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First Night Game at Ebbets Field, June 1938

First Night Game at Ebbets Field, June 1938

In this old black and white photograph, taken on June 15, 1938, fans and photographers rush onto the field following the historic first night game at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. The body language of the Dodgers in the foreground make it evident they lost. Johnny Vander Meer pitched his second consecutive no-hitter on this night, making certain this baseball game was one for the history books.

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Ebbets Field Rotunda Entrance, 1950

Ebbets Field Rotunda Entrance, 1950

Charlie Ebbets acquired adjacent parcels of land in Flatbush over several years until he had enough space to build a stadium. Construction of Ebbets field began in 1912, and the Brooklyn Dodgers played their first exhibition game in Ebbets Field against rivals the New York Yankees on April 5, 1913. The stadium was the home of the Dodgers until their move to L.A. at the end of the 1957 season. At the time of this photo, the Dodgers were in the midst of a series of good years. Although they didn't win the pennant in 1950, they did in 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955, and 1956.

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The Polo Grounds, 1950

The Polo Grounds, 1950
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Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Ebbets Field was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 until the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season. Here we can see the stadium along with Prospect Park to the west and much of the Flatbush neighborhood, which Dem Bums called home.

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Yankee Stadium, 1938

Yankee Stadium, 1938

Fans prepare to enter Yankee Stadium for a game with mounted police on hand for crowd control.  At the time of this game, in 1938, the Yankees were in the midst of four season World Championship streak.  Babe Ruth had recently retired, but Lou Gehrig was still in the line-up and Joltin' Joe DiMaggio had come on board two seasons prior -- coincidentally at the beginning of the streak.

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