Biggest baseball crowd ever
OCTOBER 6, 1959 •
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
– The biggest crowd to ever watch a major league baseball game gathered on this date in 1959 when 92,706 fans packed the Los Angeles Coliseum for game 5 of the 1959 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The mammoth Coliseum was the Dodgers’ home during their first few years in
Southern California until Dodger Stadium was built in 1962. A 42-foot screen had to be erected in left field because the coliseum’s dimensions made the fence so short.
The second and third largest baseball crowds were the other two World Series games played in
Los Angeles that year. The Dodgers went on to defeat the White Sox in 6 games. It was the Dodgers first World Series appearance since leaving
Brooklyn after the 1957 season, and the first White Sox World Series since the 1919 Black Sox scandal 40 years earlier.