Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY
(“Until Everyone Has it Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy, Special Exhibit, April 5, 2017-June 2018)
*1947 Brooklyn Dodger team autographed baseball, including Jackie Robinson’s signature on the “sweet spot.”
*Original 1946 Montreal Royals program from Daytona Beach, FL when Jackie Robinson was wearing uniform number 9, not his familiar and now MLB retired uniform number 42.
*Original 1947 Dodger Spring Training program from Havana, Cuba at Gran Stadium, where Jackie Robinson trained with the Montreal Royals in anticipation of his call-up to the major league Dodger roster for Opening Day on April 15, 1947. Robinson was wearing uniform number 9 that spring.
*1947 Brooklyn Dodger National League Championship black bat produced by Louisville Slugger in commemoration of the championship and was awarded to players, coaches and executives, a tradition started in 1934.
*Quick, News weekly magazine from October 6, 1952, with Jackie Robinson on the full-color cover at Ebbets Field.
*October 30, 1950 newspaper clipping from the New York Sun in which Dodger President Walter O’Malley states, “prejudices have no place in society – and certainly not in sports.”
*Black and white photographs of Jackie Robinson from the O’Malley family collection.
*Original black and white postcard with a photograph of Jackie Robinson and teammate Pee Wee Reese making a double play. On the front of the postcard is a note from Robinson, “We’ll nail them both in ’52; the pennant and the World Series” with his printed signature.
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY (An exhibit in 2010-2012 featuring)
1) 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship black bat. 2) 1931 Ebbets Field blueprint showing surrounding streets. 3) John Cullen Murphy’s original color framed artwork of Walter O’Malley, Walter Alston, Ebbets Field, Duke Snider and Pee Wee Reese. The artwork shows O’Malley’s plan to replace aging Ebbets Field with a new domed stadium for the Dodgers in Brooklyn. Artwork was displayed originally in Sport magazine in July 1957. 4) 1949 World Series ticket for Game 4 on October 8 at Ebbets Field between the Dodgers and the New York Yankees. The ticket was for Private Box 100. 5) A famous color photo of some of the Dodgers’ all-time great players talking around the batting cage at Ebbets Field (L-R: Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo, Jackie Robinson, Carl Erskine, Gil Hodges, Don Newcombe, Duke Snider and Roy Campanella). 6) A framed color photo of the interior of Ebbets Field, showing ads in the outfield and a portion of the famous scoreboard in right field. 7) Original Brooklyn Ball Club (Dodgers) stock certificate issued to Charles H. for 62 shares in the Dodgers on October 11, 1907. 8) Black and white photograph of Marvin Kratter (right) with Buzzie Bavasi, signing a contract for the sale of Ebbets Field on October 30, 1956. 9) Original letter sent by Los Angeles City Councilmember Rosalind Wiener Wyman on September 1, 1955 to Dodger owner Walter O’Malley expressing her desire to meet with him along with councilmember Edward Roybal in New York. 10) Carbon copy of letter sent by Dodger owner Walter O’Malley to Los Angeles City Councilmember Rosalind Wiener Wyman on September 7, 1955 responding to her request to meet with him in New York. 11) Black and white photograph from 1955 of Dodger owner Walter O’Malley and R. Buckminster Fuller looking inside a large-scale model of the proposed domed stadium for the Dodgers to be privately built by O’Malley at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn. 12) Black and white photography of Dodger owner Walter O’Malley, who inspects a model of a proposed new domed stadium for the Dodgers in Brooklyn with city officials and business leaders on February 28, 1956 (L-R: Thomas Goodfellow, President, Long Island Railroad; Robert Moses, Parks Commissioner for the City of New York; Bernard Gimbel, President, New York Convention Bureau; O’Malley; and John McGrath, attorney for the committee studying the site for a new stadium in Brooklyn. 13) Original copy of Sport magazine from July 1957, which includes the artwork of John Cullen Murphy showing Walter O’Malley and his idea of a domed stadium in Brooklyn for the Dodgers to replace aging Ebbets Field.
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
(“Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American” special exhibit, April 7-October 30, 2016)
*Original Dodger Stadium model produced for Walter O’Malley as a gift from his friend Mervyn LeRoy, renowned producer-director, by Warner Bros. Studios, circa 1960. Model from original plans by designer-engineer Capt. Emil Praeger and shows pastel color seating palette used in Dodger Stadium when it opened April 10, 1962. David Ernstein of Warner Bros. art department made the model. The original model was exhibited in the winter of 1961-62, prior to the opening of Dodger Stadium, when it was on display at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America headquarters building downtown. It was in O’Malley’s office until 1979.
*Hall of Fame Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, considered the greatest left-hander of all-time, presented autographed baseballs from each of his four no-hitters in appreciation to Dodger President Walter O’Malley and his wife, Kay. On June 30, 1962, Koufax beat the New York Mets, 5-0; on May 11, 1963, he defeated the San Francisco Giants, 8-0; on June 4, 1964, he blanked the Phillies in Philadelphia, 3-0; and on September 9, 1965, he pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, 1-0. This unique collection of four autographed Koufax baseballs presented to the O’Malley family is on display.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Dallas, TX
(“Baseball, America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime” special exhibit, March 21-October 4, 2015)
*Original hand-written note (two-sided) from U.S. President George H.W. Bush to Los Angeles Dodger President Peter O’Malley, June 15, 1991; color photo of President Bush’s Dodger Stadium arrival on June 14, 1991; autographed Dodger ticket by President Bush; original press notes from June 14, 1991 distributed to the media. President Bush is the only sitting U.S. President to have visited Dodger Stadium.
