Brooklyn Dodgers (1947-1957)

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K. Dwyer
The Brooklyn Dodgers
(1947-1957)

Brooklyn, one of the 5 boroughs in New York and being known as a magnet for immigrants, had its greatest amount of people moving into the borough during the 40s and 50s. It was the post-war era and families were sprouting all over New York. During that time the Brooklyn Dodgers were a significant part of Brooklyn and baseball history. Today the Brooklyn Dodgers remain as one of the most historical teams to ever play the game. No team could ever compare to its underdog persona they displayed from 1947-1957. It all started at Ebbets Field where the Dodgers became infamous in 1947 with the color barrio being broken by Jackie Robinson. They suffered season after season heart breaks to the dreaded Yankees in the world series to only ultimately win Brooklyn’s first ever world title in 1955. The Dodgers unexpected departure in 1957 deeply devastated all of Brooklyn’s fans and has yet to ever forget. -Ebbets Field. Brooklyn, New York

This historic franchise begins in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn just east of Prospect Park on Sullivan and McKeever. The Brooklyn Dodgers moved into the new home of Ebbets Field in the summer of 1913 on April 9th. Ebbets Field was more than just some seats and a baseball diamond; it had character born of its construction that its fabled residents would later enhance. Ceaselessly visionary, team owner Charlie Ebbets wanted a work of art for his team to play in and in several ways he succeeded. A rotunda resplendent with Italian marble, glazed brick, and a grand chandelier constructed in the shape of baseball bats and balls greeted visitors. Roman columns and arches provided the support for the grandstands. Ebbets field felt special inside and out. From the moment ground was first broken; Ebbets field was an anachronism, one that in each ensuing season would prove to be less and less adequate. That is not to say it was not a wonderful place to watch a baseball game because it was that and much more, a glorious Globe Theater type atmosphere where the mob felt like part of the game, for its cozy dimensions and double-decked grandstands put fans almost on the field in the cramped 32,000 person stadium. Spiritually the evolution of Ebbets Field fell in step with the evolution of the Brooklyn baseball, franchise, which featured characters like Casey Stengel and babe Herman along with classic heroes like Zack Wheat and ultimately, the boys of summer. There could be no greater emblem for the ballpark than Hilda Chester, a Brooklyn fan with a booming voice and head-ringing cowbell, who wanted nothing more than victory. By the end, Ebbets Field was an acquired taste for some, an annoyance for others. There was no escaping the person in the seat next to you, or the drunk a few rows down. The fans’ close proximity to the field, which made it possible to talk with outfielders during a pitching change and to hear voices from everywhere in the park, felt as confining as life in a brownstone with neighbors who asked too many questions. Ebbets field was a row house street, a railroad flat, a kitchen window looking out on to a red brick wall. It was not the way people wanted to live anymore. Ebbets field was not built to last, and you’d have to have blinders not to recognize that some sort of transition needed to be made. Compared to Brooklyn’s fading edifice, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park were modern mansions. Ebbets was a ticking clock waiting to fade away. On September 24, 1957, the Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Filed and their last game known as the Brooklyn Dodgers. Only 6,702 fans showed up to watch their beloved team take the field for one last time. Brooklyn’s ballpark was reborn as a 1,300-unit apartment complex called Ebbets Filed Apartments. -Jackie Robinson

From beginning to end we root for greatness. We root for our team to do well. We root for our team to create and leave lasting memories from a dazzling defensive...
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