Happy 50th Anniversary Dodger Stadium

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.

1962 Dodgers Yearbook

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:



113 Responses to Happy 50th Anniversary Dodger Stadium

  1. nedisajerk says:

    Happy Belated Bday AJ Ellis and also Happy Bday Ethier finally turning 30

  2. crzblue says:

    Happy Opening Day Brian and everyone here. I set my alternate alarm for 7 but forgot to set off the first one so woke up at 5. I am excited! I ordered a different scorebook than the one I usually use. It arrived in the mail while I was in San Diego so I am excited about using it. It is smaller than 8×11 so it will fit in my purse. It has 100 scoresheets. -Emma

    • 32and53fan says:

      Have a great time at the stadium Emma. You will have a fantastic view from your perch on the upper deck. The home opener is always a terrific experience!

  3. trublu4ever says:

    Happy Birthday, Dre.

  4. trublu4ever says:

    It’s supposed to rain here most of the week…hoping L.A. stays dry….don’t want any rain-outs. Go Dodgers, Go!

  5. nellyjune says:

    Happy Opening Day at Dodger Stadium!! Have a great time if you are going to the game. Happy Birthday to our fabulous Right Fielder, Andre Ethier, and Happy Anniversary to our Blue Heaven on Earth, Dodger Stadium. May our new ownership take care of you the way the Dodger fans deserve for you to be treated.

  6. 32and53fan says:

    Say it isn’t so… Vin Scully will miss opening day. He has a cold and will stay home today. Bummer!
    Get well soon Vinny.

  7. vl4eccjr says:

    Happy opening day everyone!
    Sad to hear Vin’s under the weather. 😦
    I hope Kersh is back to feeling better & gets the ‘W.’
    I found this interesting;http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/Ryan-Braun-Milwaukee-Brewers-Wrigley-Field-Chicago-Cub-fans-rude-welcome-MVP-HGH-PED-life-on-road-tough-must-apologize-040912

  8. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Thanks for the walk down Memory Lane! I remember those premium tickets being sold for $3.50 each. Parking was $1.00. Ah, the good old days . . . . .

  9. vl4eccjr says:

    Happy Birthday Andre Ethier!
    Happy Birthday John Madden! . . “BOOM!” “He’s looking out of his ear hole after that hit!”

  10. trublu4ever says:

    Good grief…turn on Dodgers Live and, Ned is on air…..what a disgusting way to start my game day!

  11. sparkleplenty1 says:

    It is SO good to see/hear the Beach Boys – always loved em!

  12. trublu4ever says:

    Loving the opening day festivities….hope the guys can calm down somewhat and win this damn game…..GO DODDGERS!!!!!

  13. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Second bad surprise – Steiner is calling the game. Vinny, please get better REAL SOON!

  14. JhallWally says:

    Happy Home Opener and 50 years of Dodger Stadium.
    Long may she stand as our beautiful baseball shrine…..

    • trublu4ever says:

      With our new owners, I’m sure the jewel of all stadiums will shine brightly for many, many years to come!

      • JhallWally says:

        I think you’re right Tru…

        1962, can’t help but think of the Big D, Don Drysdale. A true tragedy that he was taken so young and is not here to see and be a part of this..

        • trublu4ever says:

          I miss him too….I do feel lucky to have seen him pitch, though.

          • JhallWally says:

            One of my all time favorite players. I too count myself as lucky to have seen him pitch, even if it was just on TV. He is one of the main reasons I became a Dodger fan….

  15. enchantedbeaver says:

    Textbook baseball.

  16. trublu4ever says:

    Good fundamental baseball that inning…way to go guys.

  17. trublu4ever says:

    I’m really scared….Enchanted and I are thinking alike 😉

  18. trublu4ever says:

    Nice job, Kersh…leaving the runner stuck on 3rd!

  19. JhallWally says:

    Way to go Clayton!!! Outstanding….

  20. vl4eccjr says:

    Caught a break there.

  21. JhallWally says:

    Rats… The defense giveth, the defense taketh away…

  22. trublu4ever says:

    The birthday boy with a hit!

  23. vl4eccjr says:

    Nedcompoop is on the air with Monday. I’m hitting the mute. Can someone inform me when he leaves please.

  24. enchantedbeaver says:

    Be nice if this offensive juggernaut would get Kersh another run or two.

