Depending on your perspective, the Giants’ three game set this week in New York lies somewhere between just another road trip to Shea and an interesting coincidence. For some, their appearance in New York is another reminder of what took place 50 years ago. On May 31st, 1957, Giants fans were trying to digest the news that they had hoped was just talk and posturing.
The headline a few days earlier read:
Dodgers, Giants Win Right To Shift if They So Desire
The looking back articles on the subject of the move are starting to come in. While I don’t necessarily agree with the often-heard sentiment that Dodger hearts sunk lower than those of the Giants fans when the two teams left town, the difference in activity at the Yesteryear Teams forum at the Baseball Fever site is amazing. Dodger talk far exceeds Giants remembering.
The Giants and Dodgers move is a still a touchy subject. O’Malley was a pioneer but one gathers not too many children born in Brooklyn in the late 50s were named Walter.
By the way, one of the best books on the subject of the move is The Dodgers Move West by Neil Sullivan.