Ebbets Field: Brooklyn's Baseball Shrine

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Ebbets Field was Brooklyn's Baseball Shrine. From the first televised baseball game and the home of the first black player to integrate baseball, Ebbets Field served as a community meeting place where people came to worship their hometown Dodgers.

Inside are contributions from such notable baseball heavy hitters as Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, NY Times Dave Anderson and ex NY Met GM Joe McDonald (who started out as a ticket taker at Gate 19). Also interviewed are ...

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Overview

Ebbets Field was Brooklyn's Baseball Shrine. From the first televised baseball game and the home of the first black player to integrate baseball, Ebbets Field served as a community meeting place where people came to worship their hometown Dodgers.

Inside are contributions from such notable baseball heavy hitters as Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, NY Times Dave Anderson and ex NY Met GM Joe McDonald (who started out as a ticket taker at Gate 19). Also interviewed are multiple ex-Brooklyn Dodgers including Spider Jorgenson, Gene Hermanski, and Carl Erskine, who give their first hand observations and memories of Ebbets Field. Many old Brooklyn Dodger fans also added their unique stories, as well as photos, of the Ebbets Field experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418481551
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,023,185
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    A Book To Make You Envious

    All the way through the regaling that Joseph McCauley works in his tale of Ebbets Field, you have an inkling of the envy you'll eventually feel when you come to finish this really great story of a truly unique time in the history of man -- when one could trust his eight-year-old daughter to her ten-year-old brother and a fistful of change, alone at a double-header in a major league ballpark, surrounded by what had become to them the family of Dose Bums and their fans! I resolved, as I put down this book, that I wished to be 50 years older, when you had a chance to be a member of that great gathering. McCauley tells the story of more than merely a structure. His is the story of a place and a time when professional ball players talked with you and you talked with them as friends and co-admirers, not combatants; when the players lived in your neighborhood and, at times, even knew your by name; when you heard not only the crack of the bat at the crack of dawn, but often the closing of the bar with some of the team, much later after the game, win of lose. As McCauley tells it, you went to Ebbets not merely to support your Dodgers but, well, 'cause that's what there was to do 'round Brooklyn and what there was to do was lots of fun. And was there a lot to do! McCauley spins the stories out nearly faster than they can be caught -- of games won and lost, championships had and missed, players coming and going and always remaining memorable, of Holy Name Society gatherings and college football matches and circuses and side shows and hot-dog venders and amateur musicians, and more variants thereon than I had thought possible, finally coming to conclusion 'midst the mess of a demolition derby preceding the demolition ball. When the grand ole' place finally meets her demise, you lament not only for what was but for all those who partook, as performers whether on the field or in the stands -- and you wish you could've been there, too! Buy this book, wade through the publisher's abysmal punctuation, and really enjoy the author's great recounting of a place and time to be envied!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    A real treat for baseball fans

    There have been books on Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Tiger Stadium but none on Ebbets Field until now. The 54 photos are very cool and many are in color. The book itself is a combination of history of the park and the Dodgers plus first hand stories from players, employees and fans. This book had many photos I have never seen and stories I never heard about Ebbets Field. A real winner!!!

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