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A Marching Band Kicks Off the First Night Game at Ebbets Field, 1938

A Marching Band Kicks Off the First Night Game at Ebbets Field, 1938

In this black and white photograph, taken on June 15, 1938, a marching band is playing at Ebbets Field before the start of the first historic night game. The Brooklyn Dodgers lost to the Cincinnati Reds. Johnny Vander Meer pitched his second consecutive no hitter that night, making certain this game was one for the record books. 

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Historic Night Game at Ebbets Field, June 15, 1938

Historic Night Game at Ebbets Field, June 15, 1938

The Brooklyn Dodgers loss to the Cincinnati Reds on June 15, 1938 was historic for two reasons. The game was played at night, for the first time ever at Ebbets Field. The game was also the second consecutive no-hitter pitched by the Red's Johnny Vander Meer. In this photo, you can see the beaten Dodgers heading back to their dugout, while photographers walk onto the field.

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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, Brooklyn, June 21, 1938

Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, June 21, 1938

The Brooklyn Dodgers take the field in the second night game ever played in their beloved Ebbets Field. On the extreme right of this black and white image, we see the great Babe Ruth suited up as the Dodgers' first base coach. Ruth signed on three days earlier for $15,000 per year, anxious just to be back in the game and, he hoped, have a shot at managing the Dodgers the following season. Leo Durocher, long time "frenemy" from their Yankee days, ultimately took the helm of the Brooklyn team.

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Second Night Game Ebbets Field, June 21, 1938

Second Night Game Ebbets Field, June 21, 1938

It's June 21, 1938, and in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, the Bums, the Brooklyn Dodgers are playing the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second ever night game in Ebbets Field. Babe Ruth attended the first night game on June 15, and the crowd loved him so much, that Larry MacPhail hired him as the first base coach. In this old picture, taken by a fan at the game, we see the Sultan of Swat, standing by the first base line wearing his new Dodger uniform.

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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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Ebbets Field During the 1956 World Series

Ebbets Field During the 1956 World Series

It's the first game of the 1956 World Series, and the defending World Champions, the Brooklyn Dodgers, are hosting their rivals the New York Yankees at Ebbets Field. Whitey Ford is on the mound, Yogi Berra is behind the plate, and a Dodger batter is on his way towards first.

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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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