1961 aerial view of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Part of the Dick Whittington Photography Collection in the USC Digital Library.
Circa 1910 view of Arroyo Blvd in Pasadena. The present-day site of the Rose Bowl is visible in the distance.
On this day in 1958: Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley (center) visits the Rose Bowl with National League President Warren Giles (left) and Pasadena City Manager Don C. McMillan (right).
With the Dodgers scheduled to move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles for the 1958 season, but with Dodger Stadium still years away from completion, O’Malley considered using Pasadena’s Rose Bowl as the team’s temporary home field. O’Malley eventually opted for another football stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Dodgers played from 1958 to 1961.
Pasadena’s public information officer recently blogged about the Dodgers’ aborted move to the Crown City.