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Photos from the 1959 World Series, L.A.'s First

The Dodgers' 29-year World Series drought finally ends today. 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.

The Dodgers and White Sox line up for the national anthem before game 3 of the 1959 World Series.
The Dodgers and White Sox line up for the national anthem before game 3 of the 1959 World Series.
A full Coliseum for the 1959 World Series
More than 92,000 filled the cavernous Coliseum for games 3-5 of the 1959 World Series.
A baseball diamond fit poorly within the confines of the Coliseum
A baseball diamond fit poorly within the confines of the Coliseum.

 

"They Moved Mountains" – a segment from S1:E2, "Before the Dodgers"
Binoculars and sunglasses were ubiquitous accessories at the 1959 World Series
Binoculars and sunglasses were ubiquitous accessories at the 1959 World Series. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.
Transistor radios were another popular accessory.
Transistor radios were another popular accessory. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.
Hats
Hats. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.
A woman cheers
A Dodger fan. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.

 

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A young Dodger fan.
A young Dodger fan. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.
The Dodgers score in the 1959 World Series
The Dodgers score in the 1959 World Series. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection, USC Libraries.
Want more Dodgers history? Watch Lost LA's "Before the Dodgers" episode.

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