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Dodgers vote

June 3, 2008 |  7:06 am

June 3, 1958

By Keith Thursby
Times staff writer

1958_0603_cover As voters decide the fate of a baseball stadium for the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine, here's a sampling of stories in The Times:

  • Walter O'Malley appeared on television to make a final push to support the stadium contract. Channel 13 aired a two-hour program that, according to a story in The Times, split time between supporters and opponents of Prop. B. That sounds downright fair after the five-hour program on Channel 11 boosting the stadium deal.
  • The City Council had another explosive meeting over the stadium issue. Here's a paragraph from the story, which did not carry a byline: "Blood pressures began to hit the ceiling as a majority faction in the council, which favors the Dodger contract to build a new stadium in Chavez Ravine, balked an opposition minority move to launch another propaganda barrage against the Dodgers by simply forcing an adjournment of the council." That's propaganda? What about five hours on local television? 
  • Weird timing for this story in sports. Al Wolf reported that home runs are down in the National League so far in the 1958 season, so fears that the Coliseum's short left field would give right-handed hitters an unfair advantage seem unfounded.