BASEBALL'S BLUE SALE

AFTER ALMOST 50 YEARS OF OWNING THE DODGERS, THE O'MALLEYS TAKE THEMSELVES OUT OF THE BALL GAME

There were tears in Los Angeles and cackles in a certain New York City borough on Jan. 6. Forty years after his father removed the family business to L.A. from Brooklyn, Peter O'Malley announced that he was selling the firm--namely, the Dodgers. By transplanting the beloved Bums to California in 1958, the unsentimental Walter O'Malley had ushered the era of Big Business into baseball; last week Peter claimed that the current game's corporate-scale economics were forcing him to sell. Something about the sins of the father leaped to the minds of people whose hearts are still in Brooklyn.

In all fairness,...

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