Showing posts with label Who Knew. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Who Knew. Show all posts

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Who Knew #23 City of Vernon: The Boxing Capital of the World



The City of Vernon is best known today as an industrial city, but who knew that a century ago it was known as the "boxing capital of the world" When you think about this slogan, the classy Madison Square Garden or the electric MGM Grand come in mind, but in 1908 the City of Vernon had the Vernon Arena.


Jack Doyle a business man  owned a saloon in the new distinguished city right outside of Los Angeles known as Vernon. The saloon generated a lot of interest but needed to find some sort of entertainment. Boxer James J. Jeffries had just opened a training center within miles of his saloon that gave Doyle, a business idea. In 1908, Jack Doyle built an outdoor ring surrounded by wooden bleachers and called it the Vernon Arena. The arena would stage 20 round boxing matches and included many World Championship bouts. The arena would attract 12,000 boxing fans per event.

 Doyle's Arena


On Aug 22, 1913 tragedy hit the arena, Jess Willard (future World Championship Boxer) knocked out, upcoming boxer Bull Young in the 11th round and died right after. Due to his death California legislators limited boxing matches to only 4 rounds.


Jess Willard



Jack Doyle's arena broke records in attendance and profit. The arena was largely responsible for making boxing popular in Southern California. The arena closed down August 21. 1923 to make way for Doyle's new Vernon's Coliseum. The coliseum located on 32nd  and Santa Fe Ave, sat 7,500 people. The coliseum began to lose revenue as prohibition hit the area. What was once a sacred space for boxing and drinks was now a half empty place for amateur boxing. In 1924, Los Angeles was looking for a venue for wrestling and boxing for the Olympics but opted to construct the Olympic Auditorium just south of downtown, Doyle abandoned the coliseum and promoted his boxing matches in the new auditorium. In 1927, the Vernon Coliseum was destroyed by fire and ended an era of boxing in Vernon.


Jack Doyle 



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Who Knew #22 The Last Major League Baseball All Star Game in Los Angeles

Who knew that the last time the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted a MLB All Star game was in 1980. That is exactly 35 years ago without an All Star Game in Hollywood. There has been many teams who have already hosted the Summer Classic at least twice since 1980. As of now there is not set feature date for an All Star Game in LA, however the earliest Dodger Stadium can host would be after the 2018 season.


 
If you are interested in reliving that game you can watch the entire game on this YouTube video

1980 All Star Game Los Angeles

 


Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American League 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 7 2
National League 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 X 4 7 0
WP: Jerry Reuss (1-0)   LP: Tommy John (0-1)   Sv: Bruce Sutter (1)
 
                                                                                           


This All-Star Game would be known for some exemplary pitching performances. The game resulted in a 4-2 victory for the National League and the MVP of the game was Ken Griffey Sr. who played for the Cincinnati Reds.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Who Knew #20 The Chicano Movement of 1968 Part 1.


In late 1967 East Los Angeles housed a school system entrenched in racism. The Mexican American community had the highest high school dropout rate and lowest college attendance among any ethnic group.  1 out of 4 students successfully graduated from high schools, and Mexican Americans were "pushed out" of public education. The poor facilities and constant underestimation of student capabilities by teachers created an atmosphere hostile to learning.  Many students believed in better education and demanded bilingual bi-cultural education; more Latino teachers and administrators; smaller class sizes and  better facilities.
 During the Spring of 1968, organizers decided to call for action by walking out of classrooms and protesting for equal educational rights.  Many schools were aware of the situation and had police stationed outside of East LA campuses  just in case students decided to walk out. On many occasions in March, students were beaten up and arrested for trying to walk out of their  classrooms. Despite police and administrative efforts to control walkouts, students gathered and walkout of schools to protest these injustices. 

On March 31, thirteen of the walkout organizers were arrested for conspiracy to disturb schools and the peace (which was considered a felony charge). Included in those 13 was a teacher Sal Castro, this created a community uproar which led to even more protest and gatherings in City Hall. All these events were known as the Chicano Blackouts.

Check out these 2 YouTube videos:



Check out this full PBS Documentary:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Who Knew #19 The Battle of Los Angeles 1942

Just yesterday when I was looking into air raid sirens in Los Angeles. I came across an interesting article about a moment when panic landed in the streets of Los Angeles.

