The Los Angeles Dodgers
are part of the National League West Division
of Major League Baseball
. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958 becoming the first West Coast Major League baseball team (along with the Giants
, who moved simultaneously to San Francisco). They played their first four seasons at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before Dodger Stadium was built.
The team was still the Brooklyn Dodgers when they broke the color barrier by hiring Jackie Robinson
in 1947, the first African American to play in the Major League. During Robinson's 10 years with the Dodgers, they won 6 National League pennants and their first World Series in 1955.
The Dodgers won their second World Series title in the second year in Los Angeles in 1959. Since moving to LA, the Dodgers have won five World Series and nine National League Championships and 11 West Division titles.
Los Angeles has a wonderful climate for baseball, with rarely a game ever rained out. In fact the Dodgers didn't have a game rained out at Dodger Stadium until their sixth season there in 1967. That may also contribute to the loyalty of Dodgers fans who have broken records for attendance with over 3 million in attendance every season and the greatest total franchise attendance (since 1901) of any US professional sport. In 2007, they broke the franchise record for highest season attendance with 3.85 million tickets sold. As of 2012, the Dodger Stadium has welcomed over 143 million fans.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers in Los Angeles in 2008, the team played an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox at their old home, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
. They set the world record for greatest attendance at a baseball game with 115, 300 fans in the stadium.
Dodger season opens in April.
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