Jersey City Mayor Bernard J. Berry

Mayor Bernard J. Berry throws out the first pitch at the Dodgers–Phillies game, April 19, 1956, the first of fifteen games—fourteen regular-season, one exhibition—that the Dodgers would play at Roosevelt Stadium during the 1956 and 1957 seasons. Late in the 1957 season, when the Dodgers had fallen back in the pennant race, the rumor that they would soon leave for the West Coast was mounting, and in Jersey City the expectation that they would not be playing any games at Roosevelt Stadium the next season began to settle in. (COURTESY JERSEY CITY FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY)