When the team was new to Los Angeles, fans had only to wait one year; the Dodgers won the National League pennant in 1959, only their second season in California, and from October 1-8 battled the Chicago White Sox for the world championship. As the photographs here – from the USC Libraries' regional history collections – show, things have changed. Fashions both on and off the field were different, temperatures were in the double-digits, and the Dodgers then called the cavernous Coliseum home, which welcomed sell-out crowds of more than 92,000 in games three, four, and five. The Dodgers then flew to Chicago for game six, which they won, 9-3, clinching the series four games to two and securing the first of many world championships for the City of Angels.
Arcadia Bandini Stearns de Baker was rich, beautiful and connected. This savvy businesswoman would be an important player in early California and helped shape Santa Monica and the west side of Los Angeles.
In the early 1900s, Los Angeles’ temperate climate and natural attractions drew droves of tourists seeking an escape from crowded, industrial cities. But behind the pristine curtain of Mt. Lowe’s tourism industry was a harsh reality of labor exploitation that continues to disproportionately affect Los Angeles’ Latinx population today.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Los Angeles had its own Motown records — Dootone Records. The label's owner, Dootsie Williams, was a trailblazing Black music executive and entrepreneur who not only left an impact on the music industry, but also in his community.