Ahead of Hall, Coliseum Honors O'Malley

Aaron Harang, 3-11 after being shelled by the Cubs on Tuesday, will have an MRI.
Aaron Harang, 3-11 after being shelled by the Cubs on Tuesday, will have an MRI. (By M. Spencer Green -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, July 10, 2008; Page E05

The Los Angeles Coliseum has honored presidents, popes and other historic figures with bronze plaques on its famed archways. Another plaque was added yesterday -- this one a little closer to home.

It was for Walter O'Malley, who in 1958 moved the Brooklyn Dodgers west, where they played at the Coliseum until Dodger Stadium opened in 1962.

The unveiling of the plaque took place 18 days before O'Malley will be inducted posthumously into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

"He wasn't much for awards, quite frankly," said Peter O'Malley, who took over from his father as president of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1970 when Walter became chairman of the board, and assumed ownership upon his father's death in 1979. "But I think what would have impressed him today as much as the great honor of the plaque is the gathering of some of the people who he worked with 50 years ago -- some more than 50 years ago. That would have made it a very special day for him."

O'Malley's plaque will hang in the peristyle end of the stadium alongside those of Hall of Famers Vin Scully and Jackie Robinson.

Yesterday's turnout included family, friends and longtime Dodgers employees, players and executives. Even Roger Owens, Dodger Stadium's famous peanut vendor, showed up in O'Malley's honor and tossed a bag of peanuts to each person as the attendees departed.

The Dodgers were 330-288 at the Coliseum, winning a six-game World Series from the Chicago White Sox in 1959.

ยท REDS: RHP Aaron Harang will have an MRI exam on his right forearm after he experienced discomfort early yesterday.

Harang (3-11) lasted only 4 1/3 innings Tuesday night, when he yielded a career-high seven walks in a 7-3 loss to the Cubs. He left for Cincinnati before last night's game against the Cubs in Chicago, and likely will miss his last start before the All-Star Game.

-- From News Services

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