Welcome home Dodgers! Today is the home opener and promises to have all of the pomp and circumstance guaranteed to make Don Mattingly squirm while counting the minutes to the first pitch. Mattingly, the Indiana native who likes things simple, indicated that he does not really care for all of the ceremonial splendor that will undoubtedly take place prior to the game. Don can let his thoughts wander to the Wabash and his Indiana home while the rest of us rock out to the Beach Boys singing about “Surf City.”
I still have my Dodger Yearbook from 1962 somewhere in my house although I might have a hard time finding it. I was nine years old when I got it and it was as if all the freeways in Los Angeles led to the land of Oz called Dodger Stadium. It was truly a magical time for a young fan.
I still remember the corny schoolyard jokes of the time: “Why can’t the Dodgers serve beer at the stadium?” Answer: “Because they lost the opener.”
It was exactly fifty years ago, April 10, 1962, when the Dodgers lost to the Cincinnati Reds 6-3. The stadium looks remarkably similar today as it did on that historic day fifty years ago. The ticket prices, on the other hand, bear no resemblance at all as this inaugural stub shows: