Walter O’Malley

Birthdate 10/9/1903
Death Date 8/9/1979
Debut Year 1950
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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Los Angeles Dodgers check signed by Walter O'Malley

Los Angeles Dodgers check signed by Walter O'Malley

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
1956 telegram to Walter O'Malley from Yanks owner Dan Topping congratulating him on winning the NL

1956 telegram to Walter O'Malley from Yanks owner Dan Topping congratulating him on winning the NL

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
Historic letter from Ralph Kiner to O'Malley wishing to stop the Dodgers' move west

Historic letter from Ralph Kiner to O'Malley wishing to stop the Dodgers' move west

After Ralph Kiner’s playing career ended in 1955, the slugger became a member of the front office of the Pacific Coast League’s San Diego Padres. As one of the steps to entice the Dodgers to Los Angeles, the LA City Council adopted ordinance 110204 known
Former Dodger GM Buzzie Bavasi writes about Walter O'Malley

Former Dodger GM Buzzie Bavasi writes about Walter O'Malley

As general manager of the Dodgers from 1950-1968, Buzzie Bavasi saw Walter O’Malley’s ownership of the Dodgers from a unique perspective. In this letter dated July 23, 1990 Bavasi gives his opinion on O’Malley, writing in part, “His determination was a big factor in the move
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
Happy Chandler writes to Walter O'Malley about the Mexican League jumper Danny Gardella

Happy Chandler writes to Walter O'Malley about the Mexican League jumper Danny Gardella

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
Page two of Gardella's letter about the Mexican League

Page two of Gardella's letter about the Mexican League

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 24 homers and 85 runs batted in.

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