Roosevelt Stadium: The Forgotten Ballpark

By David Krell

This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.

Ebbets Field is remembered as a shrine of love for baseball, Yankee Stadium is revered as an example of grandeur, and the Polo Grounds is honored as the home of a baseball reinvention led by John McGraw. Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium, a jewel of a ballpark boasting a 25,000 capacity within a Ruthian home run of Newark Bay, goes largely unrecognized for its contributions, including being the site of Jackie Robinson’s first regular season game in Organized Baseball. Bordering Hoboken — which dubs itself the “birthplace of baseball” because . . .

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