Roz Wyman, city’s youngest council member who helped bring Dodgers to L.A., dies at 92 Wrigley Field, where Dodgers were going to play a team with a $300 million stadium.
LOS ANGELES — Former Dodger owner Frank McCourt was a small-business man who believed in his team. So much so, that he named his new team after himself, the Dodgers, after a friend who died.
But the stadium they played in before moving to Los Angeles was old and ugly and built in an era when the sport wasn’t very popular here — and the Dodgers’ best stadium was hardly a world-class venue. So McCourt paid the city $200 million to build a new stadium that opened on Monday. And then, a week later, McCourt’s beloved Dodgers became the first team to go broke.
On Friday, in the last year of his life, the city announced its death toll from the coronavirus pandemic, which would eventually claim 10,000 lives. By then, two-time Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda would be dead of the virus.
Roz Wyman, a four-time mayor, died in her sleep.
“Our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time,” the city said in a statement.
Former Dodgers manager Gil Hodges, who lived in the house where Wyman lived with her husband, Dan, and their three children, was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. He was treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital two months ago and then moved to a hospital intensive care unit. He died after spending two weeks on life support.
Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who lived in the family’s home, where Wyman lived with him and their three children, died just days after leaving a hospital with coronavirus. He was 77.
After the Dodgers’ season ended, Lasorda announced that he was suffering from the coronavirus