In the early  morning hours of February 25, 1942, residents of Los Angeles  were waken up by loud screaming air raid sirens and thundering anti-aircraft gunfire. Thousands of residents, ignoring blackout invasion rules, (Rules that were set right after Pear Harbor) left their beds and went into the streets to watch sweeping searchlights and orange tracer shells streaming into the night sky. 

Pictures of the actual event from the Los Angeles Time


Trained volunteer air wardens grabbed helmets and boots to rush into action. Frightened drivers, speeding through darkened streets, collided with one another, resulting in traffic fatalities. Gunners expended more than 1,400 rounds of ammunition that caused quite a bit of damage to structures on the ground.

Many residents  believed that they were going to see a Japanese invasion force lying offshore when daylight broke. Although explanations for what had spooked military gunners ranged from a false alarm to  UFOs, an investigation could not clearly determine the exact cause. The incident turned out to be the only serious military action to occur over a continental U.S. metropolitan area during World War II.

To this date, this event which is now known as the Battle of Los Angeles has theories ranging from false alarms that led to chaos to an alien invasion. 




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Who Knew #18 Air Raid Sirens in Los Angeles

During my last semester at Cal State Long Beach, I took a Sociology class in Pop Culture and my final project was to give out a full day class lecture on a decade and connect some sociological framework that we had learned. During my research, I was in charge of the historical and political aspects of the 1950's. As some might know during the late 1940's, early 1950's, President Eisenhower’s political agenda was basically to contain Communism creating this "Red Scare". The 1950's brought in the beginning of a Cold War between the United States and Russia. In my presentation I discussed  the style of living due to this Cold War and talked about intriguing  bomb shelters and air raid sirens that existed in  Los Angeles.

 Like many aspects of the Cold War, Civil Defense Sirens became part of people’s daily lives all throughout the United States.  In Los Angeles, sirens were tested in unison at 10 a.m. on the last Friday of every month. Typically these sirens were placed atop tall fire stations or attached to 30-foot steel poles; residents would hear a loud blast from the sirens. More than 250 civil defense siren towers were activated throughout the streets of LA. These sirens were supposed to alert people about a Russian attack so they could find shelter.

According to the LA Times,

By 1980, then-Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess reported that the sirens were "virtually useless." The federal government stopped providing for the sirens' upkeep. Officials discovered that parts were hard to find, that many sirens no longer worked, and that removing them would cost more than $250,000.
Monthly siren tests were silenced in January 1985 by order of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Then-Supervisor Kenneth Hahn said the system gave citizens a "false sense of security" and false alarms "panic[ked] people at 2 o'clock in the morning

There are around 150 sirens still visible within city limits of Los Angeles, just the other day as I was driving home from work, I looked up in one of street lights and realized there was one up there. (I have yet had the opportunity to take a picture of it)

Here is a link to a map with all the locations of air raid sirens in Los Angeles.
http://wirechief.com/sirens/map.htm





Monday, March 2, 2015

Who Knew #17 MLB Spring Training in California


 The month of March always brings joy to every baseball fan out there. The beginning of the new season begins with spring training (practice games before season starts in April) 
While Florida and Arizona now host all Major League Baseball teams for spring training, this has not always been the case. Before the Dodgers and Giants made their cross country move to the west coast some Major League baseball teams held their spring training in California. Here are 5 teams who trained in   Southern California during Spring Training
White Sox (1933-1952)


 In 1933, the White Sox took up residence at Pasadena's Brookside Park. The White Sox enjoyed many celebrities during their stay including Marilyn Monroe




 


 Chicago Cubs (1966)
The Chicago Cubs trained in Long Beach during their spring training season in 1966. They occupied Blair Field (home of Cal State Long Beach baseball) for just one season. The Chicago Cubs held spring training and played eight exhibition games at the ballpark. Long before training in Long Beach the Chicago Cubs practice in the Catalina Island from 1921-1951.


Pittsburgh Pirates (1937-1942, 1949-1952)

One of the most interesting teams that played in the Southern California were the Pittsburgh Pirates who played in San Bernardino

 In 1937, San Bernardino civic leaders brought Pittsburgh Pirates to their town with offers of a custom-built spring training facility at Perris Hill Park.



