Williams: A piece of baseball history in Brooklyn, but for which club?

From Keith Williams at the New York Times on March 30, 2017:

Q. I read that a section of a wall from Washington Park — the stadium for the Brooklyn Dodgers before they began playing in Ebbets Field in 1913 — still stands at Third Avenue and First Street in Gowanus. Is this true?

A. The wall’s provenance is unclear. It might have been built for the Dodgers’ park, or for a subsequent stadium for another short-lived, self-proclaimed “major league” team.

With another baseball season getting underway, it’s an excellent time to dig into Brooklyn baseball history.

From 1898 through 1912, the Dodgers’ home was Washington Park, a site bounded by Third Avenue, First Street, Fourth Avenue and Third Street, near the pungent Gowanus Canal. It was here that the legendary player and manager Casey Stengel notched four hits in his debut, and that Cy Young, who still holds the major league record with 511 wins, pitched his last game.

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/nyregion/ebbets-field-wall-dodgers.html

Originally published: March 31, 2017. Last Updated: March 31, 2017.