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Lightning Sets Wildfires; Dodgers Seek Coliseum Deal

August 1, 2009 |  8:00 am

Aug. 1, 1959, Cover

Aug. 1, 1959: The Times begins experimenting with a two-column news summary.

The Dodgers' new ballpark in Chavez Ravine was nowhere in sight so the team started talking about returning to the Coliseum for the 1960 season.

The Times' Frank Finch reported that owner Walter O'Malley wanted the same deal as in 1959, with the Dodgers paying 5% of ticket sales for rent plus the concessions from 11 games during the season. The Dodgers had an option to stay in the Coliseum in 1960 but the rent would increase to 10% and the Coliseum Commission would get all concessions profits. That's a huge difference.

Finch expected O'Malley's proposal to be received coolly by the commission.

--Keith Thursby

Aug. 1, 1959, Sports