Decades later, bitter memories of Chavez Ravine: The Dodgers prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the stadium in Chavez Ravine. For the neighbors who were uprooted from the site, it’s a somber milestone.

The Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles in 1958 — playing their first several years at the Coliseum — was a seminal event, heralding what many saw as the city’s arrival in the big leagues of world metropolises. But the removal of more than 1,000 mostly Mexican American families from Chavez Ravine to make way for the stadium is a dark note in L.A.’s history.
The last family was dragged away kicking and screaming and weeping, and the removals became a rallying symbol of Latino L.A. history and activism.

Photo: Tony Montez, 81, left, Pete Urrutia, 80, Albert Elias, 80, and Al Zepeda, 74, stroll a dirt path in Elysian Park that overlooks Dodger Stadium. Their families were among those forced out in the 1950s. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Decades later, bitter memories of Chavez Ravine: The Dodgers prepare to mark the 50th anniversary of the stadium in Chavez Ravine. For the neighbors who were uprooted from the site, it’s a somber milestone.

The Dodgers’ move to Los Angeles in 1958 — playing their first several years at the Coliseum — was a seminal event, heralding what many saw as the city’s arrival in the big leagues of world metropolises. But the removal of more than 1,000 mostly Mexican American families from Chavez Ravine to make way for the stadium is a dark note in L.A.’s history.

The last family was dragged away kicking and screaming and weeping, and the removals became a rallying symbol of Latino L.A. history and activism.

Photo: Tony Montez, 81, left, Pete Urrutia, 80, Albert Elias, 80, and Al Zepeda, 74, stroll a dirt path in Elysian Park that overlooks Dodger Stadium. Their families were among those forced out in the 1950s. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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