brought the city together," she said. "It's very, very sad."
In 1956, then 22 years old and the youngest person ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, she called Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley and suggested that he bring the Brooklyn, N.Y., team west to Los Angeles.
O'Malley had been thinking of shifting the team to Minneapolis. But after Wyman helped persuade the City Council to sell him the former site of Chavez Ravine, a Mexican-American community that had been cleared to make way for a public housing project that was later abandoned, O'Malley chose Los Angeles for the move.
With her husband, prominent entertainment attorney Eugene Wyman, the one-time chairman of the California Democratic Party, she spanned the worlds of Hollywood and politics, hosting fund-raisers for politicians such as John F. Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi, and serving on numerous civic commissions and arts boards.
[For the record, 5:41 p.m., June 27: A previous version of this post incorrectly gave Eugene Wyman's first name as Ed.]
-- Gale Holland
Photo: Rosalind Wyman.