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Dodgers cut back on day games -- November 11, 1958

November 11, 2008 |  7:11 am


1958_1111_sports It took only one season in Los Angeles for the Dodgers to shift their hours later.

The team's 1959 schedule almost eliminated day baseball at the Coliseum. The Times' Frank Finch said the team would have a record number of night games with "possibly only the Sabbath and holiday tilts falling in the matinee category."

Hard to blame the Dodgers. Only six games in 1958 failed to draw at least 10,000 fans to the Coliseum--and all those games were on weekdays. The Coliseum was a tough enough place for a baseball fan to watch a game, but sitting there with so many empty seats must have made for one lonely stadium.

Another change in 1959 would be reducing doubleheaders from six to only one. Season tickets would remain the same, however. According to The Times, box seats were $2.50 a game and reserved seats $1.80.

--Keith Thursby