*Autographed, framed photo of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, October 3, 1956. Walter O’Malley welcomes President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Ebbets Field, Brooklyn for Game 1 of the 1956 World Series on October 3. The Dodgers beat the New York Yankees, 6-3, before a crowd of 34,479. It was the first World Series game attended by a U.S. President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt on October 2, 1936 in New York. In appreciation for the visit, President Eisenhower signed a photo from that day to O’Malley. Besides O’Malley and President Eisenhower, also visible facing front (L-R) are Eisenhower’s son, Maj. John S. Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. In front of the President are Treasury Secretary George M. Humphrey and, to his left, Labor Secretary James P. Mitchell.
*Framed photo of Richard Nixon, 1952. U.S. Senator Richard Nixon from California, who was the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate, is seen in center standing. Dodger Hall of Fame centerfielder Duke Snider heads toward the visitors' dugout after hitting a home run in Game 5 of the 1952 World Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 5. The Dodgers won 6-5 in 11 innings. Jackie Robinson and his famous uniform No. 42 (permanently retired by all of Major League Baseball in 1997) are visible in the foreground. Mr. Nixon became the 36th Vice President of the United States in 1953 and the 37th President of the United States in 1969.
*Signed original letter from Richard Nixon to Dodger President Walter O’Malley, October 11, 1966. Following the Baltimore Orioles’ four-game sweep of the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 World Series, Mr. Nixon writes to O’Malley about the disappointment of losing and has enclosed a separate letter to Dodger centerfielder Willie Davis, who struggled defensively, for O’Malley to forward. In January, 1969, Mr. Nixon is inaugurated as the 37th President of the United States.
*Signed original letter from U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Dodger President Peter O’Malley, October 25, 1977. President Carter sends his appreciation to O’Malley and the Dodgers for inviting his mother, Lillian, to throw the ceremonial first pitch for Game 4 of the 1977 World Series on October 15 before 55,995 fans at Dodger Stadium.
*Signed original, hand-written letter from Mrs. Lillian Carter to Dodger President Peter O’Malley, January 17, 1978, two sheets. Mrs. Carter expressing gratitude to O’Malley for a gift of a 1977 World Series bat and for the invitation to throw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the 1977 World Series on October 15 at Dodger Stadium, describing it as “the highlight of my life.”
*Hall of Fame Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, considered the greatest left-hander of all-time, presented autographed baseballs from each of his four no-hitters in appreciation to Dodger President Walter O’Malley. On June 30, 1962, Koufax beat the New York Mets, 5-0; on May 11, 1963, he defeated the San Francisco Giants, 8-0; on June 4, 1964, he blanked the Phillies in Philadelphia, 3-0; and on September 9, 1965, he pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, 1-0. In 1972, Koufax was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
*Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo autographed photo, 1996, photo by Jon SooHoo. Park and Nomo signed inscriptions to then Dodger President Peter O’Malley, who made the historic international signings of the pioneer pitchers in 1994 and 1995, respectively. Park was the first player from South Korea to sign and play in Major League Baseball, while in 1995, Nomo became the first Japanese player from Japan's Pacific or Central Leagues to play in MLB since Masanori Murakami in 1965. The All-Star pitchers both opened the doors for dozens of players from their respective countries to participate in MLB. Park won 124 games in MLB, the most by any pitcher from Asia. Nomo was inducted to the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.
*1907 Brooklyn Dodgers stock certificate issued to Charles H. Ebbets, signed by Ebbets. Charles H. Ebbets started his career in baseball as a bookkeeper with the Dodgers in 1883, but worked his way up the organization, eventually purchasing shares of stock to become a Dodger owner and team president in 1898. This is one of his original stock certificates from 1907, which he issued and signed. He was best known for assembling and purchasing land in Brooklyn to build Ebbets Field from steel and concrete, which opened in April, 1913. Ebbets passed away in 1925.
*Original hand-written, signed letter from Ty Cobb to Los Angeles Dodger President Walter O’Malley, May 8, 1959. Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb, known as “The Georgia Peach,” writes to Dodger President Walter O’Malley with his signature green ink pen. Cobb remarks that he appreciates the Dodgers holding a Roy Campanella exhibition game the night before on May 7, 1959, in tribute to the Dodger catcher who was paralyzed in an automobile accident in 1958. The game drew a then-record attendance for baseball of 93,103 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, who paid tribute to Campy, though he had never played in L.A. Cobb also assures O’Malley that those few who have thrown obstacles in his way during the Dodgers’ short time in L.A. are in the minority. This is the first time the letter has been displayed in an exhibit.
*Original signed letter from U.S. President Ronald Reagan to Los Angeles Dodger President Peter O’Malley, October 29, 1981. Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, writes a letter to Dodger President Peter O’Malley expressing his congratulations on the Dodgers’ recent 1981 World Series Championship against the New York Yankees. The Dodgers came from behind in three postseason series to win the World Championship – as they defeated the Houston Astros, Montreal Expos and Yankees. It was the first of two Dodger World Championships in the 1980s. Mr. Reagan visited Dodger Stadium on numerous occasions, but not as a sitting U.S. President.
