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Coliseum Draws Record Crowd

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: May 31, 2013 at 09:01 PM

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LOS ANGELES - Kevin Cash (Gaither High) and Kevin Youkilis hit homers to account for five runs in the first three innings, and the Red Sox beat the Dodgers 7-4 Saturday night before an announced crowd of 115,300 - largest ever to watch a baseball game - at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The exhibition game was part of the Dodgers' 50th anniversary celebration of their move west from Brooklyn in 1958. They played at the Coliseum for four years before making Dodger Stadium their permanent home in 1962.

The Coliseum was built for track and football, not baseball.

Routine fly balls, even pop-ups, soared over a 42-foot high screen in left field, where the distance from home plate to the foul pole was only 251 feet. Meanwhile, drives to right and center of more than 400 feet were easy outs.

The Associated Press

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