 Philadelphia Athletics 1940-1943

In 1940, the city of Anaheim welcomed the Philadelphia Athletics to a newly built facility at La Palma Park for 3 years. This is the only team to have ever had play a spring training game in Orange County



California Angels 1961-1992

The California Angels were the last and final team to ever have a spring training facility in California. The Angels trained and played their spring training games in  Palm Springs'. The Polo Grounds, later renamed Angels Stadium in recognition of the longstanding association left to Tempe Arizona after 1992.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Who Knew #16 The Baldwin Hills Disaster

So what’s the craziest disaster in Los Angeles that you may not ever have heard of?
Well, how about the Baldwin Hills flood that took place 52 years ago.


The Baldwin Hills Dam was a reservoir that supplied drinking water to West L.A residents. On Dec. 14, 1963 the Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down slamming into homes and cars . It took approximately 77 minutes for the dam to empty out its 300 millions gallons of water. In the ensuing flood, 277 homes were destroyed and 5 lives were lost.

This disaster was the first such live aerial coverage of a breaking news event.


Courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

 



 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Who Knew #15 The First Latinos in Professional Sports

Sports in the United States  have served as ambassadors to politics and movements in society. We all know that Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in an all white professional baseball team. However, not a lot of people know when Latinos broke the barrier, so in this post I want to take the time to write about the first Latinos in Professional sports.

Baseball

Latin American Baseball players dominate the sport of Baseball, players like Yasiel Puig (Cuba), David Ortiz (Dominican Republic), Victor Martinez (Venezuela) are among the greatest in the game today.

 The first Latin American player in the modern era of MLB was Luis Castro also known as Lou Castro who played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902

Although, Lou Castro was no a superstar, he became popular as he became the first Latin American player to play professional baseball.  Lou Castro brought in many controversies about his nationality. There are many theories about his come ups but one theory was that he could have been the son of General Cipriano Castro, president of Venezuela, who sent his son to attend college in New York, and became a baseball player. According to theories in order to hide his activities from his father, he changed his nationality on the school records and told everyone he was from Colombia.

 First MLB player from Mexico: Mel Alameda (1933)
 First MLB player from Dominican Republic: Ozzie Virgil (1956)




Basketaball
Alfred "Butch" Lee with the Los Angeles Lakers 

 The first Latino to play in the NBA was Alfred "Butch" Lee, who signed with the Atlanta Hawks in 1978 after starring at Marquette University. Butch Lee was born in Puerto Rico and raise in New York. Not only did he become the first Latino to play professional basketball, but he was also the #1 draft pick of the 1978 season.  Lee only played for 2 years but won a championship ring with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Horacio Llamas was the first Mexican born player to ever play in the NBA in 1996, he only played for two years.

The NBA currently lacks Latino basketball players, According to the 2013 NBA rosters, there are only 18 foreign-born Latino players and six U.S.-born players of Latino heritage.



Football

Ignacio Saturnino (Lou) Molinet  was the first professional football player of Hispanic descent to play in the National Football League in 1927. Molinet was from Cuba and only played for one season with the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

Lou Molinet's contract is in the NFL Hall of Fame as he became the first Latino Player to ever play in the NFL    























 Mexican in the NFL: Sergio Albert in 1974 who was a Kicker and only played one season.


As you can the first Latinos did not have successful careers, they weren't any Jackie Robinson comparisons but these athletes led the pathways to other Latino players. Baseball has the most players with Latino heritage but there also more baseball players than Basketball players.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Who Knew #14 Orange County was Once Part of Los Angeles County

Who Knew that one hundred and twenty five years ago, on Aug. 1, 1889, the southern portion of Los Angeles County broke away to become Orange County. 


A map of the old Los Angeles County


According to KCET, 
A trip to the county seat in Los Angeles required two days...travel over hot and dusty roads in the summer time -- through mud and mire in the winter time. Bridges there were none, and often during the rainy season, the rivers swollen to raging torrents cut off all communication with the metropolis for weeks at a time. A lumbering old stage coach three times a week carried the mail, and at the compensation of ten cents a mile banged and battered the unfortunate passenger onward to his destination at the reckless speed of five miles an hour.


