Ebbets Field Today: The Ghosts Can Not Be Pleased

Yesterday we brought you images of what remains of New York’s oldest ballpark, Brooklyn’s Washington Park. While we were exploring that old relic last week, regular YFSF commenter Andrews took on the opposite side of Prospect Park to the site that was once home to Ebbets Field, where Jackie Robinson broke into the majors 60 years ago. You’ll recognize those hallowed names in these photos, but we can’t imagine Jackie would be pleased. Lipstick on a pig, as they say.

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  • Thanks to Andrews and YF for bringing us the view us Midwesterners wouldn’t otherwise have. Maybe someday I can reciprocate with pix from the Kane County Events Center, home of the Class A Midwest League Kane County Cougars (which produced Beckett, Willis, Millar, Podsednik, Blanton and a fwe others).
    Or maybe I won’t.
    Back to the pix: For whatever it’s worth, it is this site that drew me to journalism.
    Roger Kahn’s book, “The Boys of Summer,” remains one of my all-time favorites, and he my favorite baseball writer.
    Speaking of Kahn, I love “The Era, When the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers Ruled the World.” It contains an overhead photo of Yankee Stadium and the old Polo Grounds separated by the Harlem river. Fans from one game would walk from one park to the other. How lucky NY baseball fans were back then.
    And then there’s Kahn’s book “Memories of Summer,” which contains tremendous stories about Willie Mays and some not-so-family-friendly stories about Mickey Mantle.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 29, 2007, 12:29 pm

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