Saturday, July 21, 2018

Brooklyn Dodgers: Home Is Where The Heart Is


Spanning the Borough 
To Bring You The Constant Variety of Bums

One out of every seven people in this country can trace their family histories back through Brooklyn.  The Boys of Summer are no different.  Gone but hardly forgotten, the old Trolley Dodgers are quite alive and well.  Despite being scarred and broken, Dem Bums remain dear in the hearts of the Brooklyn citizenry, whom still wear their baseball caps, t-shirts, jerseys, and jackets like a red badge of courage.  Here in Kings County, at least, you might say New York City is still home to three teams.  However, the greater municipal politico and powers presently and historically have always demonstrated little or no interest in recognizing, preserving, or promoting Gotham's near 180 year baseball legacy - much less Brooklyn Dodgers history.  Therefore, I make it my business to seek out and reveal FINGERPRINTS OF THE BUMS wherever they may be.  This is the second installment in a series of reboots and original content featuring people, places, and things you may already be familiar with, and hopefully things you're not so familiar with.

Once upon a time ...

circa 1846

Served Briefly as Brooklyn Dodgers Clubhouse

Home of the Brooklyn Dodgers
I     1883~1891
II    1898~1912

Modell's Sporting Goods Collection
Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Washington Park Program ~ 1889
Vintage Baseball Game ~ 2009

Washington Park Program ~ 1890
Eastern Park Program ~ 1891

Game at Washington Park/Brooklyn Historical Society Collection

Last Season at Washington Park/Modell's Collection

55 Sullivan Place: Ebbets Field
Cedar Street renamed McKeever Place 
Edward and Stephen McKeever, Partner/Owners

Ebbets Field Apartments (Right Field) Wall, Bedford Avenue

April 9, 1913 ~ Sept. 24, 1957

Ebbets Field Turnstile
MCU Park, Coney Island

Brooklyn Historical Society Collection

Brooklyn Historical Society Collection

Ebbets Field Seats

Junior's Restaurant Collection

Road Trips 2017: Cooperstown Museum and Baseball Hall of Fame

Modell's Sporting Goods Collection

Bossert Hotel, Montague Street
Where Johnny Podres and the World Champion 
Brooklyn Dodgers Twisted the Night Away.

Road Trips 2017: Cooperstown Museum and Baseball Hall of Fame

Brooklyn Historical Society Collection

Film Props, Movie Shoot; Brooklyn Heights

Photo: Baseball Legends of Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery 
by Peter J. Nash; 2003 Arcadia Publishing

Sledgehammer to Cornerstone and Resulting Damage

Road Trips 2017: Cooperstown Museum and Baseball Hall of Fame

Bedford Avenue at Sullivan Place

Flagpole Dedication at Barclays Center
Attended by Sharon Robinson,
Daughter of Jackie Robinson

If the building in the forefront somewhat resembles a ballpark, 
it's because this is where Walter O'Malley wanted to build his new stadium;
Flatbush Avenue at Atlantic Avenue

Coney Island
Home of the Brooklyn Cyclones

2001 Inaugural Season 
New York-Penn League Champions

Retired Numbers: Carl Erskine; Don Newcombe; Jackie Robinson; Gil Hodges
1955 World Champions          Final Pitch: McDevitt to Pignatano

Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson

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