Discussions and attempts to break away from Los Angeles County took 10 years with original proposals such that the city of Downey and Whittier would become part of  "Anaheim County". After a few battles California legislature decided to incorporate a new county. Politicians then decided to name the county, for the citrus fruit in an attempt to promote immigration by suggesting a semi-tropical paradise–a place where anything could grow.

The plaza in the City of Orange in 1889, the year Orange County split from Los Angeles County. Courtesy of the Orange Public Library.

On the day Orange County separated, there were about 15,000 residents, three incorporated cities, and no paved roads. Their growth was slow but steady, reaching only 34,000 residents  by 1910. But in the following decade,  population nearly doubled. In the roaring '20s, it doubled again, to 120,000. 

Prior to WWII, Orange County was centered on agriculture.any crops would do well and bring prosperity, taking advantage of our ideal climate and soil, until a disease would wipe them out and force them to find something new, beginning the cycle again. Along the way, Orange County residents  had enormous success with grapes, apricots, walnuts, and oranges. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Who Knew #13 The Origins of Black Friday

Today as I opened a yahoo browser to go over my old email, I realized there was a countdown clock in black bold letters just like this.  In bold black letters I was being informed the countdown of the days before black Friday.  So I wondered, what's the history behind this day and who coined the term black Friday.

 So after a few hours (not really a few minutes) of researching a who knew moment post came to mind. I am not running out ideas, I am serious, I just thought, it was really a who knew type of thing... 


The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960's to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a holiday season.

In the 1960's, police in Philadelphia  complained about the congested streets, clogged with motorists and pedestrians, calling it “Black Friday.” This was due to the traditional Army vs. Navy football game and a busy shopping mall with deals that people could not resist. 


 The term took off in a big way, but not for the reasons the cops hoped. By the 1980's the idea of black Friday became a national phenomenon and a great marketing strategy 

So there you go the origin to the term Black Friday  came in the 1960's, and the really good deals started since the establishment of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. 



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Who Knew #12 Brooklyn Dodgers Football Teams

When you hear the word Dodgers, you quickly associate it to baseball --the Los Angeles Dodgers. Anyone who is a fan of the game or pop culture might know that the Dodgers were once the Brooklyn Dodgers before moving to Los Angeles. So here comes the big who knew. Who knew there has been multiple professional football teams named after this storied franchise?

There has been three different football teams named after the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball club

The Brooklyn Dodgers who were part of the NFL from 1930-1943
The Brooklyn Dodgers who were part of the AAFC (All-American Football Conference) from 1946-1948
The Brooklyn Dodgers of the Continental Football League of 1966


NFL Brooklyn Dodgers from 1930-1943

As told by a few historical sports sites this team was highly associated with the Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball team. Like the NY Giants baseball and football teams, Brooklyn shared the name Dodgers for baseball and football. It was a much more profitable recognition and it was better for business. Both  Brooklyn Dodgers  team shared Ebbets field, as they would not overlap due to football being a winter sport.

The team played for 13 years and only had 2 winning seasons in which they landed in 2nd place. The franchise all time record was 60-100.

The Dodgers made NFL history on October 22, 1939. That day, at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers played the Philadelphia Eagles in the first NFL game shown on television. The Dodgers won the game 23–14.

Another interesting tidbit is that this franchise has indirect ties with the Indianapolis Colts, as the franchise folded in New York, the NFL moved the team to Texas and became the Texans. After another disaster team all the players were moved to an expansion team in Baltimore the now Indianapolis Colts.






 AAFC Brooklyn Dodgers 1946-1948
The reason why the NFL Dodgers folded was because owner thought the AAFC would offer more incentives thus moved the franchise to All-American Football League. During the 1940's the AAFC had better players and was challenging the National Football League.

As for the AAFC Dodgers, they had three horrible seasons and decided fold and merge with the AAFC Yankees renaming the team to the Brooklyn-New York Yankees



Brooklyn Dodgers Continental Football League 1966
This team actually had no relations to the Dodgers baseball team, to the extent that the reason why the team only lasted for one season was because the Dodgers actually sued this team for copyright infringement.

The team tried to gain viewers and fans in Brooklyn as the baseball team was getting ready to move to Los Angeles that even hired and named Jackie Robinson as their general manager.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Who Knew #11: Wrigley Field in Los Angeles


When most people hear the name “Wrigley Field,” they picture brick walls, ivy and a team with the longest World Series drought in Major League Baseball. But two years before the Chicago stadium became known as Wrigley Field, there was already another ballpark with the same name in Los Angeles, California.

