The “Los Angeles Dodgers” is a professional American baseball team situated in Los Angeles, California. The team is part of the West Division, which plays in the National League (NL) of the Major League Baseball (MLB Tickets). The latest home venue of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the Dodger Stadium, the Dodger Stadium is the third oldest ballpark in the history of Major League Baseball (next to the Wrigley Field and Fenway Park).
Established in the year 1883, the team was originally founded as the Brooklyn Dodgers. The name “Brooklyn Dodgers” was inspired from a defunct team that had played in Brooklyn prior to the arrival of the new Dodgers.
In the year 1884, the Brooklyn Dodgers joined the American Association (AA) and won the 1889 AA championship. The team entered the National League (NL) in the year 1890 and immediately won one NL championship in the first round of their first year of playing in the league.
The team has had various name options, including the names Bridegrooms, Superbas, Robins, Grooms and Trolley Dodgers. In the early 1930s, the Brooklyn Dodgers was shortened as the “Dodgers”.
The Dodgers had a good start in their baseball career in Brooklyn. In fact, the team has had several pennant victories, including the years 1890, 1899, 1900, 1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956. Also, the team had achieved a World Series victory in the year 1955.
The team moved to Los Angeles to play for the 1958 season and became the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers continued to walk in success after moving to Los Angeles and acquired several NL pennants in the years 1959, 1963, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1988. In the league’s history, the team has been recognized as one of the most successful MLB teams with a total of 18 Worlds Series appearances (9 in Los Angeles and 9 in Brooklyn).
The majority of the team’s ownership had been acquired by the real estate businessman Walter O’Malley, who had purchased the shares of the team’s co-owners, James L. Smith and Branch Rickey.
O’Malley had wished to build a new state of the art Stadium in the city of Brooklyn, but Robert Moses, who was the major city planner of Brooklyn and other NYC politicians refused to grant O’Malley’s request. After several tries and failed to convince Moses and the NYC politicians, O’Malley’s decision to relocate his team in Los Angeles became certain.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were the first MLB team to play in Los Angeles. The team first appeared in the LA game dated back on April 18, 1958, winning against the San Francisco Giants with a record of 6-5.
The Dodgers’ uniforms have stayed unchanged for the past 70 years. The home jersey color is white with a name “Dodgers” and the road jersey color is gray with a written script “Los Angeles” placed across the chest in the Dodger Blue uniform. The “Dodgers” was first used in the year 1933, which was placed in front of the team’s home jersey.
The team’s longest-standing rivalry is the San Francisco Giants, which has first occurred in the 19th century. The Dodgers also has other heated rivalries, including the Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and San Diego Padres.