Welcoming Walter O'Malley
[(L-R) Walter O'Malley, Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Sam Yorty, Chad McClellan, Los Angeles Mayor Norris Poulson, Angels co-Owner and President Robert Reynolds and Angels co-Owner Gene Autry view a Dodger Stadium model in 1961. -- LA Times Collection, UCLA Library Special Collections -- Source: http://www.walteromalley.com/]
Back on June 14, 1961, O'Malley's and Yorty's paths crossed with the conflict over a new road being constructed from Riverside Dr. through Elysian Park. O'Malley was quoted as saying "Certainly, Mayor-elect [Yorty] should be given a reasonable opportunity to familiarize himself with all phases of the Dodger contract and we will be pleased to cooperate. We are confident he will be the first to encourage the speedy completion of the work so that the Stadium will be ready for the opening of next season."”
10 months later on April 9, 1962 Mayor Yorty attended and hosted opening day ceremonies at the new stadium, and in 1964 even threw out the first pitch.
O'Malley delivered Yorty and the fine city of Los Angeles a World Series Championship in 1965, a feat not sure to be accomplished by the current owners for the current Mayor if this last season was any indication.
On May 28, 1967 O'Malley appeared on the Sam Yorty Show, and the favored was returned with O'Malley hosting Yorty to a game on Sept. 6, 1967.
What does all of this have to do with Mayor Sam's Sister City?
O'Malley has come back to cover the sports scene for a few dead mayors. The newest member of the Sister City comes at a time of sports upheaval in our fine city, with the Clippers actually threatening the Lakers as the dominant home team and O'Malley's beloved Dodgers being over run by another "Los Angeles" baseball organization. Hockey has returned, a football team is being woo'd, and new stadium construction is even being rumored.
What better time to introduce our newest member to cover the bases these dead mayors have been amiss in covering.
Welcome aboard Walt! We are glad to have you!
He can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org