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The Dodgers’ Crystal Ball

Sept. 6, 1960, Predictions
Hey, Keith, look: Vin “Vince” Scully! ... Mayor Poulson? I'm afraid not.

Sept. 6, 1960: The Times' Al Wolf tried to predict the future and write about the opener of the Dodgers' new park in 1962. The headline "Chavez Ravine—Year 1962" might be the first reference to the eventual name of the ballpark.

How was Wolf at predictions?

He had the Dodgers playing the Houston Hurricanes, who in 1962 reality were the Colt 45s. Think I like Hurricanes better.

He also guessed at the 1962 starting lineup, placing such prospects as Tommy Davis at third, Charlie Smith at second and Willie Davis and Earl Robinson in the outfield. Phil Ortega was pitching. He might not have placed every spot correctly but he did realize the Dodgers were completing their transition from the stars of Brooklyn to the young prospects who would be the foundation of some great teams during the 1960s.

Wolf did nail one element, predicting the opening day fans wouldn't make it out of the ballpark before July 4.

--Keith Thursby

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