Though the Los Angeles Dodgers first originated in Brooklyn, NY, the team today is completely synonymous with California sports.Click Here to Buy Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball Tickets
Dodger Stadium first opened in Chavez Ravine before the 1962 baseball season, and despite some protest from local residents it was a huge boon to the economy and spirit of the Los Angeles community. Among the earliest LA Dodgers to gain national notoriety were pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. Between the two of them, the Angels earned four Cy Young Awards from 1962 to 1966.
Soon afterward, the legendary Tommy Lasorda came onto the team as the new manager. Lasorda's larger-than-life presence in the dugout delighted fans and earned the former minor-league pitcher new fame as an "ambassador for baseball".
By 1981 the Dodgers were well entrenched in baseball culture, and when rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela took the mound for his first game and pitched a shutout, "Fernandomania" swept the nation. The 20-year-old left-hander won his first 8 decisions and was the only pitcher ever named Rookie of the Year.
The team went on to win two World Series in the 1980s, bringing their all-time total to six. Last season the Dodgers made it all the way to the NLDS. Will next year bring them even farther?