    • trublu4ever says:

      It’s coming to have to come from #1 – #4…..the rest of the lineup hasn’t joined the party yet…..A.J. I will give a pass…he will come around.

  25. enchantedbeaver says:

    Juan Uribe en fuego.

    For him anyway.

  26. enchantedbeaver says:

    M. Ellis may give you a productive out now and then, but a buck something isn’t going to cut it batting second.

    Then again, batting .000 isn’t contributing much batting 6th either.

    • 32and53fan says:

      Ellis’ job is to move Gordon to 3rd base. It gets him an 0-for in the box score, but it is appreciated by the team. He has done this several times already and returned to high fives in the dugout.

  27. trublu4ever says:

    Uh, oh….not looking good right now.

  28. nedisajerk says:

    What is this? I’m very disappointed. No Vinny and the scored is only 1-0 and Uribe got 2 hits and of course it a pitcher that he owned.

  29. vl4eccjr says:


  30. vl4eccjr says:

    Wow! Has Uribum been lucky today, or what?

  31. enchantedbeaver says:

    These guys couldn’t hit their way out of a wet paper bag.

  32. nedisajerk says:

    Dang yahoo you still have Barajas in a Dodgers hat.

  33. enchantedbeaver says:

    Sorry folks, but Mark Ellis sucks.

  34. vl4eccjr says:

    Woo hoo!
    WTG ANDRE!!!!

  35. sparkleplenty1 says:

    Happy Birthday Dre!

  36. trublu4ever says:

    That’s my boy, Dre! Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

  37. nellyjune says:


  38. JhallWally says:

    Sweet!! Nice job birthday boy….

  39. enchantedbeaver says:

    OK, Dre can stay for awhile yet.

  40. nedisajerk says:

    Yeah Ethier.

  41. sparkleplenty1 says:

    And all Dodgers fans are celebrating 🙂

  42. sparkleplenty1 says:


  43. trublu4ever says:

    J-A-V-Y and D-R-E…..thank-you!

  44. JhallWally says:

    Woo-Hoo, we win!!!! Happy Birthday Andre and Dodger Stadium..

  45. vl4eccjr says:

    Javy nails it down!

  46. trublu4ever says:

    Awesome interview Andre.

  47. oldbrooklynfan says:

    A great 50th anniversay win in the style they use to win 50 years ago. Especially that first inning run. Atta way to go Andre. Guerra’s third save.

  48. nellyjune says:

    Happy for Dodgereric and all the others that got to see that game 🙂

  49. nedisajerk says:

    Indians lock up catcher Santana with 5-year deal

    Damn it Ned thanks a lot.


  50. nedisajerk says:

    Nice article vl4 and I hope every teams does that on the road. Apparently those Cubs fans forgot Sammy Sosa.

  51. trublu4ever says:

    Happened to be watching the Dbcks/Padres game and they announced the Padres are now for sale.

  52. nedisajerk says:

    Chad is starting tomorrow and Jerry Meals is behind the plate again. That’s crazy and those are the same umps that we had in the Padres series.

    Stadium Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
    Attendance 56,000 (100% full) – % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time 2:26
    Weather 67 degrees, sunny
    Wind 5 mph
    Umpires Home Plate – Gary Darling, First Base – Jerry Meals, Second Base – Paul Emmel, Third Base – Scott Barry

  53. lbirken says:

    Other than Vinny not being there, all in all a good day for a 50 year old stadium.

  54. dodgereric says:

    Well, I’ve returned home after a day to remember. Unfortunately, I don’t get to remember as much as I had hoped.

    Like many of us, I’ve been attending games at Dodger Stadium (with the exception of the last couple of years) for 50 years now. I have no idea how many, but probably somewhere around 250 – 300. Nothing compared to a bunch of you, but a significant amount. I’ve missed batting practice many times. I’ve even left early twice. But never, ever have I been late. I’ve attended several openers, Bat Days, Camera Days, Fan Appreciation Days, a few playoff games, two World Series games. Many, many games were sellouts. Never was I late. Never.

    Until today.

    “Well, you shoulda left earlier” you might say. When I got off the 101 at Grand Ave, made the left off the ramp and a quick left onto Cesar Chavez (the path I’ve taken since 1978), I looked at the clock on my truck’s dash. It was 11:25am. “We’re gold!” I announced to the wife and daughter. “We’re only a mile from the parking lot and an hour and a half to go.” Problem was that I had only gotten about 3/4 of that mile done when the F-18s flew overhead. No Beach Boys. No seeing the players standing on the baselines. No First Pitch from Mrs O’Malley. The bottom of the first was over before I parked. The last out of the second occurred as we sat in our seats.

