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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Dodgers, Giants head West to California
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
May 28, 1957
The Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants, seeking greener pastures to get more green for their coffers, get the, er, green light from the National League to move to the West Coast. The permission for the Dodgers to relocate to Los Angeles and the Giants to San Francisco is unanimously approved by the other National League club owners at a meeting in Chicago.
The league specifies that the twin moves must be a "package deal."
Though both teams still have leases at their present ballparks, Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley and Giants owner Horace Stoneham have been upset with dwindling attendance, antiquated ballparks and lack of parking facilities. Both have sought to get new stadiums built for them in New York.
By next season, the Dodgers and Giants will be the first major league baseball teams to have franchises in California.
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