In 1953, several years before the Dodgers ultimately moved there, Los Angeles considered squeezing a baseball diamond into the Coliseum.
Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

In 1953, several years before the Dodgers ultimately moved there, Los Angeles considered squeezing a baseball diamond into the Coliseum.

Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Dodgers vs. Cardinals, 1958 edition. Los Angeles shortstop Don Zimmer crosses home after launching a home run to left field. 
Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Dodgers vs. Cardinals, 1958 edition. Los Angeles shortstop Don Zimmer crosses home after launching a home run to left field. 

Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A map of Dodger Stadium soon after it was first proposed for Chavez Ravine in 1957. Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

A map of Dodger Stadium soon after it was first proposed for Chavez Ravine in 1957. Part of the Los Angeles Examiner Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the opening of Dodger Stadium. These images from the USC Digital Library show the stadium’s progress from concept to construction site to sports venue.

To learn more about the history and controversial origins of Dodger Stadium, see L.A. as Subject’s post from last April, “A History of L.A.’s Baseball Stadiums: Stars, Angels, the Battle for Chavez Ravine.”

1970 aerial view of Dodger Stadium, looking south toward downtown Los Angeles. The Dodgers celebrate the stadium’s 50th anniversary tomorrow.

1970 aerial view of Dodger Stadium, looking south toward downtown Los Angeles. The Dodgers celebrate the stadium’s 50th anniversary tomorrow.