LAistory: Baseball's First Wrigley Field Was in LA
LAistory is a series that takes us on a journey to what came before to help us understand where we are today. So far we've been to Val Verde, Thelma Todd's Roadside Cafe, a house in Beverly Hills, Echo Park's Bonnie Brae House, Marineland of the Pacific, and Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale. Now we're going to take you out to the ballgame, some decades back...
The arrival of the Dodgers in Los Angeles in 1958 isn't where the story of baseball in the City of Angels begins. Although we didn't boast a Major League team until then, fans of the great American pastime in LA could still head out to their local stadiums to catch Minor League play in the first half of the 20th Century, and oftentimes their destination was Wrigley Field.
But we're not talking about Wrigley Field in Chicago--we're talking about Los Angeles' own Wrigley Field, the first stadium in the country to bear the name. Once upon a time it was home to the Los Angeles Angels, before they went to the big league (although they still can't settle on a name it seems), and for a brief period of time it was also home field for the Hollywood Stars and and for one season of Major League play for the Angels.