Ebbets Field

Game 1 of the 1920 World Series at Ebbets Field, October 5, 1920. Ebbets Field opened in 1913. The last game there was witnessed by 6,702 souls in 1957. A wrecking ball swung into the old ballpark in February 1960. O’Malley’s efforts to relocate elsewhere in Brooklyn had been opposed by Robert Moses, who thought that a stadium should sit on the outskirts of the city, served by highways rather than by surface streets or public transit. His early vision for a ballpark near the 1939 World’s Fair site, in the Flushing Meadows district of Queens, was finally realized with Shea Stadium. (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION)