Making his Dodger Stadium debut

<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="hpc713" title="Frank McCourt" href="/topic/arts-culture/literature/frank-mccourt-hpc713.topic">Frank McCourt</a> throws a ceremonial pitch while being introduced as the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000015" title="Los Angeles Dodgers" href="/topic/sports/baseball/los-angeles-dodgers-ORSPT000015.topic">Dodgers</a>' new owner on Jan. 29, 2004. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="T15007055" title="Professional Baseball" href="/topic/sports/baseball/professional-baseball/T15007055.topic">Major League Baseball</a> unanimously approved the sale of the team to McCourt for $430 million from News Corp. It was a leveraged deal financed mostly by debt. In McCourt's first season, the Dodgers win 93 games and the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT00000195" title="National League West" href="/topic/sports/baseball/national-league-west-ORSPT00000195.topic">National League West</a> Division title for the first time since 1995.

( Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times )

Frank McCourt throws a ceremonial pitch while being introduced as the Dodgers' new owner on Jan. 29, 2004. Major League Baseball unanimously approved the sale of the team to McCourt for $430 million from News Corp. It was a leveraged deal financed mostly by debt. In McCourt's first season, the Dodgers win 93 games and the National League West Division title for the first time since 1995.

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