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Dodgers Announce New Inductee Into Team’s ‘Ring of Honor’

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced they are adding a new member to the team’s ring of honor, the section of retired numbers in left field at Dodger Stadium. Walter F. O’Malley owned the Dodgers from 1943-79, until he passed away at the age of 75.

O’Malley remains one of the most influential owners in both Dodgers and MLB history as the leading figure in bringing MLB out west. O’Malley moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, giving MLB its first team on the West Coast. The New York Giants followed, allowing the intracity rivalry to stay alive in California. The Giants relocated to San Francisco ahead of the 1958 season along with the Dodgers.

Following their move, MLB expanded from 16 teams, including two more franchises in Southern California (the Angels and Padres in 1961 and 1969, respectively). The A’s moved from Oakland to Kansas City. Later, new teams were planted in Seattle, Arizona, and Denver.

Besides moving the Dodgers to Los Angeles, the Dodgers saw major success under O’Malley’s ownership. The team won its first-ever World Series in 1955, and would win four more under him in 1959, 1963, and 1965.

O’Malley would give over the presidency of the team to his son, Peter O’Malley, in 1970. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Now, he will be inducted into the Dodgers’ Ring of Honor. Peter O’Malley will represent his dad at the induction.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Eva Geitheim

Eva graduated from UCLA in 2023 with a bachelor's degree in Communication. She has been covering college and professional sports since 2022.

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