The story began in 1921, a few years after William K. Wrigley Jr. became principal owner of the Chicago Cubs. Wanting to acquire a minor league team in California, he acquired the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. (Not to get confused with the current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) After failing to find a place for the newly acquired Los Angeles Angels, he decided to build his own ballpark. Wrigley hired architect Zachary Taylor Davis, who had designed Cubs Park (now known as Chicago’s Wrigley Field) to design the stadium after Cubs Park.

Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League

 Wrigley Field was a perfectly symmetrical ballpark with more than 20,000 seats on the corner of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard in South Central Los Angeles.



For 33 seasons, 1925 to 1957, the park was home to the minor league team Los Angeles Angels. The minor league baseball days ended when the Brooklyn Dodgers transferred to Los Angeles in 1958. Rumors swirled Los Angeles, that the Dodgers would perhaps use Wrigley Field as their temporary home while awaiting construction of their new stadium. Dodger owner Walter O' Malley criticized the stadium for having small dimensions, but the real reason why he opted out for the Los Angeles Coliseum  was because it sat 93,000 people.
Wrigley Park Supporter hoping the Dodgers would call it home

The stadium became vacant until 1961, when the now LA Angels of Anaheim became a Major League Baseball team. The team used this stadium for only one year until they awaited their new stadium in Anaheim. The stadium then became very popular for filming. Before MLB integrated the Home Run Derby to the MLB All Star Game, famous baseball players would come to this field and film a home run derby style show




The stadium once again became vacant and with the rise of two Major League Baseball Stadium the venue became vacant and only used for other recreation events. The city of Los Angeles decided to demolish the stadium for a new recreational facility and a medical facility. Demolition began in March 1969. The once futuristic and first known Wrigley Field disappeared and is often forgotten due to Wrigley Field in Chicago still serving as a home to the Chicago Cubs.

Wrigley Park being demolished in 1969



Interesting Facts: 

Cubs Park was renamed to Wrigley Field until 1927. Almost 5 years after L.A's Wrigley Field

William K. Wrigley's company Wrigley's Chewing Gum

1920's ad for Wrigley's Gum


Los Angeles' Wrigley Field was the original Wrigley Field, bearing the name when it opened in 1925 as the Cubs ballpark was known as Cubs Park - See more at: http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/LAWrigleyField.htm#sthash.XVvWyKxy.dpuf
Los Angeles' Wrigley Field was the original Wrigley Field, bearing the name when it opened in 1925 as the Cubs ballpark was known as Cubs Park. - See more at: http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/LAWrigleyField.htm#sthash.XVvWyKxy.dpuf
Los Angeles' Wrigley Field was the original Wrigley Field, bearing the name when it opened in 1925 as the Cubs ballpark was known as Cubs Park. - See more at: http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/LAWrigleyField.htm#sthash.XVvWyKxy.dpuf
Los Angeles' Wrigley Field was the original Wrigley Field, bearing the name when it opened in 1925 as the Cubs ballpark was known as Cubs Park. - See more at: http://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/past/LAWrigleyField.htm#sthash.XVvWyKxy.dpuf

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Who Knew #10 Simons Brick Company #3

In 1886, Reuben and Melissa Simons and their six children left Hamburg, Iowa, for Los Angeles, California. Reuben was a brickmaker, born in England in 1836, and had immigrated to the United States in 1866. Reuben and his teenage sons, Joseph, Elmer, and Walter, located a clay deposit in the southern part of Pasadena, where they opened their first brickyard. In 1900, the Simons Brick Company was incorporated with a capital stock of $100,000. Joseph Simons was president, Elmer Simons was secretary and treasurer, and Walter R. Simons was vice-president. The Pasadena brickyard was a great success and soon the Simons sons were eager to expand their brick manufacturing business to other areas. The Simons opened a total of 8 brickyards but brickyard #3 (present day Montebello/Commerce) was known as the largest brickyard in the world

