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Re: 60 yrs. ago, bums left us

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Posted by Spencer on Monday, April 24th 2017:

In Reply to: 60 yrs. ago, bums left us posted by fred lane on Monday, April 24th 2017:

I've heard that story a dozen times about it being Robert Moses's fault that the Dodgers left Brooklyn. Whoever believes that either wasn't alive at the time or doesn't understand the economics of the move.

1 - The NY Giants were the 3rd ball of NYC, well behind the Yankees and Dodgers in revenues.
2 - Air travel was just starting to make it feasible to play baseball on the West Coast.
3 - Many New Yorkers had moved to California so the Giants had a ready market just waiting for them. Naturally Horace Stoneham saw the move as a golden opportunity.
4 - If the Dodgers moved as well, the fierce rivalry between the two teams could continue, and Walter O'Malley (may he rot in hell for eternity) was handed LA on a platter to make the switch. He was greedy but not stupid.
5 - O'Malley pretended that he'd stay in Brooklyn if Moses gave him the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Aves. for free to build a new ballpark, knowing full well the city would never go for it.

Those are the facts kiddies, and anyone who doesn't understand them is too naive to even converse with. Moses took the blame while O'Malley took the multi-millions.

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