Walter O’Malley

Walter O'Malley
Birthdate 10/9/1903
Death Date 8/9/1979
Debut Year 1944
Year of Induction 2007
Teams Dodgers
Positions Executive, Owner

ABC Sports ranks Dodger owner Walter O’Malley as the 8th most influential sports figure of the 20th century; The Sporting News ranks him 11th.

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O'Malley's handling of the Mexican League jumpers helped him gain control of the Dodgers

O'Malley's handling of the Mexican League jumpers helped him gain control of the Dodgers

In 1946, Major League players Danny Gardella, Sal Maglie, Alex Carrasquel, Max Lanier, and Mickey Owen accepted $10,000 each to play in the Mexican League. In response Commissioner Happy Chandler banned them for five years on grounds that they violated baseball’s reserve clause. Gardella sued Majo
Mexican League jumper Danny Gardella writes about Commissioner Chandler

Mexican League jumper Danny Gardella writes about Commissioner Chandler

After going to Mexico to earn more money in the off-season, Danny Gardella came under attack from commissioner Happy Chandler. In this letter Gardella writes in part, “Cheap and monopolistic Happy Chandler banished all players (who) went to Mexico and I asked Fred Johnson to represent me in court
Danny Gardella writes,

Danny Gardella writes, "I hope I have been good for baseball."

A reflective Danny Gardella continues, “I hope I have been good for baseball…” One of the earliest players to train with weights, Gadella was also known for his ability to walk on his hands and perform acrobatic stunts. In three Major League seasons, Gardella played 169 games and hit .267 with
The Dodgers returned to the World Series after their triumph in 1955

The Dodgers returned to the World Series after their triumph in 1955

With two days left on the 1956 regular-season baseball calendar, the Dodgers were a half game in back of the Milwaukee Braves. Brooklyn then swept the Pirates in a double header on September 29 while the Braves lost to the Cardinals to put the Dodgers a game up with one day to go. Needing a win to c
Dodger check signed by Walter O'Malley in the first season in LA

Dodger check signed by Walter O'Malley in the first season in LA

Revered by many and vilified by some, Walter O’Malley was one of the most influential owners in the history of Major League Baseball. Shown here is a check drawn on the Los Angeles Dodgers account made out December 15, 1958 to the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles. O’Malley moved
O'Malley congratulated Warren Spahn on his induction to the Hall

O'Malley congratulated Warren Spahn on his induction to the Hall

Warren Spahn’s illustrious career included thirteen 20-wins seasons. A lifetime record of 363-245 puts him in elite territory. The win total puts him behind only Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Pete Alexander, Christy Mathewson, Pud Galvin in baseball history. A first-ballot choice for Cooperstown,
The O'Malley family gained sole ownership of the Dodger franchise in 1975

The O'Malley family gained sole ownership of the Dodger franchise in 1975

The Dodgers are a cornerstone franchise in baseball. The long and storied history of the franchise includes one of the game’s greatest family stewardships, that of the O’Malleys. Walter O’Malley first bought into the team in 1944 to begin a family reign that lasted more than 50 years. From tha
Peter O'Malley signed ticket on last day of O'Malley ownership of the Dodgers

Peter O'Malley signed ticket on last day of O'Malley ownership of the Dodgers

Walter O’Malley turned over the presidency of the Dodgers to his son Peter on St. Patrick’s Day, 1970. Under Peter O’Malley’s stewardship the team won World Series championships in 1981 and 1988 and was a box office hit. The franchise was the first to draw three million
Peter O'Malley business card as President of the Dodgers

Peter O'Malley business card as President of the Dodgers

Under the leadership of Peter O’Malley the Dodgers remained a first-division club. From 1979 when he assumed the Dodger presidency until 1998 when he sold the franchise, the Dodgers finished first six times and won the World Series twice. Peter O’Malley was also at the forefront of the e

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