    From our vantage point in Section 54, Row JJ in the Reserved Deck, I could see a line of about a dozen cars still coming in on Academy Rd during the bottom of the fifth.

    What the hell?

    Were they inspecting vehicles entering the Stadium like it was Stalag 17? Were the attendants getting grief from everyone for higher parking prices? Was there a huge traffic accident that had completely blocked the streets?

    I wish I knew.

    Other than that, a good time. Observing a baseball game from six blocks away had its own challenges, but it was still a Dodger Game in Dodger Stadium, Ethier knocked a ball into the right field Pavilion to win the game and I was there.


    • 32and53fan says:


      Glad it turned out OK in the end. I am watching the ceremonies that I recorded earlier today as I type this with heavy rain in the background that just started here in Camarillo.

    • nellyjune says:

      Well, that first part of your story was no fun to read. Sorry you missed all that pregame stuff, but I’m glad it turned out to be a good day overall. It was reported that some dumbasses tried to steal a car in one of the parking lots, but not sure if it had anything to do with the parking itself.

  55. sparkleplenty1 says:

    First roadblock to the sale: Fox is worried that Time Warner is part of the deal; MLB wants more money to cover $2 million more in Dodger’s expenses. It’s never easy, is it?

    • trublu4ever says:

      i’m going to think positive,though, and think things will work out for us. They must!

    • enchantedbeaver says:

      You gotta wonder how underhanded things might be when despite having three final bidders that hadn’t bid a final time yet, Frank quickly chooses the one group a few days before his deadline to name a winner.

      The final insult will be MLB nullifies the sale, Frank defaults on his obligation to Jamie, MLB siezes the team. Frank sues MLB for $2.15B, Magic’s group sues MLB, MLB sues Frank for defaulting on their loan to him, Time-Warner is exposed as part of the deal so Fox sues Frank for negociating a pseudo-deal before their contract and negociating window expired, Jamie sues Frank for breach of contract, the bankruptcy court tries to force the deal through, MLB is hauled into federal court to lose its exemptions, and Ned will be our GM for life.

      • messagebear says:

        Except for keeping Ned for life, you’re describing the best scenario that I can imagine at this point. My thinking is that the Guggenheimers are totally in bed with Frank – Frank has probably agreed to put a couple of hundred million into the Guggenheim Fund as the secret part of the deal, so we’ll never be rid of Frank. Worse things could happen with Frank still in the picture than what you’re describing with all the legal action surrounding the deal.

  56. messagebear says:

    And did I say BOYCOTT?

  57. lbirken says:

    Eric, sorry to read about your experience getting into the Stadium yesterday. I have attended a few opening day games and could probably attend more if not for the fear of what happened to you. A few years ago we left in what we thought was plenty of time and made it to the Stadium with plenty of time to spare. Unfortunately, it took over 45 minutes from the parking kiosks at the Sunset Blvd. entrance to reach the parking lot. I made it in time for the first pitch but missed most of the other festivities. For some reason opening day is just a mess and I hesitate to go for that reason. But you did see a good game with an exciting finish so at least you can be happy about that.

  58. kahliforni says:

    Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.
    Eric, I’m trying to figure your route. When I go…(twice in last three years–both ITD days) I park outside the Police Academy, via Academy Road from Broadway. Where did your nightmare take you?

  59. trublu4ever says:

    Vinny is still on the DL 😦

  60. trublu4ever says:

    Enchanted…..Brox walked 2 …. hit 2 and lost the game in the bottom of 12th.

  61. trublu4ever says:

    Tonights Lineup: ss Gordon; 2b Ellis; cf Kemp; 1b Rivera; rf Mr. Andre Ethier; lf Hairston; 3b Uribum; c Ellis and on the bump….Billz

  62. trublu4ever says:

    Wow…Lincescum is getting lit up! And, the Padres beat the Dbacks….so, LET’S GO DODGERS, LET’S GO!

  63. nellyjune says:


  64. nellyjune says:

    The Gnats/Rockies game is becoming a game of two teams that suck! 9-7, Rox, in the 5th.

  65. vl4eccjr says:

    New thread.

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