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  • New Dodger manager Max Carey and his son greet new Dodger Hack Wilson in 1932. (From Rucker Archives)

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    • In this corner!

      In October 1931, Ebbets Field played host to Sharkey versus Carnero.
      (eBay listing.)

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      • Ebbets Field is honored on the editorial pages!

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        • I am trying to locate a wallpaper mural (approx. 5' x 8') showing the inside of the park. My son wants put this in his newborn son's room.

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          • I'm curious, in 1958 and 1959 there were some events at Ebbets Field(High School baseball etc). Who took care of the facility? Were the Dodgers expected to do the bare minimum to keep it standing? Was it the landlord?I'm sure the field was not MLB standards after the Dodgers left , but was it a hayfield? And when they were open for some events was the facility fully staffed with ushers and concessions open? Ever since reading "Boys of Summer" in the 1970's I've had an interest in The Bums and Ebbets Field. I grew up an Expos fan and The Duke was the colour man on the Expos national TV broadcast in Canada , and Snider would take time to wax nostagically about his Brooklyn memories.I was so interested, I attempted to build a mini Ebbets Field using Lego( I think I was ahead of the curve at 11 years old). .

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            • Here is the cover of a 1932 Brooklyn Dodgers program. Notice the elegant ads. (eBay listing)

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              • Originally posted by Brad MCdonald
                I'm curious, in 1958 and 1959 there were some events at Ebbets Field(High School baseball etc). Who took care of the facility? Were the Dodgers expected to do the bare minimum to keep it standing? Was it the landlord?I'm sure the field was not MLB standards after the Dodgers left , but was it a hayfield? And when they were open for some events was the facility fully staffed with ushers and concessions open?
                See post #118 on page 5, Brad.

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                • Thank you very much, that was a fascinating read and answered all my questions.

                  Cheers

                  Brad

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                  • Brad,

                    The Dodgers held the lease until 12/31/59. There's a photo somewhere on this site of Matt Burns of the Dodgers' staff turning the key to EF that day over to a Kratter Corp employee outside the rotunda, with broken windows in the background.

                    There was a skeletal maintenance staff left at EF. They were interviewed by Gay Talese of the NY Times on the day LA won the 1959 series. Short, memorable, sad piece, catching the essence of the abandoned EF and environs.

                    Painful to relate even now.

                    I can only imagine how those who lived near EF then must have felt to see the old lady in the winter of her life, and the area so deflated of its former glory.

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                    • Just want to say that I have been a long time lurker and just registered. Must also add that as a 39 year old I feel gipped. I am currently reading McGee's "The Greatest Ballpark Ever and can't get through it fast enough. As an avid baseball fan I feel like I missed the golden era of baseball. Everyone on my mom's side were Yankee fans, so my grandfather would regale me with Ruth and Gehrig. My stepdad's side were Giant fans, so I would get Mays and some Dodger stories. Well, I get the Mets, whom I still love, bu Shea is Shea and the 70's were no golden era. Sometimes I just wish I could go back in time.

                      Took the family to Cooperstown this summer on our cross country vacation and took in a game at the big ballyard in the Bronx. Memories of my childhood all over again. Wife kidded me about crying at the doors of Valhalla in Cooperstown. Anyway, picked up the last 2 DVDs of When It Was a Game and still weep like a baby when I see those gems.

                      To make a long story short, glad to be on and I love the nostalgia you guys bring. Don't hate me for the family ties, I just wish I could've been part of that era of NY baseball.

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                      • OCDan, I know those feeling all too well. Thanks for sharing them..thanks for posting and welcome aboard.
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                        • A warm welcome to all the new formers who have discovered OUR Forum. It is nice to have you join US.

                          Listening to all your wonderful stories and/or memories that have drawn you to OUR BROOKLYN DODGERS, I sincerely wish all of you could have been as fortunate as those of US who lived it, day after day, at OUR Ebbets Field. You would have loved it...and WE would have so enjoyed having you with US! Sadly, it was a time that Baseball will never see again.

                          c.

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                          • Dodger Deb, I couldn't agree more. I know we always back fondly at the past and we often forget the evils of racism and bigotry, etc. However, the 50s were an incredible time for America. In many ways it can be argued that it was height of Pax America. For that and as an historian, I feel gipped for missing it. Don't get me wrong, I love my family and I love life. However, that golden era of sports, esp. Baseball is gone. No longer do the kids, players, owners, etc. regard the games the same way or with the same fervor.

                            As I read McGee's book, I just feel a sense of sadness that Ebbets Field is gone. One must also remember, and I know most here hate the Giants, that the SCUMBAG also took the Gints with him. If he hadn't moved, it is doubtful that Stoneham would have ever moved. O'Malley singlehandedly changed the landscape of NYC baseball forever. If O'Malley ever gets elected to the HoF, I for one would still go to Cooperstown, but I will lose all respect for the electors, even though I don't have too much for them even know.

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                            • Dodger Deb's Book?

                              Hi Dodger Deb,

                              I was just wondering if we are getting any closer to being able to buy your book of Ebbets Field memories?

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                              • Originally posted by DickZ
                                Hi Dodger Deb,

                                I was just wondering if we are getting any closer to being able to buy your book of Ebbets Field memories?
                                You are so kind to keep asking about my book, DickZ, and I thank you for that.

                                It is coming along, although, in recent months, some "life situations" have moved ahead of it needing more of my attention.

                                c.

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