Exhibition with Red Sox Sells 90,000+ Tickets

Shades of the 1959 World Series and Roy Campanella Night, the Dodgers and Red Sox will play their exhibition game in the Los Angeles Coliseum before more than 90,000 fans. The huge bowl was sold out within an hour of being put on sale Saturday morning.

By 11 a.m., the 90,505 tickets available for the game were gone, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers are celebrating their 50th season in Los Angeles, and the game returns to their first home in Los Angeles from 1958 to 1961. The team moved into Dodger Stadium in 1962.

Charles Steinberg, the Dodgers' executive vice president of marketing and public relations, estimated that two-thirds of the tickets were purchased by season-tickets holders, to whom they were released three days earlier.

"It's great news for ThinkCure," Steinberg said, referring to the charity that will receive all of the net proceeds from the game. ThinkCure, which aims to raise funds for cancer research, was launched in July by the Dodgers, the City of Hope and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

The charity was modeled after the Jimmy Fund, the official charity of the Red Sox and Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his wife, Jamie, have said they would match donations up to $1 million.

The Coliseum, obviously not built for baseball, was known for its unique dimensions, as the left-field foul pole was only 251 feet from home plate. Compensating for that was a screen in left field that stood 42 feet.

But for the exhibition game, batters will salivate when they view the left field wall that is somewhere in the vicinity of 200 feet, only a chip shot for today's sluggers. There is no truth to the story that Dodger and Red Sox pitchers will stage a one day strike to avoid the game.

The Dodgers set a single-game major league attendance record at the Coliseum on May, 7 1959, when they drew 93,103 fans to an exhibition against the New York Yankees to honor paralyzed catcher Roy Campanella and against the Chicago White Sox, topped 90,000 each of the three games played in Los Angeles.

DRx2 in Winter League Series-- You don't have to be a handicapper to feel it prudent to bet on the Dominican Republic in the annual Winter League World Series.

The D.R. will field two of the four teams in the round-robin that is taking place. The Agulies Cibaenas and Tigres del Licey earned a pair of slots in the field, while Venezuela and Mexico are the other two teams involved.

Dodger shortstop Rafael Furcal and is .361 average is playing for the Cibaenas and Guillermo Mota is on the Tigres roster.

For the firs time in 69 years there is no Puerto Rican team in the event after they halted winter play earlier due to economic reasons.

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