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Guide to the Walter O'Malley Brooklyn Dodgers records ARC.294

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by John Calhoun

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on September 14, 2016
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Last revised by John Zarrillo  , September 2016

Descriptive Summary

Creator: O'Malley, Walter F., (Walter Francis), 1903-1979
Title: Walter O'Malley Brooklyn Dodgers records
Dates [inclusive]: 1946-1957
Abstract: This collection of documents and news clippings is a selected portion of the papers of Walter O'Malley (1903-1979), former President of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Brooklyn's professional baseball team until 1957, when the team relocated to Los Angeles, CA. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence and memoranda from 1946 to 1957, covering the period of O'Malley's role as General Counsel to, and Vice President of, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and afterward his ascension to the presidency of the organization in 1950. The collection chiefly relates to the Dodgers' efforts to secure a site and build a new stadium in Brooklyn to replace Ebbets Field, and, failing to do so, the team's move to Los Angeles in 1957. Included in these records is correspondence with such notable figures as city construction coordinator Robert Moses, New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, New York State Governor Averell Harriman, Brooklyn Borough President John Cashmore, and architect/engineer Buckminster Fuller. A noteworthy artifact is a Brooklyn Dodgers banner that flew over Ebbets Field in 1955, the year of the Dodgers' World Series victory.
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet in two manuscript boxes.
Text [Box]: 2 of 2
Text [Box]: 1 of 2
Call Phrase: ARC.294
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.