Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn's Lost Ballpark

SABR Digital Library: Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn’s Lost Ballpark

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Ebbets Field: Great, Historic, and Memorable Games in Brooklyn’s Lost Ballpark
Edited by Gregory H. Wolf
Associate Editors: Len Levin, Bill Nowlin, Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-960819-16-1, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-960819-17-8, $39.95
8.5″ x 11″, 416 pages

Ebbets Field is one of the most cherished of baseball’s lost ballparks. This book tells the story of Ebbets Field through several feature essays and stories of nearly 100 historic games played there.

Relive the historic debut of Jackie Robinson, the 1949 All-Star Game, and the first start by 19-year-old Sandy Koufax—a two-hitter in which he fanned 19 batters. Brooklyn’s triumphs and heartbreaks in multiple World Series are here, too, along with Jeff Pfeffer’s 18-inning complete game in 1919, and Johnny Vander Meer’s second straight no-hitter. These games encompass ample heroics of Cookie Lavagetto, Dolph Camilli, Don Newcombe, Sal Maglie, Babe Herman, and Joe Black.

Named after Charles Ebbets, majority owner of the Brooklyn baseball club from 1902 until his death in 1925, Ebbets Field was the home of the Dodgers from 1913 until their relocation to Los Angeles after the 1957 season. Whether they were called the Superbas, the Robins (after skipper Wilbert Robinson) or the Dodgers, the club played over 3,400 games at Ebbets Field, as well as 28 World Series games in nine different postseasons. The games included in this volume reflect every decade in the ballpark’s history, from the inaugural regular-season game, against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 9, 1913, to the last one, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, in front of just 6,702 spectators on September 24, 1957.

This volume is a collaborative effort of 44 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). Contributors include: John Bauer, Nathan Bierma, Luis A. Blandon Jr., Thomas J. Brown Jr., John J. Burbridge Jr., Frederick C. Bush, Ken Carrano, Alan Cohen, Rory Costello, Richard Cuicchi, Paul E. Doutrich, Eric Enders, Doug Feldmann, Dan Fields, James Forr, Brian Frank, Gordon J. Gattie, Paul Hofmann, Mike Huber, Russ Lake, Bob LeMoine, Kevin Larkin, Len Levin, Mike Lynch, Andrew Milner, Bill Nowlin, Bill Pearch, J.G. Preston, Chris Rainey, Thomas Rathkamp, Stephen V. Rice, Carl Riechers, C. Paul Rogers III, Peter Seidel, Glen Sparks, Lyle Spatz, Mark S. Sternman, Stew Thornley, Joseph Wancho, Steven C. Weiner, Gregory H. Wolf, Jack Zerby, John G. Zinn, and Don Zminda.


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Originally published: November 8, 2023. Last Updated: November 8, 2023.