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Nothing ever is where you thought it was
2008-03-12 13:54
by Bob Timmermann

The above is a detail from the USGS topographical map for the Los Angeles quadrangle. It's interesting to note that while Dodger Stadium is synonymous with Chavez Ravine, the actually geographic feature that is Chavez Ravine is not now nor has it ever been part of Dodger Stadium. As you can see it's on the other side of Stadium Way, one of the main entrances to the park.

2008-03-12 15:00:55
1.   Brent is a Dodger Fan
Brings new meaning to the phrase, Long Live Chavez Ravine!

(Ooops. I think that was just my phrase. Living where I do, I had an email signature after a while after the Jints moved out of Candlestick Park that read:

The 'Stick is dead. Long Live Chavez Ravine! )

2008-03-12 15:02:05
2.   Daniel Zappala
That's pretty amazing. Though from where I sit, and unless you work downtown, they're pretty darn close to each other.
2008-03-12 16:19:47
3.   Bob Timmermann
I spoke to a longtime resident of the surrounding area and she said that only the residents seemed to know that the stadium wasn't actually in Chavez Ravine.
2008-03-12 18:31:17
4.   Samhain
The early years when the major league Angels played in Dodger Stadium while waiting for Anaheim Stadium to be completed, the Angels refused to refer to the place as "Dodger Stadium".

Instead all their p.r. releases, letterhead; and most importantly, their broadcast teams referred to the place as "Chavez Ravine". The local sportcasters played along too and used the term as well when the Angels were playing. The Angels always justified this on the claim that the locale for the park was Chavez Ravine.

I'm sure that the Angels public relations campaign about that helped create the (urban) legend about the name.

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