*1955 Brooklyn Dodgers autographed team baseball. The 1955 Dodgers captured the World Championship, marking the first and only time in Brooklyn. The Dodgers started the season with 10 straight victories and a 22-2 record en route to a 98-win season. Future Hall of Fame Dodger players from that team include Roy Campanella, Sandy Koufax, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and Manager Walter Alston. But, there were many more talented players on the team, including Joe Black, Carl Erskine, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Clem Labine, Don Newcombe and Johnny Podres. The Dodgers beat their old nemesis, the New York Yankees, to win the World Series in seven games to complete a memorable and satisfying season. Twenty-one players and Manager Alston signed this ball early in the 1955 season. This is the first time the ball has been displayed in a museum.
Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, CA
("Baseball: Celebrating Our Great American Pastime" special exhibit, April 4-September 14, 2014)
*Original Dodger Stadium model produced for Walter O'Malley as a gift from his friend Mervyn LeRoy, renowned producer-director, by Warner Bros. Studios, circa 1960. Model from original plans and shows pastel color seating palette used in Dodger Stadium when it opened April 10, 1962. David Ernstein of Warner Bros. art department made the model. The original model has not been exhibited since the winter of 1961-62, prior to the opening of Dodger Stadium, when it was on display at the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America headquarters building downtown.
Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda, CA
("Play Ball! Presidents and Baseball" special exhibit, April 6-October 5, 2014)
*Wristwatch, manufactured by Longines, presented to Dodger President Walter O'Malley as "Brooklyn's Catholic Man of the Year Award" by Congressman John F.
Kennedy, after JFK's talk to the dinner gathering at the Cathedral Club on January 17, 1952. Also, audio interview on CD, as O'Malley reminisces to Vin
Scully on Union Oil record, 1966. Back of the watch inscription: "CATHEDRAL CLUB OF BROOKLYN Presented to Walter F. O'Malley by Hon. John F. Kennedy,
January 17, 1952, MAN OF THE YEAR AWARD".
*Autographed, framed photo of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, October 3, 1956. Walter O'Malley welcomes President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Ebbets
Field, Brooklyn for Game 1 of the 1956 World Series on October 3. The Dodgers beat the New York Yankees, 6-3, before a crowd of 34,479. It was the first
World Series game attended by a U.S. President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt on October 2, 1936 in New York. President Eisenhower autographed the photo
*Framed photo of Richard Nixon, 1963. Former U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Dodger President Walter O'Malley attend Game 1 of the 1963 World Series
in Yankee Stadium, New York, on October 2. The Dodgers defeated the Yankees twice at Yankee Stadium and then returned to Dodger Stadium to finish a
four-game sweep, the only time in their history they won a World Championship at home.
*Framed photo of Richard Nixon, 1952. U.S. Senator Richard Nixon from California is seen in center standing, as Dodger centerfielder Duke Snider heads
toward the visitors' dugout after hitting a home run in Game 5 of the 1952 World Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 5. The
Dodgers won 6-5 in 11 innings. Jackie Robinson and his famous uniform No. 42 (permanently retired by all of Major League Baseball in 1997) are visible in
*Ten foot long, original color seating chart concept for the new Dodger Stadium, circa 1960, created by Capt. Emil Praeger for Dodger President Walter
O'Malley, who collaborated on the design, with a color palette for seating levels "from the land to the sky." Praeger, senior partner of Praeger, Kavanagh
and Waterbury of New York, was a Navy captain and the consulting engineer for the structural and foundation design for the 1949 White House renovation. He
and O'Malley collaborated to design Holman Stadium, opened in 1953 at Dodgertown, Vero Beach, Florida.
*Signed original letter from Richard Nixon to Dodger President Walter O'Malley, October 11, 1966. Following the Baltimore Orioles' four-game sweep of the
National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1966 World Series, Mr. Nixon writes to O'Malley about the disappointment of losing and has enclosed a
separate letter to Dodger centerfielder Willie Davis, who struggled defensively, for O'Malley to forward.
*Signed original letter from U.S. President Jimmy Carter to Dodger President Peter O'Malley, October 25, 1977. President Carter sends his appreciation to
O'Malley and the Dodgers for inviting his mother, Lillian, to throw the ceremonial first pitch for Game 4 of the 1977 World Series on October 15 before
55,995 fans at Dodger Stadium.
*Signed original, hand-written letter from Mrs. Lillian Carter to Dodger President Peter O'Malley, January 17, 1978, two sheets. Carter expressing
gratitude to him for a gift of a 1977 World Series bat and for the invitation to throw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 4 of the 1977 World Series on
October 15 at Dodger Stadium, describing it as "the highlight of my life."
*Signed original, hand-written note from U.S. President George H.W. Bush to Dodger President Peter O'Malley, June 15, 1991, two-sided. Mr. Bush is the only
sitting U.S. President to visit Dodger Stadium - on June 14, 1991 - though Ronald Reagan visited on several occasions, before and after his presidency.
President Bush relates how much he enjoyed relaxing for the Dodgers vs. St. Louis game, won 2-1 by the Dodgers the previous night.
*Original Los Angeles Dodger ticket autographed by U.S. President George H.W. Bush. Mr. Bush autographed a full President's Box ticket for Dodger President
Peter O'Malley during his visit to Dodger Stadium, June 14, 1991.
*Color photograph of Dodger President Peter O'Malley welcoming U.S. President George H.W. Bush to Dodger Stadium for a June 14, 1991 game between the
Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, won by the Dodgers 2-1.
