Dale Sveum

The story of the Dodgers game underway when the 1992 L.A. riots erupted

The story of the Dodgers game underway when the 1992 L.A. riots erupted

The Dodgers were having a bad game in an already bad season, but it was a typically nice evening to catch a baseball game in Chavez Ravine.

More than 36,000 fans packed into Dodgers Stadium to watch the home team take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Miles away in a Simi Valley, Calif., courtroom, a jury had already rendered its verdict: not guilty for the four LAPD officers caught beating a prone Rodney King on videotape.

But for those entering the stadium for a 7 p.m. game, it was like stepping into a kind of bubble. There were no smart phones or Twitter on April 29, 1992. There was no device to tell them in the fast scrawl of social media that Los Angeles was quickly...

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