Sure, Los Angeles already had the Rams. But when the Brooklyn
Dodgers and the New York Giants moved to L.A. and San Francisco,
respectively, for the 1958 baseball season, it marked a seismic
shift in the sports landscape. Like so many dreamers, America's
pastime had gone west, and California had finally become a major
player on the national stage.
B/W PHOTO: AP IN THE FIRST BIG LEAGUE GAME ON THE WEST COAST, ON APRIL 15, 1958, GIANTS MANAGER BILL RIGNEY GREETED DODGERS SKIPPER WALTER ALSTON BEFORE THE HISTORIC FIRST PITCH FROM S.F.'S RUBEN GOMEZ TO GINO CIMOLI AT SEALS STADIUM.
B/W PHOTO: RICHARD MEEK (HANDSHAKE)[See caption above]