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Monday, February 21, 2011

1958 Red Sox Spring Training West Coast Tour

1958 saw the Giants and the Dodgers no longer playing in New York, as they had both headed west to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Red Sox went on a west coast trip that spring to play them in their new homes. (Those 2 new west coast teams would not get new stadia until 1960 for the Giants and 1962 for the Dodgers.) Seal Stadium in San Francisco had been the home of the Red Sox minor league affiliate which won the 1957 Pacific Coast League Championship, and served as the temporary home for the Giants. Harry Hooper and Joe Cronin were on hand to welcome the Red Sox to San Francisco. The Red Sox and Dodgers would play in LA Memorial Coliseum. In 2008, the Red Sox returned to Los Angeles to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Major League Baseball in that city. On March 29, 2008, the Dodgers and the Red Sox played in an exhibition game before 115,300 fans in the LA Coliseum, the largest turnout ever to watch a baseball game. The last stop on the Red Sox west coast trip was in Phoenix, AZ, which was the new home of the Giants AAA affiliate and took San Francisco's place in the Pacific Coast League. NESN provides us with this video highlighting that west coast trip.

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