As part of the celebration of their 50th anniversary in Southern California, the Dodgers will play an exhibition game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum against the Boston Red Sox next spring — and the game’s proceeds will benefit ThinkCure, the team’s official charity.
“Giving back to the Los Angeles community is a core value of the franchise, and we’re thrilled to be able to host an event of this magnitude to benefit ThinkCure,” said Dodgers owner and chair Frank McCourt.
Launched in July by the Dodgers, the McCourt family, City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, ThinkCure is dedicated to raising funds for critical cancer research and ultimately finding a cure for cancer. Of the work of City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, McCourt said, “both organizations are doing an incredible job to find a cure for cancer.”
ThinkCure follows in the footsteps of The Jimmy Fund, which was started in 1948 and is one of the most enduring and successful charities of its kind. The charity is supported by the Red Sox. The McCourt family has been associated with The Jimmy Fund since its inception when Frank McCourt’s grandfather, Francis McCourt, was a part owner of the Boston Braves.
The March 29, 2008, exhibition game, which pits the Dodgers against the current world champions, marks the first-ever return of the Dodgers to their original Los Angeles home. The franchise played at the Memorial Coliseum from 1958 to 1961 during the construction of Dodger Stadium.