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The Road to Dodger Stadium

May 24, 2010 |  6:21 am

May 24, 1960, Sports


May 24, 1960: The next time you're in a traffic jam heading to Dodger Stadium, consider the public servants who debated the tract map submitted by the Dodgers for their Chavez Ravine stadium.

"People attending such events have to come to expect certain inconveniences and make necessary allowances for them," said Samuel Leask Jr., the city's administrative officer. Much of the discussion over the tract map dealt with planning and building roads and Leask cautioned against trying to plan for big crowds.

In a story the following day, an opponent of the Dodgers' plan read from a ballot argument in favor of the ballpark. Plans included a public recreation center, a city oil drilling site and land use for future freeways. But none of those features were on the tract map so C.A. Owen asked if this meant the public had been mislead in approving the stadium plans.

"It's entirely possible," said Councilman Ransom Callicott.

--Keith Thursby