Cedillo Honors Dodgers 60 Years in LA

Cedillo Honors Dodgers 60 Years in LA

January 23, 2018

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Cedillo Honors Dodgers 60 Years in LA

Los Angeles–Councilmember Cedillo hosted Dodger alumni at City Council today, in honor of their 60th anniversary since relocating to Los Angeles. The Dodgers made Los Angeles their home in May of 1957. While Dodger Stadium was being constructed, the Dodgers played home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum from the 1958 season through the 1961 season.

“Baseball is a sport that creates community. The Dodgers organization has been an integral part of the fabric of Los Angeles and its identity. I grew up with the Dodgers and recall my father listening to the games on his transistor radio. It seemed like when Dodger games were on, the whole city would stop to listen,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “As we celebrate the 60 years of the Dodgers in Los Angeles, we honor the role they’ve played in uniting our city on and off the field, by adopting playgrounds across the city to make sports and recreation a reality for communities that would otherwise not have the opportunity,” added Cedillo.

The Los Angeles City Council was joined by four Dodger alumni, each giants in their own right.

Ron Cey, member of four National League pennant-winning Dodger teams, including the 1981 World Champions of which he was named co-MVP. He ranks second on the all-time Los Angeles franchise list with 228 home runs. Ranks first in career walks (765) and is among the all-time Top 10 in games, hits, extra-base hits, at-bats, doubles, RBI, runs, total bases and stolen bases.

Steve Garvey, one of the most beloved Dodgers of all time and a man who once played in 1,207 consecutive baseball games, is a ten-time MLB All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and helped lead the team to a World Series title in 1981.

Charley Steiner, one of the great voices behind the Dodgers, will start his 14th season with the team announcing calls over the radio ensuring that thousands of fan stay up-to-speed on the happenings of Dodger Stadium from their cars or the comfort of their own homes.

Steve Yeager, one of the most respected defensive catchers in Major League Baseball. He played in four World Series’ being named co-MVP of the 1981 champion Dodgers. During his career with the team, he played in six League Championship Series’ and tied a Major League record for most put-outs as a Major League Catcher (22) on August 8, 1972, a game that lasted 19 innings.

And last, but certainly not least, a man who needs no introduction, Fernando Valenzuela. Fernando was only 19 years old when he became a national sensation with the Dodgers. In addition to being one of the greatest pitchers to play in professional baseball, Fernando gave an entire generation of Angelenos, particularly Latinos, a sense of pride and a permanent sense of belonging in America’s most beloved sport.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Rampart Village, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park. For more information, please visit www.GilCedillo.com.

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