I absolutely LOVE this photo of OUR EBBETS FIELD...and never tire of seeing it.....
From an eBay listing.
It is a great picture indeed. I have said it before, but I wish I could go back in time and see a game at Ebbets Field.Originally Posted by DODGER DEB
I agree that this is a memorable picture.Originally Posted by yankees rule
Who can tell us which of the buildings and sites surrounding Ebbets Field are still there?
Did this rather quickly using Windows Live Local, but whatever is in blue is still there. Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonalds are in red
Here is an interesting and rare photo of OUR Ebbets Field, taken in 1920. It is down the third base line and looking towards left field, when there was no wall or enclosed doube deck stands.
Last edited by SoxSon; 07-04-2006 at 11:19 AM.
Originally Posted by bobw357
Good job, Bobw357.
Always looking to learn, so I ask this basic question. What is Windows Live Local? Is it a source of photos?
Thanks in advance for your help with that one.
It is an aerial photo site. The photos may be a few years old.
I typed " 55 Sullivan Place Brooklyn NY" in the address box on top and it sends you to that address.You can see views from the east,west,north or south. I think it is much better than Google Maps.
Originally Posted by yankees rule
Yes, it is.
And do I ever remember those trips to J.C. to see the Dodgers there. Felt luck a duck out of water.
EFG, how many times did you go there and what are some of your memories? My mom wouldn't let my dadtake me she said I was to young to travel from Brooklyn to Jersey City, go figure.iOriginally Posted by EbtsFldGuy
I think my Dad and I went there twice, once in each year they played there.Originally Posted by tonypug
Roosevelt Stadium was out on sort of an inlet (it seemed), and was a WPA Project, I think from the 1930s. Must have been a fine place in its day. It was home to the JC Giants team until the early 1950s, when they moved to Ottawa.
From a Dodgers fan viewpoint, it was good in that you could get even closer to the action than at EF. We had fine views of the players - which as a kid I enjoyed most. The park was spartan, and, as I recall, the crowds were not capacity (I'm not certain of that, though). Parking was convenient (better than EF) and the safety of the area was OK.
It seemed odd, however, to see the Dodgers wearing home uniforms in a place other than EF.
My Dad and I later returned to Roosevelt for, of all things, a high school all star basketball game one summer - after the Dodgers went to LA.
Roosevelt lingered on for years, home mostly to high school football and maybe an occasional basketball game.
It was demolished, and I don't know what's on the site now.
The use of Roosevelt was purely a message by OM to NYC that he was serious about relocating.
We know the rest.
Thanks for your memories. I remember watching the Cincinatti Reds AAA team which was relocated from Havana after the Castro takeover to Jersey City. Channel 13 I believe, televised some of there games.When O'Malley switched some games to Jersey City that was the sign that he was moving out of Brooklyn. It was a signal to LA that he would listen, if they were serious.Originally Posted by EbtsFldGuy
I have just seen these pictures. I cried uncontrollably, and I hate to tell you my age. They struck a chord inside me I didn't know I still had.Originally Posted by zman
I take it you are an old Brooklyn Dodger fan, welcome.Originally Posted by Lprof
Roosevelt Stadium, in its day, was magnificent, generally regarded as America's finest minor league park. With its surrounding park, it was actually the largest stadium in the country. I saw Jackie play his first game with Montreal there in April, '46. By the time the Flock arrived, it was on a slippery slope.
Any ballpark goes downhill fast when they aren't maintained. Once the Giants moved their farm team, not much was done to the Stadium.Originally Posted by musial6
Dear Friends -- I actually finished writing this article over a year ago, but I missed the deadline for last year's SABR annual, The National Pastime. At last this year's edition has come out.
At least a few of you here are SABR members; thanks for your kind words. I'd like to make the story available to the rest of you too. I asked for the editor to send me a PDF, but he hasn't gotten around to it yet...so I made my own, as close as possible to the actual magazine!
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That is one terrific piece of work, VIB. Kudos to you for all your work in digging up some missing pieces of OUR Ebbets Field's past.Originally Posted by VIBaseball
Thanks for sharing it with US.
Here is a rare photo of the inside of ROOSEVELT STADIUM in Jersey City, where WE played a few of OUR home games in 1956/1957...
From an eBay listing.
Last edited by DODGER DEB; 06-27-2006 at 05:35 AM.
That is indeed a rare photo. Any idea what year the photo was taken?Originally Posted by DODGER DEB
Jackie played his first game in "white" baseball there in April. '46. The place was mobbed that day. The overflow stood in foul territory behind ropes. I saw my first minor league game there during WW II. I loved that park. Thanks for the photo.
The date was not included on the listing, tony. I will see if I can find out.Originally Posted by tonypug
Originally Posted by VIBaseball
Thank you for that excellent article, which answers several questions that have appeared here over the years.
I attended the 6/23/58 Van Buren v Curtis game. The last time I was at EF. And I STILL taste the sadness of the day.
One other event that was scheduled for EF post 1957 but was scratched. Watching American Bandstand one day, I hear Dick Clark say that his Caravan of Stars would appear in EF that September. Riots at other rock and roll shows caused that to be cancelled, however.
Long live 55 Sullivan Place!
What brought you to the ballpark that day, EbtsFldGuy? Was it the desire to see a game at the old place just one more time, or did you know people from either of the schools or go there?
I saw a quote in Peter Golenbock's "Bums" about the demolition derby and how it saddened one of the old-time fans to see the turf defiled like that.
I have a hunch about the Brooklyn Stars, Campy's team. Marty Adler, Tom Knight, and other people with intimate knowledge of the Brooklyn Dodgers had not heard of them. I believe that club was insider knowledge for the black community (the neighborhood was changing). I still hope to uncover more about them...maybe find people still in the neighborhood from that time. I'd also love to know if any of those old groundskeepers are still alive. The ultimate would have been to ask Campy while he was still with us.
That's a neat bit about the Caravan of Stars. I did a quick Net and newspaper search but didn't see anything. Who knows, there could be a little more there too.