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03/31/08 7:55 PM ET
Coliseum crowd officially a record
Guinness Book certifies Red Sox-Dodgers attendance
By Tom Singer / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Not all records are made to be broken. The latest entry in the Guinness Book of World Records appears safe, unless they ever start playing baseball at Churchill Downs or Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Saturday night's Coliseum crowd of 115,300 to see the exhibition between the Red Sox and the Dodgers is now listed under the heading "Largest Attendance At A Baseball Game." The editors of that reference have certified that the crowd for the centerpiece of the Dodgers' celebration of the 50th anniversary of their arrival in Los Angeles broke the previous mark of 114,000. The old mark was set in December 1956 during the Melbourne, Australia, Olympics for a game between Australia and an American Services team. "Records are made to be broken, but this one took awhile to be outdone," said Guinness World Record judge Stuart Claxton. "It's a testament to the significance of this event and the power of Major League Baseball." The previous record for a game between Major League teams was also set at a Dodgers exhibition, on May 7, 1959 when 93,103 turned out at the same Coliseum for a tribute to Roy Campanella during a game against the Yankees. "This record is a tribute to the passion and compassion of our fans, with whom this event clearly struck a chord," said Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt. "It's a marvelous launch for 'ThinkCure' and great news for our partners at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital L.A." Proceeds from Saturday night's game benefitted ThinkCure, the Dodgers' new official team charity, which aims to raise funds for the treatment and eventual prevention of cancer. The new entry actually is the Dodgers' second notation in the Guinness Book of World Records. They are already in there for "Highest Cumulative Attendance For A Franchise," a number that now exceeds 176 million.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.