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The Dodgers' All-Star Lineup of Suitors

The wild scramble to overpay for a bankrupt baseball team

Like all good Hollywood sagas, this one starts with a sensational divorce. Two, actually.

In 1958, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, after years of butting heads with New York master planner Robert Moses, moved his baseball team not to the borough of Queens, as Moses directed, but to Los Angeles, leaving a generation of Brooklynites devastated. Say you had a gun with two bullets, went a common refrain in New York that year, and you’re in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and O’Malley. Who would you shoot? The Dodger fan’s reply: “O’Malley, twice!”