*Original Dodger Game Press Notes, distributed daily to the media, June 14, 1991, St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger Stadium. Note
regarding the visit of U.S. President George H.W. Bush to Dodger Stadium. Mr. Bush was the only U.S. President to visit Dodger Stadium while in office.
*1959 World Championship black bat, Los Angeles Dodgers, by Hillerich and Bradsby. This special Louisville Slugger bat was produced for Dodger players and
executives to commemorate the 1959 World Series championship against the Chicago White Sox. It was Major League Baseball's first World Series on the West
*1963 World Championship black bat, Los Angeles Dodgers, by Hillerich and Bradsby. Louisville Slugger bats were made for Dodger players and executives to
commemorate the Dodgers' sweep in the World Series over the New York Yankees.
*Hall of Fame Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax, considered the greatest left-hander of all-time, presented autographed baseballs from each of his four
no-hitters in appreciation to Dodger President Walter O'Malley. On June 30, 1962, Koufax beat the New York Mets, 5-0; on May 11, 1963, he defeated the San
Francisco Giants, 8-0; on June 4, 1964, he blanked the Phillies in Philadelphia, 3-0; and on September 9, 1965, he pitched a perfect game against the
Chicago Cubs, 1-0.
*Original signed letter from U.S President George W. Bush to Dodger President Peter O'Malley, March 24, 2010. President Bush thanks O'Malley after having
received the "Peter J. O'Malley Distinguished Little League Ambassador Award" at the 25th Little League Baseball International Congress. Mr. Bush is the
first Little League player to be elected as U.S. President. The award was first presented to O'Malley, longtime chair of the Little League Foundation, in
1992 and subsequently named for him.
*Original 1960 Los Angeles Dodgers Yearbook. Cover celebrates the Dodgers' first World Championship in Los Angeles from 1959, but also looks ahead to the
construction of Dodger Stadium. At the time, the Dodgers temporarily played home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (1958-1961) until Dodger
President Walter O'Malley privately built Dodger Stadium, opened April 10, 1962.
*Original 1963 World Series Program. The Los Angeles Dodgers edition of the 1963 World Series program features the traditional interlocking LA cap and the
New York Yankees "NY" cap on the cover. The Dodgers swept the Yankees in four games to win their second World Series in Los Angeles.
*Original 1971 Los Angeles Dodgers Yearbook. Cover celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The iconic ballpark was the first of
the modern era to be built exclusively for baseball and with focus on family-friendly amenities. In their first 10 seasons at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers
played in three World Series, winning two World Championships (1963 and 1965).
*Original 1974 World Series Program. Major League Baseball created the cover design for the 1974 World Series program featuring a giant baseball as a
globe. The Dodgers lost to the Oakland Athletics in five games in the World Series.
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA
("Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game," special exhibit from March 29-September 14, 2014)
*Ten members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame autographed this one-of-a-kind porcelain plate, including Jackie Robinson and Walter O'Malley, while
renowned sports writer Sotaro Suzuki, a Hall of Famer in Japan, also signed the plate. The plate, with famous Mt. Fuji in the background, was presented to
Dodger owner Walter O'Malley by members of the traveling party, who visited the Noritake factory during the Dodgers' 1956 Goodwill Tour to Japan. A total
of 40 signatures are on the plate.
*Happi coat from Dodgers' 1966 Goodwill Tour to Japan, Happi coat (kimono) was presented to members of the traveling party during the Dodgers' 1966
Goodwill Tour to Japan. The front of the coat with cherry blossoms reads "Welcome, World Peace and Dodgers".
*Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo autographed photo, 1996, photo by Jon SooHoo. Park and Nomo signed inscriptions to then Dodger President Peter O'Malley, who
made the historic international signings of the pioneer pitchers in 1994 and 1995, respectively. Park was the first player from South Korea to sign and
play in Major League Baseball, while in 1995, Nomo became the first Japanese player from Japan's Pacific or Central Leagues to play in MLB since Masanori
Murakami in 1965.
*Hideo Nomo color artwork artist's proof by artist Hiro Yamagata. "The Warrior" Hideo Nomo, with 123 victories in the majors, is colorfully and boldly
depicted with his unique twisting and turning pitching wind-up. In 2014, Nomo was elected to the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame. Nomo's successful career
enabled more than 40 additional players from Japan to play in Major League Baseball and follow in his historic footsteps.
*Dodger pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who became the only player to win Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards in the same season (1981), is depicted in
original artwork by Red Grooms at West Palm Beach, Florida during 1985 Spring Training. Montreal Expos owner Charles Bronfman, who commissioned artwork of
various players, sent this original as a gift to then Dodger President Peter O'Malley and his wife Annette.
*Framed collection of autographed 1984 Olympic baseballs. The eight autographed baseballs represent the participating teams for the 1984 Olympic Baseball
exhibition tournament held at Dodger Stadium before sellout crowds. Following Japan's 6-3 win over Team USA in the final game, this collection was
presented to Dodger owner Peter O'Malley by the Dodger organization, with the momentum from the tournament ultimately leading to baseball's inclusion as an
official gold medal sport at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona
*Dodger National League Championship black bat, 1947. Louisville Slugger presented championship black bats to Dodger players and the organization
commemorating their success. Jackie Robinson, who made his debut season with the Dodgers and broke baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, is among
those National League Champion Dodgers whose name is on the bat.
