(mastronet.com originally posted by prof93)
(mastronet.com originally posted by prof93)
(mastornet.com originally posted by prof93)
"Fans in Brooklyn were special. They lived and died with the Dodgers. "Dem Bums" was that town's team. The Dodgers were the town. They were more important to the town than anything else, and the town has never been the same since the team left. I don't think any team and town have ever been so close. I heard about it before I got there, but I didn't believe it until I got there. Baseball was a religion there. The Dodgers conducted a kind of church. The fans believed."
(Photo from Brooklyn Public Library)
Last edited by zman; 04-08-2006 at 08:08 AM.
"Those fans had been around. They could accept a physical error, but if you made a mental mistake they booed your butt. And they knew when you made a mental mistake. They knew the game's fine points. If I had any doubt about making a bad play, the fans let me know. You could learn from them and I really loved them. They cheered sometimes and booed sometimes, but they were always loyal."
(photo from ebay)
It was 93 years ago today, on April 9, 1913, that OUR Ebbets Field opened. It was a cold day and only 12,000 fans showed up. WE lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0.
DODGER DEB: Thinking long range, is any kind of Centennial being planned for 2013? Brownie31Originally Posted by DODGER DEB
I wish I could tell you that there was, Brownie31.Originally Posted by Brownie31
In 2003, on the 90th anniversary of OUR Ebbets Field, about six of US showed up to accept a Proclamation issued by the Brooklyn Boro President Marty Markowitz. He presented it to US on this very cold and rainy day. It is now in OUR Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Hall of Fame.
So, for now, I will just say that I will never say never. Being a BROOKLYN DODGER FAN you learn early on to always expect the unexpected. If it was to happen it would have to come from the BROOKLYN FANS......it would sadly never come from the politicans in Brooklyn or NYC.
But, it is something to think about! Thanks for bringing it up.
DODGER DEB: You are welcome. Have you tried the Brooklyn Historical Society? Brownie31Originally Posted by DODGER DEB
WE have worked with the BHS for years, and while they are a terrific group, especially when Jessie Kelly was the President, they really have little "power" in this area.Originally Posted by Brownie31
They did a fantastic job with their exhibit on OUR 1955 World Championship last year. I posted a thread on it. It opened on April 21, 2005, if you are interested in reading about it.
The caption on this photo read 1922. I've seen Ebbets Field described as a rickety old ballpark but the architecture is beautiful in my eyes. It looks like a greek palace or something. A palace in pigtown? Charles Ebbets must have been a man of rare vision to imagine the possibility and bring it to life.
Under construction 1913
Last edited by zman; 04-12-2006 at 03:30 PM.
The Original Knot Hole gang.
I discovered the hole in the wall while hanging out during a game. There was a huge gate there, all metal or part concrete, I'm not sure which, but the reason I say concrete is that part of it near the lower hinge seemed chipped away. The only time I remember it being open was for Holy Name rallies when the men and boys of each Catholic Church paraded into Ebbets Field behind parish banners. They may have opened it for the Cleveland Browns' band when their team came to Brooklyn to crush the Dodgers in football. But, somehow, the gate had a hole near the hinge, and if a kid knelt down, only one at a time and in a very vulnerable position, although I didn't lock my Columbia balloon tire bicycle while I did it, but it was, even then, humbling to kneel and scrounge for a look from dead center field, past Snider; past second base with Pee Wee Reese at short and Jackie Robinson at second, and who on the mound, Newcombe or Roe? , and Roy Campanella, and the ump and Yankee in the batter's box if it was the World Series but you didn't know who was up, except the first time though the lineup when the batter was announced by Tex Rickard on the public address system.
Donald J. Millus
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(both photos ebbetsfield.com)
Last edited by zman; 04-10-2006 at 06:18 AM.
Excellent thread. Ebbets Field truly a lost national treasure-but the memory will last forever!Originally Posted by DODGER DEB
The columns along the sides remind me of the Parthenon
Last edited by zman; 04-11-2006 at 04:38 AM.
(mastronet.com originally posted here by prof93)
The "V" for victory indicates this photo was taken either during or shortly after the war. When it was over soldiers and sailors returned to their families and all the special places they enjoyed before the war. Would anybody like to tell us what it felt like? Oh yeah. And how were the frankfurters?
Last edited by zman; 04-13-2006 at 04:20 AM.
About time for a shot of the inside of the rotunda, doncha think? I've only seen 2 on the web. Anybody have one they'd like to post here?
Photos of the interior of OUR Rotunda are rarer than a clean politican, zman!Originally Posted by zman
My sister Debs and I never went to OUR Ebbets Field without a camera..... and WE walked through OUR Rotunda almost every day. For some (stupid) reason, which WE can't explain, WE never took one photo of the interior of OUR Rotunda, and between US WE have a few thousand photos. WE have talked about this, ad nauseam, for years, trying to understand OUR overlooking the obvious, but, WE can't explain it.
The two photos that you refer to, I believe, are the only two in existence, which is very sad because it was such an incredible place to see.
If there are any new members that would like to take on the assignment of seeking out other photos of OUR Rotunda, WE would be eternally grateful.
Originally Posted by zman
Once again, great photo, zman!
For those who may be interested, this photo shows fans waiting to enter the park along SULLIVAN PLACE, or the firstbase side of OUR Ebbets Field.
Just in case somebody visits this site who's never seen it before...
The rotunda at Ebbets Field was part of Charles Ebbets’ vision for his new ballpark. The rotunda features a marble floor that reads “Ebbets Field” around a large baseball and a signature chandelier, which was comprised of baseball bats and globes with painted stitching to resemble baseballs. In the center of this photo, the 1949 schedule of the Brooklyn--New York Football Yankees of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) is highlighted.
(photo and caption walteromalley.com)