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Dedication ceremony at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
Circa 1942
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Wrigley Field, built on 10 acres of land in South Los Angeles between San Pedro Street (on the west), Avalon Blvd (to the east), E. 41st Place (to the north), and E. 42 Place (to the south), served as host to minor league baseball teams in the region for over 30 years, and was the home park for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. Chewing gum magnate, William Wrigley, Jr. purchased the Angels in 1921 for the (then) astronomical sum of $150,000 and then built a stadium for the team a few years later. Construction for Wrigley Field began in 1924 and the 21,000-seat, million-dollar stadium opened on September 29, 1925. For 33 seasons (1925-1957) the park was home to the Angels, and for 11 of those seasons (1926-1935 and 1938) it had a second home team in the rival Hollywood Stars. The Stars eventually moved to their own new ballpark, Gilmore Field. Prior to 1925, the Angels played at their former home at Washington Park, and before that, at Chutes Park. In February 1957, Phil Wrigley (heir son of William Wrigley), sold both the team and Wrigley Field to Walter O'Malley, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, for $3,000,000. The last Pacific Coast League game at Wrigley Field was played on September 15, 1957. In 1961, the Los Angeles Angels joined the American League as an expansion team and took residence at Wrigley Field for just one season. The Angels then moved into Dodger Stadium with the Los Angeles Dodgers, until 1965. In 1966, the Angels moved into their own home, Anaheim Stadium. Sadly, with no minor league baseball teams left in the area, Wrigley Field was torn down in the mid 1960s; Gilbert Lindsay Park presently occupies the site.
Photograph shows actress Esther Williams, Sheriff E. Biscailuz (?), and Mayor Fletcher Bowron, standing on Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, during a dedication ceremony. A record-breaking crowd was present at the dedication, which appears to have been done prior to the Los Angeles Angels game against the Seattle Indians, as confirmed by an opposing team player seen walking in the background.
1 photographic print :b&w ;14 x 11 cm. on sheet 26 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
Sports-Baseball.; S-001-063 4x5
Williams, Esther,--1923-
Bowron, Fletcher,--1887-1968
Los Angeles Angels (Baseball team)
Seattle Indians (Baseball team)
Wrigley Field (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Dedication to public use--California--Los Angeles
Baseball players--United States
Baseball fields--California--Los Angeles
Baseball--California--Los Angeles
Wrigley, William,1861-1932
Pacific Coast League

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