By Colin O'Leary
December 15th, 2018
Before the Dodgers moved to sunny Los Angeles, they played at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn from 1913-1957. After the Dodgers left Brooklyn in 1957, Ebbets Field was torn down and a large housing project was constructed, erasing all signs of the historic baseball stadium.
The cultural influence the Dodgers and Ebbets Field had on Brooklyn and America can not be understated. The team had deep roots in Brooklyn even before Ebbets Field opened. Before the team moved to Ebbets Field, which is on the modern day border of Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Garden, they played in Brownsville section of Brooklyn starting in 1883.
The team was first known as the Brooklyn Grays, before they officially changed the name to the Brooklyn Dodgers around 1913. The name Dodgers was originally a nickname for the team, referring to pedestrians who had to dodge the above ground trolley carts on the streets which were prevalent at the time in Brooklyn.
Charles Ebbets, the Brooklyn Dodgers owner at the time, first started buying up lots in 1908 in his quest to build the stadium, which eventually opened in 1913. The neighborhood and land surrounding Ebbets Field was nicknamed Pigtown at the time, because of the several pig farms in the area.
The Brooklyn Dodgers lone World Series victory came in 1955 against the Yankees, two years before the team would leave for California. Ebbets Field is also notable because it was home to Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-1956.
Here some historical photos of Ebbets Field in Brooklyn