April 15, 1958The Los Angeles Dodgers’ first official game results in an 8-0 loss to the Giants in San Francisco. April 18, 1958 Dodgers christen major league baseball in Los Angeles with a 6-5 victory over the Giants at Memorial Coliseum before 78,672 in attendance. May 7, 1959 An exhibition game to pay tribute to paralyzed Dodger catcher Roy Campanella draws 93,103 to the Coliseum. Oct. 8, 1959 After finishing seventh the year before, the Dodgers bring Los Angeles a World Series title in their second season, defeating the Chicago White Sox in six games. Oct. 6, 1963 Dodgers stun their longtime rivals by completing a sweep of the New York Yankees, allowing four runs in four games. Sept. 9, 1965 Sandy Koufax throws a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, the fourth no-hitter of his career. The Dodgers win despite getting only one hit. Oct. 14, 1965 Another title, this time over the Minnesota Twins in seven games. Nov. 18, 1966 Koufax retires because of arthritis in his pitching arm at age 30, ending the first golden era of Dodger baseball in Los Angeles. June 8, 1968 Don Drysdale sets a major-league record, pitching 582/3 consecutive scoreless innings. June 23, 1973 The longest-lasting infield in major league history — Ron Cey, Bill Russell, Davey Lopes and Steve Garvey — starts together for the first time, remaining intact through the end of 1981. Sept. 29, 1976 Tommy Lasorda, who would go on to manage the Dodgers for 21 seasons, takes over for retiring Walter Alston, who managed them for the previous 23. April 9, 1981 Fernandomania is launched when 20-year-old Fernando Valenzuela makes an emergency start on Opening Day and shuts out the Houston Astros, 2-0. Valenzuela allowed only two runs in his first 81 major league innings. Oct. 28, 1981 After World Series defeats in ’74, ’77 and ’78, Los Angeles beats the Yankees for its first title in 16 years. Sept. 28, 1988 Orel Hershiser pitches 10 shutout innings to run his scoreless streak to a record 59. Drysdale, a Dodger broadcaster, is there to congratulate him. Continued on next page Oct. 15, 1988 “In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened.” Vin Scully sums up ailing Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit homer off Oakland pitcher Dennis Eckersley to win Game 1 of the ’88 World Series. Five days later, the Dodgers complete their upset of the A’s. March 19, 1998 After nearly 50 years in the O’Malley family, the Dodgers are sold to Fox Entertainment. May 23, 2002 Shawn Green hits four home runs and sets a major-league record for most total bases during a 6-for-6 day in Milwaukee. Oct. 9, 2004 Jose Lima shuts out St. Louis, 4-0, for the Dodgers’ first postseason victory since ’88. Sept. 18, 2006 The 4+1 game: The power-starved Dodgers hit four consecutive homers in the bottom of the ninth and another in the 10th to defeat San Diego, 11-10.
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