*Akihiro "Ike" Ikuhara and Peter O'Malley Memorial Sports Management Class flyers - Tommy Lasorda on June 24, 2004, Sadaharu Oh on January 21, 2008.
Following the passing of Japan Baseball Hall of Fame honoree Akihiro "Ike" Ikuhara, Peter O'Malley and Waseda University started the Akihiro "Ike" Ikuhara
and Peter O'Malley Memorial Sports Management Class to commemorate Ikuhara's significant contributions to international baseball. Starting in May 2003, 12
lectures were held through November 2009, including U.S. Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
*Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo on Newsweek international edition cover, 1995. Magazine covers feature the far-reaching effects of Dodger
international pitching stars Hideo Nomo and Chan Ho Park from Newsweek International edition (in Korean language) and another United States
*Hideo Nomo on Sports Illustrated cover, July 10, 1995. Sports Illustrated features pitcher Hideo Nomo as its cover story, as Nomomania
begins to take hold in the United States and in Japan. A hero in his homeland, Nomo's every start was shown live on jumbo TV screens strategically placed
on buildings and street corners in 13 cities in Japan.
*Korean-language newspapers feature Chan Ho Park's signing, January 14, 1994. Three Korean-language newspapers represent the extensive coverage of pitcher
Chan Ho Park's historic signing on January 14, 1994 by the Dodgers. The pioneer Park story resonates in the large Los Angeles Korean community and in South
Korea, where newspapers prominently feature him alongside Dodger President Peter O'Malley at the press conference.
*Emperor Hirohito and Walter O'Malley photograph, November 6, 1966. Dodger owner Walter O'Malley (second from right) and Baseball Commissioner William D.
Eckert (far right) prepare to meet Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako at Tokyo's Korakuen Stadium for a Dodger exhibition game. The Dodgers made their
second Goodwill Tour to Japan in 1966 and it was reported that the Emperor witnessed his first baseball game.
*1956 Dodger Goodwill Tour to Japan promotional poster. This rare original color poster promotes the 1956 Dodger Goodwill Tour to Japan, with images of
(left-right) Dodger stars Roy Campanella, Duke Snider and Don Newcombe. Matsutaro Shoriki, the founder of the Yomiuri Shimbun and "father of
Japanese professional baseball" dispatched confidant Sotaro Suzuki to New York to meet with Dodger owner Walter O'Malley and ask the Dodgers to make a fall
trip to Japan.
*Photo album of Tokyo Yomiuri Giants visit to Dodgertown, Spring 1961. In 1957, Dodger owner Walter O'Malley invited Giants Manager Shigeru Mizuhara, Yomiuri Shimbun sports writer Sotaro Suzuki, who helped organize the 1956 Dodger Goodwill Tour to Japan in 1956, catcher Shigeru Fujio and pitcher
Sho Horiuchi to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida for Spring Training. In 1961, the entire Giants team trained at Dodgertown (the first of five visits) and
this photo album highlights the friendly relationship between the Dodgers and Giants.
*Hideo Nomo Proof Coin Set, 1995. Pitcher Hideo Nomo, known as "Warrior," was so popular in Japan and in the United States that a special coin set was
designed to commemorate his historic achievement as the first player from Japan's Pacific or Central Leagues to perform in Major League Baseball since
Masanori Murakami in 1965. This proof set features gold, silver and bronze coins and is numbered No. 1 of 95.
*Dodger souvenir miniature baseball bats were created for several significant openings of Dodger youth and adult baseball fields, privately built by former
Dodger President Peter O'Malley, including in Tianjin, China (Sept. 12, 1986), Managua, Nicaragua (Jan. 18, 1992) and Dublin, Ireland (July 4, 1998).
Mini-bats were also made for the Dodgers 1993 Friendship Series as they traveled toTaipei, Taiwan and Fukuoka, Japan.
*Walter O'Malley's Third Class "Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon", November 15, 1966. Emperor Hirohito awards Walter O'Malley the
Third Class "Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon" during the Dodgers' 1966 Goodwill Tour to Japan. O'Malley received the high honor,
established in 1888 for both civil and military merit, on November 15, 1966 at the Prime Minister's Office, where he was decorated by Kiyosi Mori, director
general for Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, in recognition of fostering United States-Japan friendship through professional baseball and the second of two
Dodger Goodwill Tours to Japan.
*Program from Dodgers' 1956 Goodwill Tour to Japan. An official program, in Japanese, from the Dodgers' 1956 Goodwill Tour to Japan featuring team captain
and shortstop Pee Wee Reese on the cover. Reese is a Dodger Hall of Famer.
*Tommy Lasorda signed photograph, August 3, 1997. Popular Tommy Lasorda had a stellar managerial career with 1,599 victories and two World Championships in
20 seasons for the Dodgers. This 1997 Lasorda autographed photograph is inscribed to Peter O'Malley and Peter's wife Annette and shows Tommy holding his
Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown, New York.
*Hand-written letter to Walter O'Malley from Tommy Lasorda, January 30, 1965. In 1965, an original hand-written letter from Tommy Lasorda to Walter
O'Malley, owner of the Dodgers, during a Japan visit to instruct Tokyo Yomiuri Giants players. Lasorda informs Mr. O'Malley of his activities in helping to
train the Giants during his stay and includes newspaper clippings of the goodwill trip.
