Brooklyn Dodgers


on January 4, 1957, The Brooklyn Dodgers become the first team to purchase an aircraft, buying a 44-passenger Convair 440 two-engine airplane for $770,000. The team, from 1949 through 1957, had flown in a 20-seat DC-3, a gift from Bud Holman, who won the plane from Eastern Airlines in a crap game, according to legend, and gave it to team owner Walter O’Malley.

The Dodgers become the first team with their own plan during regular season road trips.