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Wrigley field los angeles

Wrigley field los angeles

There’s no place like home. But when you’re at home and living in a different country, trying to create a sense of belonging can be a challenge. You just have to be willing to do the work; and sometimes that takes time. So, this stirring, poignant ballad offers some thoughts on what might make you feel like you’re home. Singer: Eddie Clearwater. Living within the moment 6. “I’m in love” Written by: Marlon Brown and Clarence Jones. Performer: Eddie Clearwater. 8. “I’m in love” 9. “Will

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The Angels had the city and Wrigley Field to themselves for two years. Many of the Hollywood fans could not root for the Angels and there was substantial support for a second Los Angeles team but the Angels did not want to share Wrigley. Moreover, the Missions were failing in San Francisco. The PCL developed a compromise solution. The Missions would move to Los Angeles and play in Wrigley Field for one year while the San Francisco owners tried to sell the team to Los Angeles interests. The new Hollywood Stars played their first game at Wrigley against the home-team Angels on April 2, losing 6-5 before 15,000 to open the 1938 season. The Hollywood Stars played their last home games at Wrigley on August 30 by splitting a double header with Seattle losing the first game 9-2 and winning the finale 11-2 before 11,000. The Angels finished first in the PCL but lost to Sacramento in the President’s Cup playoffs. For the playoffs at Wrigley, ticket prices were $1.10, $0.80 and $0.40 for box seats, grandstand and bleachers, respectively.

In 1961, a new L.A. Angels club, named after the minor league team Los Angeles Angels (PCL), joined the American League as an expansion team and took residence at Wrigley for just the one season. The team set a still-standing first-season expansion-team record with 71 wins. Thanks to its cozy power alleys, the park became the setting for a real-life version of Home Run Derby, setting another record by yielding 248 home runs. That 248 mark would stand for over 30 years. After the 1961 season, the team moved to Dodger Stadium (or Chavez Ravine, as it was known for Angels games), which was the Angels' temporary home while Anaheim Stadium was being built. The new Dodger Stadium also "took over" for Wrigley Field, as the site of choice for Hollywood filming that required a ballpark setting. (Source: baseball.fandom.com)

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GILLETTE HOME RUN DERBY: The pilot episode for the classic TV program featured Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays—the last two players at that time to have hit 50 home runs in a season. After five innings, the "Say Hey Kid" was leading 8-2, but "the Mick" rallied. He hit three in the seventh and two in the eighth to tie it. Mays, probably tired from having to make useless conversation with the host ("That was a long one!"), couldn't hit another homer. Mantle ended the contest by clobbering the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth out of the stadium, onto somebody's roof. Declared the first champion on "Home Run Derby," he was awarded a $2,000 check by host Mark Scott, who promised viewers that Mickey would be back the next week to face Ernie Banks (Mantle won that contest, too, 5-3).

The ballpark remained without a team, however, until Major League Baseball awarded the area an expansion team—ironically, also called the Angels—to play in the American League. The Angels played only one season at Wrigley Field, in 1961. The pro batters loved those Wrigley power alleys: 248 home runs were hit there, more than in any other ballpark in Major League history during a single season—an average of more than three a game. Steve Bilko, at long last an everyday major leaguer, hit twenty homers for the team. Joe Falls of the Detroit News watched a game there and said, "They had only 238 bulbs in the light towers (I counted them) and it was the darkest ballpark I have ever been in." (Source: liner-notes.com)

 

 

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