Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Get Over It

LAist relies on your reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today during our fall member drive.

It's been nearly half a century since the Dodgers left Brooklyn, and some people are still bitter. Murray Chass of The New York Times has a column today where he basically says the Los Angeles Dodgers have no business celebrating the 50th anniversary of their 1955 World Series championship team. This Sunday, the Dodgers will wear Brooklyn uniforms, and will have 12 of the 13 living members of the team participate in a ceremony.

But Chass, who is normally a great writer, finds the whole thing disgusting. He writes: "The Los Angeles Dodgers have built their existence on the tombstone of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and now they are stealing their history as well."

Maybe Murray Chass hasn't paid any attention to West Coast baseball for the last 47 years, but the Dodgers have been honoring the Brooklyn portion of its history for as long as I remember. This season might be the first time they've worn throwback uniforms, but the Dodgers are an organization with a rich history. It's the franchise of Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Sandy Koufax, Orel Hershiser, and Kirk Gibson. Its history doesn't belong to just one city.