Fred Astaire Wins 9 Emmys; Braves Beat Dodgers, May 7, 1959
May 7, 2009 | 8:00 am
The Milwaukee Braves were the class of the National League heading into the 1959 season. The Braves had faced the Yankees in the previous two World Series, winning in 1957 and taking the powerful Yankees to seven games both years. So the Dodgers' three-game series in Milwaukee was a big deal, an opportunity to prove Los Angeles belonged at the same level as the league champions.
Milwaukee won two of the three and stayed in first place, just ahead of the Dodgers. But all the games were close and the first game might have been the most suspenseful. The Braves won in 16 innings, 3-2. Henry Aaron doubled in Eddie Mathews.
The teams would meet again, with much more at stake.
The Coliseum Commission wanted a proposed second All-Star game played in the Coliseum. Baseball had two All-Star games each year from 1959 to 1962, providing additional money for the players' pension fund.
More than 80,000 tickets had been sold for the Dodgers' exhibition against the Yankees to benefit Roy Campanella, the Dodgers' star catcher who had been paralyzed in a car accident. The Times' story advancing that night's game predicted the crowd would be the biggest in baseball history.
Ten thousand general admission seats would be available beginning at 6 p.m., when the Coliseum opened. The price: 90 or 75 cents.
-- Keith Thursby