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Dear Mr. O'Malley

April 19, 2007 |  3:00 pm

April 19, 1957
Los Angeles

1957_0419_dodgers01Dear Walter,

We all know that the lease on Ebbets Field expires in 1959. How would you like a nice 78-acre parcel in Flushing Meadows, 12 miles from Midtown Manhattan, for the Dodgers?

Forget this Chavez Ravine nonsense, just a stone's throw from downtown Los Angeles. So what if California has freeways. Wouldn't you rather pay a 25-cent toll for using the bridge or the tunnel? And wouldn't you prefer a 5% amusement tax here in New York rather than nothing out there on the West Coast?

Look, we'll build you a nice, Space Age ballpark. With a dome. A really nice one.

Just keep an open mind, OK?


Robert Moses,
New York City Park Commissioner

ps. What's this I hear about some outfits called the California Baseball Club and the Dodgers Rookie Baseball Club incorporating in Los Angeles?