It Happened This Week in L.A. History


April 10, 1962

Dodger Stadium welcomes over 52,000 fans on its first Opening Day. Walter O’Malley had moved his Dodgers west from Brooklyn three years earlier. The team played in the Colisuem while awaiting completion of its new five-level home stadium, the third-oldest in Major League Baseball.

To fuel the frenzied Opening Day fans, concessions manager Thomas Arthur grilled hundreds of his “foot long dogs.” The beef links measured only 10 inches, however, and their title was quickly switched to “Dodger Dogs.” Today, the stadium sells about 25,000 pups per game.

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