Gladys Goodding, Ebbets Field Organ Queen

By Rob Edelman

This article was published in the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal.

Gladys Goodding was more than just an artiste whose musical stylings entertained the Ebbets Field faithful from the early 1940s on. This cheerful, occasionally mischievous woman was a baseball pioneer. Hers was the first organ permanently situated in a big-league ballpark and she predated Eddie Layton, Jane Jarvis, Wilbur Snapp, and other ballyard organists. Her inimitable performance at every Brooklyn Dodgers home game was a foremost part of the Ebbets experience. Gladys Goodding was more than just an artiste whose musical stylings . . .

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