A Look at Ebbets

August 22, 2011

I’m lucky to have gone to games at both the “old” Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds. Dad would take my brother and me to see the two. He didn’t have a lot of time for the Yanks. But we got to go anyway – Mom was a native of the Bronx. Dad grew up a Giants fan, adopted the Mets, and took us to the Polo Grounds.

But I never saw Ebbets Field. The Dodgers had left for the coast playing at Wrigley Field in LA (taking the Giants with them) before I knew of baseball.

Now my cousin’s son Heinz can give us an idea of the site and place. Check it out.  

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Is Major League Baseball actually going to take over the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the most prestigious franchises. It sure looks like it might.

Frank McCourt has a peck of problems – personal and financial – which has left the club’s viability teetering. The Dodgers are $400 million in debt and had to borrow $30 million from FOX to meet expenses. In addition to the financial conditions of the club, the Dodgers “brand” (frankly I hate the term, but it is a business) has taken a beating over the past few years.

The Dodgers have a long and distinguished history. The club was formed in 1888. While most fans are familiar with the Trolley Dodgers of Brooklyn’s streets, the club was first the Bridegrooms for multiple players getting hitched at the same time.

And theirs is a history of success. The Dodgers’ 6 World Series are more than all but the Yanks, Cards and Bosox. It seems like the Dodgers have been in the Series, or a force, every decade.

(Note: As a Yanks fan I have to point out most of the Boston success was when there were real trolley dodgers in Brooklyn.)   

The Dodgers broke the color barrier. Baseball got the Dodgers-Yankees clashes of the ’50s. They opened the West (suckered the Giants to Candlestick and gave us the Mets. Ouch.). They have given us “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the Pennant!…” and “I can’t believe what I just saw!.” They have given the game Jackie, the Duke, Kofax and Drysdale among 57 players, managers, executives, and broadcasters in the Hall of Fame.    

Heck, they gave the game the Kansas City Royals. OK, big deal. But owner Ewing Kauffman emulated the uni’s and created a “school” based on the Dodgers facility in Vero Beach.

Yes, the Dodgers have been a model – but they are not now.

Now they are in the hands of McCourt, Selig, and their attorneys.  Pee Wee is tossing in his grave.