*An original, color ticket from the Dodgers' 1956 Goodwill Tour to Japan, with writing in Japanese. More than 450,000 fans attended Dodger exhibition games
throughout the country and the Dodgers finished 14-4-1 on the trip.
*Akihiro "Ike" Ikuhara commemorative baseball and two baseball books, 1984, 1985. Akihiro "Ike" Ikuhara, Assistant to Dodger President Peter O'Malley from
1982-1992, wrote two books in Japanese: "The Man Who Survives the Race" in 1984 and "Dodger Way: A Winning Tradition" (1985). A commemorative baseball was
created to honor Ikuhara, who was posthumously inducted into the Japan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.
*An original letter from Jackie Robinson to Dodger President Peter O'Malley on June 8, 1972 expresses his appreciation regarding the Dodgers' retiring his
uniform No. 42 during Old-Timer's Day ceremonies on June 4, 1972 at Dodger Stadium. Robinson wrote, in part, "I want you to know that I was never so moved
by the response of the fans as on that day."
*Tommy Lasorda original hand-written letter to express appreciation to Dodger President Peter O'Malley on December 19, 1981, following the Dodgers' World
Championship season. Lasorda writes, in part, "I will be starting my thirty third year with the Dodgers. I've enjoyed everyone of them, but 1981 has to be
the greatest of them all…We brought the Championship back to L.A. where it belongs…"
*Fernando Valenzuela Celebrity Window Waver, 1983. Fernandomania started in 1981 and Dodger fans were all looking for a collectible featuring Fernando.
With his smiling face and his hand holding a baseball, the window waver was meant to be placed in a car, so that its motion made the hand wave - a fun and
unique item featuring one of the all-time Dodger greats.
*The Dodgers All-Time Greats, A Pictorial History (1890-1970's). A special publication produced by the Dodgers that features Sandy Koufax and Jackie
Robinson on the cover at Dodger Stadium from Old-Timer's Day on June 4, 1972. The inside highlights individual and team photos, Dodgers in the Hall of Fame
and great moments of the organization.
*Photograph of Jackie Robinson stealing home plate, May 18, 1952. Jackie Robinson stealing home plate against the Chicago Cubs at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn,
New York as Dodger pitcher Preacher Roe is batting and steps back from home, while Cubs' catcher John Pramesa makes a late tag according to National League
umpire Augie Guglielmo. The daring base runner Robinson stole home 19 times in his illustrious career, electrifying every ballpark with his energy. The
label on the original photo is dated incorrectly, as the game was three days later than it suggests.
*Artist signed print of President Barack Obama sliding, November 2008, J.D. Crowe cartoonist. Print of President Barack Obama in a baseball uniform sliding
in J.D. Crowe's cartoon "Jackie Robinson of Politics," signed by the artist to Peter O'Malley. Jackie Robinson's significance as the first African American
baseball player to cross the color barrier in Major League Baseball goes way beyond sports to the Civil Rights movement and, as Crowe suggests, to
President No. 44 Barack Obama, another historic first.
*Japan Night celebration at Dodger Stadium, April 12, 1962. An April 13, 1962 newspaper clipping from The Kashu Mainichi showing Kay O'Malley,
wife of Dodger owner Walter O'Malley, wearing a beautiful red Happi coat on Japan Night at Dodger Stadium, as part of Nisei Week celebrations. Just two
days after Dodger Stadium opened, April 12 was a big day for Mrs. O'Malley, as it was her birthday and also stadium dedication ceremonies were held on the
Top Deck level.
*Copy of November 1, 1959 letter from Mallie Robinson, Jackie Robinson's mother, who writes to Norris Poulson, Mayor of Los Angeles (1953-1961) in support
of Dodger President Walter O'Malley, when O'Malley was trying to privately build Dodger Stadium.
*Transfer decal from the 1956 Dodger Goodwill Tour to Japan, sponsored by the Yomiuri Shimbun. The decal shows an outline of Mt. Fuji and the
Dodger script name in red letters, not blue.
Baseball Hall of Fame, Tokyo, Japan
("Baseball in Japan and the O'Malley Family: A Lasting Friendship" special exhibit, June 29-July 15, 2013)
*During the Dodgers' 1956 Goodwill Tour to Japan, the traveling party visited the Noritake factory. Members of the team and traveling party autographed the plate and 58 years later, the clarity of the signatures is remarkable. This one-of-a-kind porcelain plate, hand-painted with Mt. Fuji in the background, was presented to Dodger owner Walter O'Malley. National Baseball Hall of Famers Walter Alston, Billy Herman, Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, Walter O'Malley, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Vin Scully, Jocko Conlan and Japan Hall of Famer Sotaro Suzuki were among those that signed the plate, which has 40 total signatures.
*July 8, 1947 framed "Thank you" letter from New York Yankee Hall of Famer Babe Ruth to Walter O'Malley, then part-owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
*Placard, a replica of the bronze plaque that the Dodgers presented at the entrance of Hiroshima Stadium, on November 1, 1956. Accompanying the replica plaque are original autographs of the Dodgers and members of the traveling party in attendance at the presentation.
*Plaque presented to Walter O'Malley from Baseball Commissioner William D. Eckert, featuring a September 15, 1966 letter from U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson to Eckert about continuing the friendship between the U.S. and Japan through baseball. The Dodgers were about to make their second Goodwill Tour to Japan in October - November, 1966.
