coliseum’s cheerleader

It turns out the largest crowd ever at a baseball game was 93,000—at the Los Angeles Mem orial Coliseum in May 1959 for an exhibition game between the Dodgers and Yankees. Remarkably, fans were asked that day to light a match in tribute to Dodger great Roy Cam panella, who was on hand after being disabled in a car accident.

If you have time, ask Chris Epting something about the 80-year-old stadium. He’ll rattle off a dazzling array of factoids, including tidbits about the Dodgers’ four years there before they got their own park.

Epting, president of Surf City Advertising in Huntington Beach, Calif., has assembled a photographic bio of the L.A. Coliseum as part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series (available through

“I love stadiums, and I love history,” said Epting, who was at Heil-Brice before opening his shop last year. “There is so much history there, I just thought it would make a great book”

Getting the OK from stadium officials was a snap. “They got my enthusiasm,” Epting said.