I had known there was a Wrigley Field in Los Angeles before Chavez Ravine. I had also known that L.A. had been home to a minor league team before the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn.

What I did not know was the depth of the relationship between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles, and how long that relationship persisted.

A fascinating article in The New York Times addresses how Los Angeles was a Cubs town before Major League Baseball arrived in 1958.

For example, the Cubbies trained for many years at Catalina Island.

There are some great quotes from some still living old timers who recall those days.

Make sure to check out the great slide show as well.

Highly recommended.