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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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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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