Posted by Bobby O
on Monday, October 30th 2017:
In Reply to: Re: OMally posted by MATHA531 on Sunday, October 29th 2017:
I looked at Dodger attendance in the final 10 years they were in Brooklyn. I split the 10 years to two five year periods and compared them to the LA Dodgers .
For Brooklyn the '48 to '52 averaged 1,317,000 per game and from '53 to '57 they averaged 1,091,000, a 17% decline.
The move to LA produced an average attendance of 2,145,000 '58 to '62 and 2,538,000'63 to '67, an increase of 18%.
The Brooklyn team had great players - Hall of Fame great - and great loyal fans. But the fans weren't filling the seats in Ebbetts Field.
Data from the WW 2 period isn't helpful - so management seeing an apparent declining trend in Brooklyn and a booming economy in LA went for growth.
I remember the early '50s TV show "The Life of Riley" where Riley and his pal Gillis who worked building air craft belonged to a fraternal organization the BPLA - Brooklyn Patriots of Los Angeles.
I guess the demographics were too attractive in LA for O'Malley or Chester A. Riley
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