Brooklyn Dodgers Last Game at Ebbets Field September 24, 1957
The Brooklyn Dodgers had not yet officially announced that they were moving to Los Angeles when they played their last game at Ebbets Field on September 24, 1957, but the fact that the Dodgers were going to be leaving Brooklyn was the worst kept secret of the twentieth century.
As the New York Times reported, “Everybody, including the 6,702 cash customers assumed that they were playing their last game in the old ball yard that was opened 45 years ago.”
Throughout sports there are certain franchises that have a storied history that will never be forgotten. Located in Brooklyn, the Dodgers and their ballpark for over four decades Ebbets Field will never be forgotten in sports history as it is remembered as one of the most nostalgic stadiums ever built. Read more Ballparksofbaseball.com
The old stadium was named after the Dodgers’ president, Charles Ebbets.
On March 4, 1912, he turned the first shovelful of dirt with a ceremonial silver and ebony spade.
On April 5 of the following year, 25,000 crammed into the new ballpark and saw Casey Stengel hit a home run that helped the Dodgers win an exhibition game against the Yankees. Four decades later Stengel would be at the helm of the Yankees for 10 American League pennants and seven World Series wins.
Four days later a crowd of 10,000 braved the cold and the wind to see the Dodgers play the first official game at Ebbets Field. The Phillies shut them out, 1-0.