Simons Brick Company Plant in Pasadena






In 1905, Simons Brick Company Plant Number 3 was built on property that was formerly a Mexican land grant, Rancho Laguna. They purchased 273 acres of land for their new clay pit and brick plant, which was named the Number 3 Yard.  Walter Simmons was the leader of this brick company as other family members had expanded through out Los Angeles County in Boyle Heights and in Santa Monica. This yard was on the northeast corner of the intersection of Vail Avenue and the Santa Fe Railroad. The plant office was on Rivera Street. Its general boundaries were Vail Avenue on the northwest, Greenwood Avenue on the southeast, the Santa Fe rail line on the southwest, and Date Street on the northeast
Simons Brick Company in Santa Monica (1939)


During the 1906 San Francisco earthqauke, the Simon Brick Company shipped out a lot of bricks to construct the destroyed city.

Aeriel view of the Simons Brick Company #3. Picture taken in 1924.

The company started with around 500 workers and grew within time. When several of the workers asked for local living arrangements, the company erected two large boarding houses for the single men and two- to four-bedroom homes for families, all rented at $1 a day. By 1925, Simons grew to a population of about 1,600, mostly of Mexican immigrants.

Simons Brick Company Plant #3 Largest Brick Yard in the world Montebello/Commerce


The Simons Brick Company not only became a business but its own town, it had its own lighting system, water works, and sewage disposal system. There was a depot, a general store, a postoffice, a church, a grade school with five teachers, a motion picture and amusement hall, an auto repair garage, a recreation field, and a handball court. The most intriguing was that they had their own baseball team which was composed of company workers and played in a league.

Simons Brick Company Baseball Team



The demand for building bricks waned after World War II as concrete was replacing brick as the preferred structural building material. The Simons Brick Company began to shut down the brickyard in 1947. In May 1952, the yard was condemned and the workers were forced to move from Simons. Acting as a guardian for her ailing husband, Mrs. Edith Simons gave $6,000 from their estate to each of the 19 remaining families to help them move out of Simons.

What's Left

There's really not much left other that memories and told stories by those who were members of this community. After the yard was condemned the Simon's sold everything to industrial developers. If you go on the 5 freeway, A Simons marker can be seen on the southbound Interstate 5 Freeway from the Washington Boulevard on-ramp on what is known as the Simon's Underpass. There are many business around the LA county area that might still have some bricks that were made by the Simons Brick Company Plant 3!



A Simons brick, not all bricks have the Simons name
Interesting Videos


Great Documentary on the Simons Brick Company


Friday, September 26, 2014

Who Knew #9 Telegraph Atlantic Airport

So after posting and writing about Vail Field a few months ago, I came across  people who told me about a possible  airfield on Atlantic and Telegraph in the City of Commerce. As I was doing research on the Alhambra Airport I found a few maps that clearly label this small airfield. It was hard to find much information but hope you enjoy a few things I dug up.



1931- Map that Shows Vail Field and  an airport without a name in the intersection of Atlantic and Anaheim-Telegraph Road


Little research that I found, it was called Ace Field in the 1920's, then renamed Sprott Field in 1931. One of the other many names and most popular one was Telegraph-Atlantic Airfield

According to Aero Files , the location of the airport was on Telegraph Rd, West of Atlantic, South of Telegraph. Right around the Bristow Park area. Perhaps in the 5 freeway area now.

I came across an LA Times article from 1932, about a very well known Southern California pilot who died in an accident after flying from Sprott Airport
Hurtling from 2000 feet over the Sprott Airport at Atlantic Boulevard and Telegraph Road, Maj. John Clifford Bryan, widely known Southern California aviator and former World War pilot, died instantly


The following picture  captures another airplane wreckage in the Sprott Airport. This picture courtesy of the UCLA library.

Crash of Tony Schwamm's Plane, Wreckage from crash that occurred near Sprott Airport at Telegraph Road and Atlantic Boulevard. Pilot and passenger survived. Man next to plane may be George (Tony) Schwamm, pilot of plane and son of former Fire Commissioner Anthony Schwamm
I could not find any information of when the airfield was ceased, with the emergence of Vail Field, I personally think it did not last much. No pictures of the airfield were found or any other mentions in the Los Angeles Times database. The last map I found was a 1939 map that also points out the airport as Telegraph Atlantic Airport.


If you have any further details or information, feel free to share your knowledge.