LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - The biggest crowd to watch a major league baseball game that mattered gathered on this date in 1959 when 92,706 fans packed the Los Angeles Coliseum for game 5 of the 1959 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The mammoth Coliseum was the Dodgers' home during their first few years in Southern California until Dodger Stadium was built in 1962. A high screen had to be erected in left field because the coliseum's dimensions (more suited for football than baseball) made the fence so short. The second and third largest baseball crowds were the other two World Series games played in Los Angeles that year.
Oh, by the way, White Sox starter Bob Shaw beat a young Sandy Koufax 1-0, but the Dodgers went on to win the series in 6 games. It was the Dodgers first World Series appearance since leaving Brooklyn after the 1957 season, and the first White Sox World Series since the 1919 Black Sox scandal 40 years earlier.
The biggest crowd to watch a major league game of any kind was set the spring of 2008, also at the LA Coliseum. The 50th anniversary of the Dodgers playing at the Coliseum brought 115,300 out to watch an exhibition between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox.
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