May 25, 1950: Gilmore Stadium, a major link to the history of sports in Los Angeles, will be demolished to make room for the new home of CBS television.
"Nobody knows how big this television industry is going to be," a CBS spokesman told The Times. "But we have to be prepared."
There were few details about CBS' plans, but The Times' front-page story noted that the facility would produce "full color television."
What was clear was the end of Gilmore Stadium. The facility was a busy and well-used site for decades, having been host to football, boxing, wrestling, rodeos, bicycle and motorcycle races and for a short time minor league baseball. Among the college football teams affected by the sale of Gilmore Stadium were Loyola University and Pepperdine College, as the schools were then called.
The Times noted that the sale of Gilmore Stadium would not affect Gilmore Field, the home of the Pacific Coast League's Hollywood Stars. Of course, it would be only a matter of time before Gilmore Field and the Stars would be gone as well.
-- Keith Thursby