Walter O'Malley

In 1955, Walter O’Malley, shown here with Jersey City officials, announced that, in 1956 through 1958, the Dodgers would play seven games each season in Jersey City and would have the option to continue the agreement for three years beyond that. From the opening of Roosevelt Stadium in 1937 through the late 1940s, Jersey City cultivated what would become a tradition of supporting minor-league ball, but by now it had been without professional baseball for five years already, ever since the Jersey City Giants moved to Ottawa after the 1950 season. (COURTESY JERSEY CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY)