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Los Angeles Sports History

1860 - Bull & bear fighting outlawed. First baseball games.

1869 - First known bicycle appears

1871 - Los Angeles’s first roller-skating rink opens.

1879 - The Los Angeles Athletic Club founded.

1889 - First college football game between St. Vincents (Loyola) and USC.

1890 - First Tournament of Roses is held which included chariot races.

1892 - The original Los Angeles Angels baseball team, playing with the four-team California League, plays through 1893 for one season.

1893 - The California League Los Angeles Angels and the team from Stockton play a nighttime exhibition game - the first ever night professional baseball game on the Pacific Coast. The game is played at Athletic Park in Los Angeles.

1899 - An elevated bicycle path is constructed between Los Angeles and Pasadena. The Southern California Golf Association is founded.

1900 - The City of Los Angeles opens the Riverside Golf Course at Griffith Park - the first municipal golf course in the nation.

1902 - The first Tournament of Roses game is played between Stanford and Michigan. The western team was beaten so badly (49-0) that the Tournament of Roses did not restage another football game until 14 years later. Chariots races were then re-introduced to replace the football game.

1903 - Los Angeles joins the formation of the Pacific Coast League with the debut of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team. The team had no relationship to the team that played 1892-1893. The rival Pacific National League also debuts a team in Los Angeles, but it plays for barely a season.

1906 - First Los Angeles to Honolulu Trans-Pacific yacht race held.

1907 - George Feeth introduces surfing to California at Redondo Beach.

1909 - The Pacific Coast League introduces the Vernon Tigers baseball team. The team plays first in Vernon in order to allow for alcohol sales, then banned in Los Angeles. The team later plays in Venice, then back in Vernon.

1916 - The Tournament of Roses abandons chariot racing to reintroduce college football games. Washington State took revenge on the east (see 1902) by beating Brown 14-0.

1919 - Famed Hollywood comedian Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle buys the Vernon Tigers baseball team.

1921 - Chewing-gum magnate William K. Wrigley, Jr., owner of the Chicago Cubs, buys the Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels.

1922 - The Rose Bowl is completed.

1923 - The Memorial Coliseum at Exposition Park opens.

1924 - Construction begins on Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles.

1925 -  Los Angeles Angels owner William K. Wrigley, Jr., opens the 22,000-seat Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles at the intersection of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard. The ballpark serves as the new home for his baseball team. The Vernon Tigers baseball team is sold by "Fatty" Arbuckle and move to San Francisco.

1926 - The Los Angeles Buccaneers (NFL - no relation to Tampa Bay) and the Los Angeles Wildcats (American Football League I) play for one season.

1927 - The Los Angeles Open Golf Tournament is founded

1932 - The X Olympiad opens in Los Angeles.

1934 - Santa Anita Park Race Track opens.

1937 - The Los Angeles Bulldogs (American Football League II) play for one season.

1938 - Babe Didrikson becomes the first and only woman to ever play in a men's PGA Tournament when she plays at the Los Angeles Open at Griffith Park. The former Pacific Coast League Vernon Tigers baseball team returns to Los Angeles from San Francisco and are renamed the Hollywood Stars.

1942 - Security concerns due to the outbreak of war with Japan compel organizers to temporarily move the Tournament of Roses to the east coast (Durham, North Carolina). For the first time since 1923 and the only time since, the Rose Bowl is quiet on January 1.

1946 - The Rams football team moves from Cleveland to Los Angeles The Los Angeles Dons (All American Football Conference) also debut.

1949 - After three years, the Los Angeles Dons (All American Football Conference) fold.

1957 - Pacific Coast League baseball teams Los Angeles Angels and Hollywood Stars leave Los Angeles with the Angels disbanding and the Stars moving to Salt Lake City to become the Bees.

1958 - The Dodgers move from Brooklyn, NY, to Los Angeles. The Dodgers play their first game in Los Angeles against the SF Giants at Memorial Coliseum. Vin Scully begins radio broadcasting for the Dodgers.

1959 - The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena opens. The Los Angeles Dodgers win their first World Series.

1960 - The Lakers move from Minneapolis to Los Angeles The Los Angeles Chargers debut for one season with the American Football League. They move to San Diego and the NFL after only one season.

1961 - Gene Autry debuts his American League Los Angeles Angels baseball team at Wrigley Field in South Los Angeles. It has no relationship to the team that disbanded in 1957. The Angels play the last professional baseball game at Wrigley Field on October 1.

1962 - Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Gene Autry's Los Angeles Angels baseball teams begin playing at Chavez Ravine (later named Dodger Stadium).

1963 - The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series.

1965 - The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series. The Los Angeles Angels move to Anaheim and are renamed the California Angels.

1966 - Wrigley Field is demolished.

1967 - Canadian-born entrepreneur Jack Kent Cooke founds the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and builds The Forum in Inglewood. The Los Angeles Wolves (United Soccer Association), defeats Washington for the Playoff Final Championships. The team plays for only one season.

1968 - The Los Angeles Aztecs (North American Soccer League) debuts.

1972 - The Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Championship. The Los Angeles Sharks (World Hockey Association) debut.

1973 - Professional women's tackle football debuts in Los Angeles County with the Los Angeles Dandelions at their home field at Long Beach Veterans Stadium (1973-1980).

1974 - The Oakland A’s beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in first all-California World Series. The Los Angeles Aztecs (North American Soccer League), defeat Miami in a shootout for the Playoff Final Championship. The Los Angeles Sharks ( World Hockey Association) leave Los Angeles for Michigan.

1975 - The Pasadena Roses, a women's professional tackle football team, debut at their home field at Azusa College.

1978 - The Pasadena Roses, a women's professional tackle football team, disband.

1979 - Jack Kent Cooke sells the Los Angeles Kings, Lakers and The Forum to Dr. Jerry Buss.

1980 - The Rams move from the Los Angeles Coliseum to Anaheim Stadium in Orange County. The Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Championship.  The first women's professional tackle football team in Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles Dandelions, disband.

1981 - The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series.

1982 - The Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Playoff Championship. The Raiders football team arrives in Los Angeles from Oakland. The Major Indoor Soccer League debuts the Los Angeles Lazers at the Forum.

1983 - The Los Angeles Express (U.S. Football League) debuts.

1984 - The XXXIII Olympiad opens in Los Angeles After 14 years and one playoff championship (1974), the Los Angeles Aztecs (North American Soccer League) fold.

1985 - The Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Championship. The Los Angeles Express disbands along with the rest of the U.S. Football League. The Long Beach Marathon debuts.

1986 - The first City of Los Angeles Marathon is held.

1987 - The Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Championship.

1988 - The Los Angeles Lakers win a consecutive NBA Championship. The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series. Los Angeles Cobras Arena Football team makes their debut. They end their season playing the Chicago Bruisers to the only tie game in Arena Football League history (37-37). Neither team scored in 7 minutes of overtime. The Cobras fold after one season.

1989 - The Los Angeles Lazers of the Major Indoor Soccer League complete their final season. The team finishes with a win/loss record of 137-211 over seven seasons.

1993 - The Los Angeles Kings play their first ever Stanley Cup Championship Final. They lose four of five games to Montreal.

1994 - The World Cup (soccer) is hosted by Pasadena at the Rose Bowl. Brazil defeats Italy for the Cup, 1-0, before a crowd of 94,194.

1995 - After 49 years, the Rams move from the Los Angeles area (Anaheim) to St. Louis, becoming the first professional sports team to move from west to east. The Los Angeles Raiders return to Oakland.

1996 - Long Beach Stingrays of the American Basketball League begin their first season. Tommy Lasorda retires from managing the Dodgers after 20 seasons. He returns as an interim General Manager in 1998. The newly-arrived Long Beach Ice Dogs of the International Hockey League begin their first season in Long Beach after five years in San Diego as the Gulls. The new Major League Soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy begins its first season. The Galaxy go all the way to the Major League Soccer Cup Championship in the first season only to be defeated by the D.C. United. The Los Angeles Sparks (Women’s National Basketball League) begin their first season.

1997 - The Los Angeles Arena Company announce plans to build Staples Center, a Sports & Entertainment Facility in Downtown Los Angeles that will host the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings.  The Los Angeles Sparks and the New York Liberty launch the first WNBA game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood. Although Sparks guard Penny Toler scores the WNBA’s first basket during that game, New York wins 67-57.

1998 - The O'Malley family, long-time owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and one of the last families to own a Major League Baseball team, sells the franchise to the Fox Group. The Long Beach Stingrays fold just before the American Basketball League does.

1999 - Staples Center opens in downtown Los Angeles. The state-of-the-art arena serves as the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings and future home of the Arena Football team Los Angeles Avengers. The Los Angeles Galaxy again looses the Major League Soccer Cup Championship to the D.C. United. The USC football team ends UCLA's longest winning streak (1991-1998) in the cross-town USC-UCLA rivalry.

2000 - The Long Beach Ice Dogs hockey team switches their league affiliation from the International Hockey League (IHL) to the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL). The Los Angeles Avengers re-introduce arena football to Los Angeles at Staples Center. They end their first season with a 3-7 record. The Los Angeles Lakers win the 2000 NBA Championship. The WWF/NBC-owned XFL announce establishment of the Los Angeles Xtreme, a new professional football team at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The new American Basketball Association (ABA) debuts the Los Angeles Stars team. The team plays only one season.

2001 - The Los Angeles Sparks become the first WNBA team to go undefeated at home for an entire season.  Los Angeles sweeps professional basketball titles when the Los Angeles Lakers win the 2001 NBA Championship and the Los Angeles Sparks win the 2001 WNBA Championship. The Los Angeles Xtreme become XFL champions in "The Million Dollar Game," beating the San Francisco Demons 38-6 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. It is the first and final season for the team and league.

2002 - The Los Angeles Lakers win the 2002 NBA Championship. The Los Angeles Sparks win the 2002 WNBA Championship. In a game against the Miami Sol, Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie became the first WNBA player to slam dunk. After two previous unsuccessful appearances in the Major League Soccer Cup Championship, the Los Angeles Galaxy defeats the New England Revolution, 1-0, to finally win the Cup. The Women's Professional Football League team, Los Angeles Amazons, play their opening game at their home field at Citrus College, Glendora.

2003 - Bob Wieland, a 57-year-old Vietnam War veteran who lost both legs in the war, finished the 2003 City of Los Angeles Marathon in 173 hours and 45 minutes, entirely on a pair of prosthetic feet made out of special gel. He slept only 11 hours in eight days since beginning the race route a day ahead of the actual start time. The Home Depot Center opens in Carson.  It becomes the new home of the L.A. Galaxy. The American Basketball Association (ABA) debuts the Long Beach Jam. The Long Beach Ice Dogs hockey team switches their league affiliation from the WCHL to the ECHL.

2004 - Although selected as the AP National College Football Champion and winning the Rose Bowl, the USC Trojans are not selected to play in the BCS Championship game. USC, however, is later named BCS Co-Champion with Louisiana State. The Los Angeles Lakers lose the 2004 NBA Championship to the Detroit Pistons 1 game to 4. The team loses its coach, Phil Jackson.  It's star center, Shaquille O'Neill, obtains a trade to Miami. The Long Beach Jam wins the ABA Champion Finals against the Kansas City Knights 126-123. The Los Angeles Stars are yet again reborn for the ABA 2004-2005 season.

2005 - The USC Trojans defeat Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl for the BCS Championship. Major League Soccer adds the new Los Angeles expansion team Club Desportivo Chivas USA, a team associated with and patterned upon the storied Mexican Soccer League team Club Desportivo Guadalajara. The Los Angeles Galaxy win the 2005 Major League Soccer Cup Championship.

2008 - The Los Angeles Galaxy win the 2008 Major League Soccer Cup Championship.

2009 - The Los Angeles Lakers win the 2009 NBA Championship.

2010 - The Los Angeles Lakers win the 2010 NBA Championship.

2011 - For the first time, the Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup. The Los Angeles Galaxy win the 2011 Major League Soccer Cup Championship.

2012 - The Los Angeles Galaxy win the 2012 Major League Soccer Cup Championship.

2014 - The Los Angeles Kings win the Stanley Cup. The Los Angeles Galaxy win the 2014 Major League Soccer Cup Championship. Rival soccer team, Club Desportivo Chivas USA, however, after years of dismal performance, is disbanded by Major League Soccer.

2016 - After a 21-year absence, the NFL Rams return to Los Angeles. After 58 years of broadcasting for the Los Angeles Dodger, radio announcer Vin Scully retires. The Los Angeles Sparks win the 2016 WNBA Championship.

 

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