Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Yesterday I featured a fun letter written by Walt Disney to former Dodgers GM Buzzie Bavasi (link here). Today, I take a look at a couple other Dodgers related collectibles currently on auction at Paragon.
Wow! There's nuthin' 'round the ol' joint.
Shown above, via a tweet by Old Baseball Photos, is Ebbets Field just prior to its opening in 1913. You can see the grandstands and the backside of the outfield walls, but nothing else (except a few buildings here and there). I always assumed Brooklyn was built out the way it is today, but clearly that is wrong. The immediate area was as barren as a bald head.
A little bit of research tells me that Pigtown, the neighborhood this area was called due to the existence of several large pig farms, was economically depressed. It's inhabitants were largely poor and crime was known to be a problem. Folks would come into town to dump their junk there and farm animals were known to roam around recklessly. The metropolis it is today was just a dream back then.
Below are more links to check out:
- This Day in Dodgers History: In 1947 the Branch Rickey traded five Dodgers players; including Kirby Higby, to Pittsburgh. The move was seen as a message to the players on his support for Jackie Robinson.
- Happy Birthday, Davey Lopes and Darren Dreifort!