Ebbets Field

The History of Ebbets Field

Flatbush Brooklyn hosted the majestic yet cramped Ebbets Field — home to the Brooklyn Dodgers. The ballpark was built by Dodger owner Charlie Ebbets at the cost of $750,000 and until 1929, no press box was present in the stadium. Fans could buy tickets in one of the twelve gilded ticket windows, enter the majestic marble rotunda through one of the twelve turnstiles, and look up and see a chandelier with twelve baseball bat "arms" holding twelve baseball lamps. Home of the Abe Stark sign, host to the 1949 All-Star Game & nine Fall Classics, and the field where Jackie Robinson first stepped upon make Ebbets Field one of the most legendary ballparks in history.

"Charlie Ebbets, the owner of the Dodgers, was building a magnificent new baseball palace way out in Flatbush, to be named after himself, and slowly acquiring enough good players to climb out of the second-division residence the Dodgers had fallen into ever since 1903, even before Hanlon left." - Leonard Koppett in The Man in the Dugout (2000)
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Major League Occupant(s)

Data

First Game

04-09-1913

First Night Game

Last Game

09-24-1957

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Ballpark Capacity

Data

Capacity Changes
( Yearly Attendance )

1913

18,000

1924

26,000

1926

28,000

1937

35,000

1938

32,000

1940

34,219

1941

34,000

1946

32,000

1952

31,902

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Ballpark Dimensions

Data

Backstop

1942

64'

1954

70½'

1957

72'

Centerfield

1914

450'

1930

466'

1931

447'

1936

399'

1938

402'

1939

400'

1947

399'

1948

384'

1955

393'

Left Center

1932

365'

1948

351'

Left Field

1913

419'

1914

410'

1921

418'

1931

384'

1932

353'

1938

365'

1939

357'

1940

365'

1942

356'

1947

357'

1948

343'

1953

348'

1955

343'

1957

348'

Right Center

1913

352'

Right Field

1913

301'

1914

300'

1922

292'

1926

301'

1938

297'

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Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Data

Demolished On

02-23-1960

Architect

Clarence Randall van Buskirk

Construction

Castle Brothers, Inc.

Cost

$750,000

Owner

Brooklyn Dodgers, Inc.

Field Surface

1913-1957

Natural Grass

Highest Attendance

41,209

05-30-1934

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Did you know that the Schaefer Beer sign above the scoreboard in right centerfield told fans of the official scorer's decision as the 'h' lit up for a hit and the 'e' lit up for an error? Details like this moved poet Ridzky A. Riyadi to write the following Ebbets Field poem:

"The Fall of Ebbets"

Ebbets Field was a special place
From the excitement of the pennant race

To the agony of losing to the Yankees
But all of Brooklyn cried on their hankies

When the home they called heaven
Was lost in 1957

    Before they left, it was all going well
    The Dodgers were doing kind of swell

    In the fall of '55
    The whole city was alive

    None had a clue that the home they called heaven
    Would be lost in 1957

That year they finally got over that hump
They finally broke out of the slump

They won a championship for the very first time
They all celebrated from sunrise to bedtime

They finally beat the Yankees in a best-of-seven
Two years before 1957

    The very next fall, Gil, Campy, and the Duke
    Proved that the past year was no fluke

    They tasted very little of defeat
    They were thinking of repeat

    It came down to another game seven
    In the place they called heaven

They lost and heaven began to crumble
To third place the Dodgers stumble

Then, broke the sad, sad story
That Ebbets would no longer see glory

Everyone knew that the home they called heaven
Would eventually be lost in 1957

    One final game at Ebbets Field
    Even then the Dodgers refused to yield

    And with that final victory
    Brooklyn baseball was history

    Every Brooklynite filled heaven
    All knowing it would be gone after 1957

Now, it's time to say good-bye
No Brooklynite had a dry eye

The Dodgers had just left town
Leaving Brooklyn with a frown

Brooklyn knew that the home they called heaven
Would soon be no more after 1957

    Time for heaven to fall
    Look out here comes the wrecking ball

    With mighty blows from a steel bubble
    Ebbets Field became rubble

    No more was the home they called heaven
    To the ground it went after 1957.

The first night game at Ebbets Field ( June 15, 1938 ) appears in the Baseball Almanac fabulous feats section, because it was also the second consecutive no-hitter thrown by Johnny Vander Meer .

A stunning eighty foot circular rotunda greeted Ebbets Field fans as they entered the ballpark and it was made of Italian marble with baseball-style "stitching" along with twelve turnstiles, twelve ticket windows, twelve lights shaped like baseballs held up by bat poles and a twenty-seven foot ceiling.

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