The Brooklyn Dodgers officially announced plans to move to Los Angeles on Oct. 8, 1957, and played the first game as the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 18, 1958. The National League granted the team permission to move during an owner's meeting on May 28, 1957.
Along with the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles, the National League also gave the New York Giants permission to move to San Francisco. However, the deal required both teams to agree to the move or neither would be allowed to. In the end, both did decide to move, and it was against the new San Francisco Giants that the team played its first game, which L.A. won by a score of 6 to 5.
The Dodgers played at the Los Angeles Coliseum for their first three seasons in L.A. before moving to the newly built Dodgers Stadium in 1962, which continues to be their home as of 2014.
Before becoming the Brooklyn Dodgers, the team had several other names, including the Robins, Trolley Dodgers and Superbas. The team's name was actually the Brooklyn Bridegrooms when it joined the National League in 1890, which was a reference to the fact that a number of players had recently gotten married.