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Jan. 22, 1959: ‘Our Gang’ Star Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer Dies in Fight Over $50

Jan. 22, 1959: Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer is shot to death in a fight with Moses Samuel Stiltz. According to police, Switzer borrowed a dog belonging to Stiltz, then lost the dog. Switzer paid $50 for the return of Stiltz’s dog. … Continue reading

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Jan. 14, 1959: State Supreme Court Upholds L.A.’s Deal for Dodger Stadium

Keith Thursby writes: The state Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the Dodgers and City Hall, moving plans for a baseball stadium in Chavez Ravine one huge step closer to reality. The Times’ coverage was breathless, no surprise since … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. You might have to hunt a bit for Don Normark’s 1999 book “Chavez Ravine, 1949,” but your search will be rewarded. The photos are terrific and the residents’ recollections make the book even … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Holiday Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. You might have to hunt a bit for Don Normark’s 1999 book “Chavez Ravine, 1949,” but your search will be rewarded. The photos are terrific and the residents’ recollections make the book even … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

Note: This is a repost from 2013. You might have to hunt a bit for Don Normark’s 1999 book “Chavez Ravine, 1949,” but your search will be rewarded. The photos are terrific and the residents’ recollections make the book even … Continue reading

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L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Shopping Guide

You might have to hunt a bit for Don Normark’s 1999 book “Chavez Ravine, 1949,” but your search will be rewarded. The photos are terrific and the residents’ recollections make the book even better. Copies can be found via bookfinder.com.

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‘Zoot Suit’ and History – Part 13

May 4, 1995: Portions of the June 10, 1943, report on the Zoot Suit Riots have been redacted and placed in a parallel file. This is due to privacy concerns because the individuals may still be alive, an archivist explained. … Continue reading

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‘Discovering’ Chavez Ravine

By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer The Times published a tidbit about the Hollywood Stars and their owner, Bob Cobb, that made me go looking deeper for more details. Jeane Hoffman reported that Cobb "discovered" Chavez Ravine as a potential home … Continue reading

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Setback for stadium

July 15, 1958 By Keith Thursby Times staff writer Los Angeles and the Dodgers lost a round in court in their efforts to build a baseball stadium in Chavez Ravine. Superior Court Judge Arnold Praeger ruled that the contract between … Continue reading

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July 2, 1958

By Keith ThursbyTimes Staff Writer The Times published detailed results of the Chavez Ravine ballot initiative that showed just how close the vote was. The June 3 measure to approve a baseball stadium for the Dodgers passed by nearly 26,000 … Continue reading

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Dodgers show patience

  June 20, 1958 By Keith Thursby Times staff writer ometimes it’s best to do nothing. Baseball teams fire managers all the time but Dodger owner Walter O’Malley publicly defended his manager, Walter Alston, despite the team’s last-place standing. "We … Continue reading

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June 6, 1958

A couple of odd, sad stories… A Spanish American War veteran’s widow dies while donating the flag from his casket to a junior high … A student with polio graduates as valedictorian from Washington and Lee University … And the … Continue reading

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June 5, 1958

  Here’s where we have a rare convergence: The Dodgers, columnists Matt Weinstock    and  Paul Coates, and Jack Searles writing about Chavez Ravine residents’ reaction to the passage of Proposition B. How can you not love an interview with … Continue reading

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New home for Dodgers

June 5, 1958 By Keith Thursby Times staff writer So it was close, but a win is a win. A day later, participants in both sides of the battle over building a baseball stadium in Chavez Ravine seemed to agree … Continue reading

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Dodgers leading

June 4, 1958 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer Too close to call? The election night story on Prop. B, the controversial measure to approve building a baseball stadium at Chavez Ravine, didn’t have a lot of details. That might have … Continue reading

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Dodgers vote

June 3, 1958 By Keith Thursby Times staff writer As voters decide the fate of a baseball stadium for the Dodgers in Chavez Ravine, here’s a sampling of stories in The Times: Walter O’Malley appeared on television to make a … Continue reading

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Dodgers TV marathon

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times From left, Danny Thomas, Walter O’Malley and Bill Frawley at the "Dodgerthon." June 2, 1958 By Keith Thursby Times staff writer Now batting for the Dodgers, Ronald Reagan. The future president and California governor … Continue reading

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Dodgers Dig In

May 27, 1958 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer Walter O’Malley wanted it clearly understood he wasn’t going anywhere. "The players and our staff want to stay in Los Angeles. We like the location, the weather, the fans and the attendance … Continue reading

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The Toronto Dodgers?

May 24, 1958 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer A day after saying Los Angeles could lose the Dodgers if voters don’t back a plan to build a stadium in Chavez Ravine, National League President Warren Giles turned politician. He played … Continue reading

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Chavez Ravine

May 23, 1958 By Keith ThursbyTimes staff writer A heavy hitter joined the political fight over a new stadium for the Dodgers. Warren Giles, president of the National League, warned that the Dodgers could be forced to leave Los Angeles … Continue reading

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