*Walter O'Malley's framed Third Order of the Sacred Treasure Gold Rays With Neck Ribbon, the high honor for a non-Japanese. O'Malley received the award on November 15, 1966 at the Prime Minister's Office as he was decorated by Kiyosi Mori, director general for Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, in recognition of fostering United States-Japan friendship through professional baseball.
*Two photos of Walter O'Malley meeting Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako at Tokyo's Korakuen Stadium for the November 6, 1966 exhibition game.
*Framed collection of 1984 Olympic Baseball exhibition tournament autographed baseballs by members of the eight competing countries, presented to Dodger owner Peter O'Malley from the Dodger organization. Japan won the tournament at Dodger Stadium.
*Color photograph of Peter O'Malley, MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Shigeo Nagashima, Manager of the Yomiuri Giants on June 29, 1994 at Tokyo Dome, Japan.
*Akihiro "Ike" Ikuhara and Peter O'Malley Memorial Sports Management Class lecture flyer featuring Sadaharu Oh at Waseda University on January 21, 2009.
*St. Patrick's Day greeting card signed by the Yomiuri Giants at Dodgertown, Vero Beach, Florida in 1967. The card was presented to Peter O'Malley and signed by all members of the 1967 Giants.
*1995 framed color photograph of Chan Ho Park and Hideo Nomo autographed to Dodger President Peter O'Malley. Park was the first player from South Korea to sign and play Major League Baseball and Nomo was the first Japanese player from Japan's Pacific or Central Leagues since Masanori Murakami in 1965 to play in MLB. Both were pioneers and opened the door for many more players to follow in their footsteps from South Korea and Japan.
*Three Happi coats presented to members of the Dodgers' traveling party during the team's 1966 Goodwill Tour to Japan. The front of one coat reads "Welcome, World Peace and Dodgers", while another says "Los Angeles Dodgers" and the third commemorates the Union 76 sponsorship of the Dodgers and their relationship with Maruzen Oil Company. With that coat, a headband shows the Dodger and Yomiuri Giants names.
Elliott Museum, Stuart, FL
("Florida Fields of Dreams: A Celebration of Spring Training" special exhibit in March-September, 2010)
*1953 Holman Stadium Dedication Program with blue insert (order of ceremonies).
*October 16, 1952 carbon copy of letter from Walter O'Malley to Judge L.M. Merriman, Vero Beach, FL and his plan to name the new stadium at Dodgertown "Holman Stadium" in honor of Bud L. Holman.
*Blueprint of Holman Stadium dedication plaque.
*Black and white photo of Connie Mack shaking hands with Walter O'Malley.
*Black and white photo of Dodger President Peter O'Malley as he names "Duke Snider Rd." at Dodgertown in 1980 in honor of Snider, as Al Campanis, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale join in the festivities.
*Black and white photo of Tokyo Yomiuri Giants' slugger Sadaharu Oh, Dodger owner Walter O'Malley, Giants' President Toru Shoriki and Giants' star Shigeo Nagashima enjoy a cultural exchange at Dodgertown in 1971.
*Dodgertown Camp for Boys original color brochure.
*Black and white aerial 4 x 5" photo of Dodgertown, showing the old barracks and Fields No. 1 and No. 2.
*Seven (7) postcards of Dodgertown (four black and white and three color) showing views of Holman Stadium, players' lounge, old barracks and stretching exercise on the field.
*1964 St. Patrick's Day party invitation showing Dodger owner Walter O'Malley and his wife, Kay, the hosts of the gala.
*April 5, 1958 LIFE magazine featuring hundreds of Dodger rookies on the cover. It was the first year that the former U.S. Naval Air base was used for Spring Training and renamed "Dodgertown" in Vero Beach, FL.
*Black and white photo of the March 11, 1953 Holman Stadium dedication ceremonies, as Walter O'Malley congratulates Bud L. Holman.
*March 28, 1955 Sports Illustrated magazine featuring the artwork of John Groth on pages 56 and 57 with a story "Big Business At Vero Beach."
*Carbon copies of 1955 letters written by Walter O'Malley to Groth and to SI's art editor James Snyder regarding John Groth's artwork and his thanks for sending the drawing as a gift.
*Green full ticket from the first game played at Holman Stadium, Dodgertown, Vero Beach, FL dated March 11, 1953.
*Original artwork of John Groth depicts a typical day of activities at Dodgertown. The artwork, created in 1955, was presented as a gift to Dodger President O'Malley.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY
(Artifacts to commemorate Walter O'Malley induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame, July 27, 2008-June 2009)
*O'Malley's master key for Dodger Stadium with O'Malley's name engraved on it.
*O'Malley's shovel used during groundbreaking ceremonies for Dodger Stadium on September 17, 1959.
*O'Malley's 1963 World Series ring, with a large "4" etched on the shank, representing the four-game sweep of the New York Yankees.
*A hand-carved and painted model of the Dodger-owned Lockheed Electra II airplane, named "Kay O'" in honor of O'Malley's wife Kay, and used to transport the Dodgers from 1962-70.
*O'Malley's Executive Box, Seat No. 1 ticket to Opening Day of Dodger Stadium on April 10, 1962, which is inscribed to his wife Kay.
*Four autographed Sandy Koufax baseballs - one from each of his Dodger no-hitters, including his perfect game on September 9, 1965 - personalized to O'Malley.
