Ebbets Field

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Demolished 1960

The Disappointed Tourist: Ebbets Field, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

Ebbets Field was a Major League Baseball stadium built in 1913 in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. It was named after Charles Ebbets, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball there by being the first Black player to play in the Major League. The stadium’s size, location and lack of parking meant that it could not accommodate increasing audiences and while there were attempts to relocate in the New York area, in 1957, the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and Ebbets Field was sold to developer Marvin Kratter who demolished it in 1960 and replaced it with apartment buildings.

I have no real connection to the Dodgers or Brooklyn but it was a hugely important site culturally and an epicenter for civil rights. Anon.