Jan. 1, 1889
Owners: Charles H. Byrne, Joseph Doyle, Ferdinand Abell
In 1888, the Brooklyn franchise’s name is changed from Grays to Bridegrooms for the seven players who married that season. The Bridegrooms won an American Assn. championship the next season and in 1890 moved to the National League, also winning a championship.
Jan. 1, 1898
Owners: Charles H. Ebbets, Ferdinand Abell, Harry Von Der Horst, Ned Hanlon
Upon Byrne’s death in 1897, Ebbets was elected as club president and entered into a partnership with Baltimore’s Von Der Horst and Hanlon.
Jan. 1, 1902
Owners: Charles H. Ebbets
Citing financial difficulties, Von Der Horst, Hanlon and Abell sold their shares to Ebbets in 1902, making him the sole owner of the franchise, then known as the Superbas.
Jan. 1, 1908
Owners: Charles H. Ebbets, Edward J. McKeever, Stephen W. McKeever
BTD Ebbets bought land in Flatbush -- where Ebbets Field was built and first used in 1913 -- and took on partners Edward and Stephen McKeever to soften the financial blow.
Vintage postcard of Ebbets Field
Jan. 1, 1925
Owners: Stephen W. McKeever, and heirs of Edward J. McKeever and Charles H. Ebbets
BTD Stephen McKeever died in March 1938, leaving the team to his daughter, Marie Mulvey. The team, which had been nicknamed the Robins (for longtime manager Wilbert Robinson) since 1914, became the Dodgers for good in 1932.
Jan. 1, 1925
Owners: Edward J. McKeever, Stephen W. McKeever, and heirs of Charles H. Ebbets
Ebbets died on April 18. At Ebbets’ funeral, Edward McKeever fell ill with pneumonia, and died within a week.
Jan. 1, 1939
Owners: Marie Mulvey and heirs of Edward J. McKeever and Charles H. Ebbets
Team prospers under Executive Vice President Larry MacPhail’s innovative leadership.
Jan. 1, 1944
Owners: Walter F. O’Malley, Branch Rickey, John Smith, Marie Mulvey and heirs of Charles H. Ebbets
Ed McKeever’s stock is put up for sale by heirs. Branch Rickey, Walter O’Malley and John Smith buy the 25% interest for $347,000.
Jan. 1, 1945
Owners: Walter F. O’Malley, Branch Rickey, John Smith, minority shareholders
In 1945, Rickey, O’Malley and Smith buy 50% of the team from the Ebbets heirs for $750,000, to amass 75% control of the team. Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in 1947.
Jan. 1, 1950
Owners: Walter F. O’Malley, various minority shareholders
In 1950, O’Malley wrestles majority control of the team from Rickey, amassing 66.2% of the franchise. The Dodgers win their first World Series title in 1955.
Walter O'Malley stands outside a nearly completed Dodger Stadium in 1962.
(Los Angeles Public Library)
Jan. 1, 1958
Walter O’Malley moves the team to Los Angeles.
April 18, 1958: Spectators line Broadway as Dodgers Manager Walter Alston, right, and coach Charlie Dressen
(Los Angeles Times)
Jan. 1, 1975
Owner: Walter F. O’Malley
O’Malley assumes complete ownership of the Dodgers by acquiring the final 33.8%.
Jan. 1, 1979
Owner: Peter O’Malley
Peter O’Malley assumes ownership upon the death of his father. The Dodgers win their fifth and sixth World Series championships while under the O’Malley family’s ownership in 1981 and 1988.
Los Angeles Dodgers Vice President Al Campanis, left, Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, Dodgers President Peter OMalley and Manager Tommy Lasorda, right, pose with the World Series Championship trophy in 1981.
Jan. 1, 1998
Owner: News Corp.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. purchases the Dodgers for $311 million. The Dodgers fail to make the playoffs in any of the six seasons under this organization’s ownership.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, left, and new owner Rupert Murdoch look over the playing field during Opening Day in 1998.
Jan. 1, 2004
Owner: Frank McCourt
Boston parking magnate Frank McCourt buys the Dodgers from News Corp. for $430 million.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
March 27, 2012
Owners: Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, Peter Guber, Mark Walter
A group led by Lakers legend Magic Johnson agrees to pay $2 billion for the Dodgers. Johnson is a partner in the group along with longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten and movie executive Peter Guber. The controlling owner would be Mark Walter, chief executive officer of Guggenheim Partners, a Chicago-based financial services company.
(Kathy Willens / Associated Press)