*The "Spoon Man" Award presented to O'Malley, honoring him as the outstanding overall student of the 1926 class at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sports Museum of America, New York, NY
*October 14, 1946 letter from Dodger owner Walter O'Malley to Emil Praeger, designer of Dodger Stadium, about aging Ebbets Field, seeking solutions to privately build a stadium in Brooklyn.
*Framed John Cullen Murphy color artwork showing Walter O'Malley's vision to privately build a domed stadium in Brooklyn for the Dodgers to replace aging Ebbets Field.
Cypres Sports Museum, Los Angeles, CA
(Photo enlargements with captions, 2008)
*Walter O'Malley outside of his office on the Club Level at Dodger Stadium, circa mid-1960s. O'Malley built, privately-financed and helped to design Dodger Stadium and is also credited with the westward expansion of Major League Baseball prior to the 1958 season.
*R. Buckminster Fuller's invention of a geodesic dome intrigued Walter O'Malley, who wrote to him in 1955, envisioning a year-round, multi-purpose stadium in Brooklyn for the Dodgers and other events. Had it been built, it would have been baseball's first dome stadium, 10 years before the Astrodome emerged.
*O'Malley's so-called "3 a.m. Plan" before the Coliseum Commission emerges in January 1958 from his lack of sleep as he wrestles with options for where the Los Angeles Dodgers would play that year. By installing a removable screen on the north side of the Coliseum, it was possible to configure the football layout into a makeshift baseball field. The baseball diamond was to be placed in the closed end of the Coliseum, giving home plate a north-east orientation. A 42-foot high screen had to be installed because of the short 251-foot left field fence.
*On May 2, 1957, visionary O'Malley surveys the mammoth Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for possible temporary use by the Dodgers beginning with the 1958 season. He is standing where he believes home plate would be located. For O'Malley, it was only his third and final visit to Los Angeles before he made the decision to relocate the Dodgers on October 8, 1957.
*View of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum scoreboard on April 18, 1958 at the first major league game played in Los Angeles shows a record attendance of 78,672. The Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants, 6-5. The inaugural game set four attendance records: largest regular season (surpassed 78,382 for Chicago White Sox at Cleveland game on August 20, 1948); largest Opening Day (bested the 74,200 for Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, April 18, 1923); largest Opening Day in Dodger history (previously 34,530 for Giants at Dodgers in Brooklyn's Ebbets Field); and largest in National League history (beating 60,747 for Dodgers at Giants doubleheader at New York's Polo Grounds on May 31, 1937).
*Constructed at a cost of $23 million, O'Malley's dream stadium was the first privately-built Major League Baseball stadium since the original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923. A six-acre casting yard and special one-time use $150,000 crane were crucial to the rapid 19-month construction of Dodger Stadium. O'Malley was on site during the entire construction process and oversaw every detail.
*In 1946, Dodger owner Walter O'Malley writes to renowned engineer Capt. Emil Praeger (original misspelled Prager) about aging Ebbets Field, seeking solutions to privately build a Brooklyn stadium. When it was determined unfeasible in Brooklyn after his unprecedented decade-long effort, only then did O'Malley consider his options. O'Malley retained Praeger as engineer for Holman Stadium, Dodgertown in Vero Beach in 1953 and Dodger Stadium in 1962. *It was a happy time for Kay and Walter O'Malley, as they were in Yankee Stadium for the 1955 World Series. A familiar match-up ensued as the Dodgers played the New York Yankees, who had defeated their cross-town rivals in five previous World Series (1941, 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953). This time, the cry of "Wait 'Til Next Year!" was put to rest in the Borough of Brooklyn, as the Dodgers won a hard-fought seven-game World Series against the Yankees and became World Champions for the first time in their 65-year history.
*Two collectible press pins from 1959 are shown: On the left is the 1959 All-Star Game press pin from August 3, as the Dodgers hosted Major League Baseball's second All-Star Game at the Coliseum won by the American League, 5-3. From 1959-62, two All-Star Games were held to benefit the players' pension plan. On the right is the 1959 World Series press pin, featuring Los Angeles City Hall, as the Dodgers defeated the Chicago White Sox in six games to win their first World Championship in L.A. A World Series record crowd of 92,706 attended Game 5 on October 6 at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
*A Dodger night game at the unique Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum draws another huge crowd. During their four seasons playing in the Coliseum (1958-61), while owner O'Malley was building and privately financing Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers had Major League Baseball's highest attendance.
*O'Malley and his son, Peter, point out the Dodger logo on the Douglas DC-3 airplane, owned by the ballclub, which they acquired in 1950. The 20-seat DC-3 was used by the Dodgers to transport the team during Spring Training in Florida and by minor league Dodger teams in St. Paul, MN and Ft. Worth, TX from 1954-56. It was the first of five Dodger-owned aircraft, as they later purchased a Convair 440 Metropolitan (1957-60); DC-6B (1961); Lockheed Electra II (1962-70); and 720-B Fan Jet (1971-82). When O'Malley bought the Convair 440 in 1957, the Dodgers became the first team to own their own airplane.
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, CA
(Baseball Hall of Fame "Baseball As America" touring exhibit, September 21, 2002-January 5, 2003)
*Shovel used by Dodger President Walter O'Malley during groundbreaking ceremonies for Dodger Stadium on September 17, 1959.
*Shadow box of dirt from groundbreaking ceremonies for Dodger Stadium on September 17, 1959, presented as a gift to Walter O'Malley from Franklin Payne, publisher of the Los Angeles Examiner.