Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Ebbets Field Rotunda

Ebbets Field rotunda, ca. 1950, v1991.11.16.1; Harry Kalmus papers and photographs; Brooklyn Historical Society.

As spring awakens, so does baseball. This photograph comes from the Harry Kalmus collection and shows the rotunda entrance of Ebbets Field, the majestic Flatbush home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It appears to be a slow business day for the snack booth outside the ballpark. Perhaps it is still morning and the stadium crew is preparing for game day behind the closed gates. Seasoned Brooklynites may recall being able to enter the rotunda through one of twelve turnstiles. The interior of the rotunda featured a chandelier with twelve baseball bats holding twelve baseball lamps. The Dodgers have long since left Flatbush and Ebbets Field has been replaced by a housing complex, but the Dodgers and the legacy of Ebbets Field live on in BHS’s current exhibition Home Base: Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field on view through April 1, 2012.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. To search our entire collection of images visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

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