Ebbets Field

The vacant lots around Ebbets Field accommodated only 700 automobiles. After the Second World War, city-dwellers flocked to outer Long Island and New Jersey, and the lack of vehicle access threatened to cut ties with the longtime Dodger fan base. Attendance languished; for the potential title-clinching Game 6 of the 1952 World Series, there were five thousand empty seats at Ebbets, which was built in the trolley-car era, as Walter O’Malley observed. “There are no trolleys to speak of today,” he wrote, “but there are automobiles and intelligently planned parkways.” (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION)