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 The Dodgers have long since left Flatbush and Ebbets Field has been replaced by a housing complex, but the Dodgers and the legacy of Ebbets Field live on in BHS’s current exhibition Home Base: Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets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.

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4 Responses to Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Ebbets Field Rotunda

  1. lou correll says:

    My father took me to my very 1st game at Ebbetts Field, the last game of 1950, Phils beat Dodgers 4-1, Robin Roberts won. The only run the Dodgers scored was a ball hit by Pee Wee Reese that got stuck in the Right Field screen. It was a ground rule that if the ball got stuck it was a home run.

  2. Robert J. Muldoon says:

    I can never drive by Ebbetts Field Apartments without feeling a sadness that the wonderful days of my youth as a Brooklyn Dodger fan sitting behind homeplate with the families of the Dodgers players are no more! I am so happy that the owner of the Mets, a lifelong Brooklyn Dodger-Ebbetts Field fan, chose to make the entrance to CitiField a replica of “The Rotunda.”

  3. Fredlave says:

    Ebbets Field was a great place to watch a baseball game. The stadium was small, almost intimate and, from the grandstand, you felt like you were part of the action. The Dodgers were truly a hometown team. I was in the stands on August 31st, 1950 when Gil Hodges (the best baseball player never elected to the Hall Of Fame) hit four (4!) home runs against the Boston Braves. That was 62 years ago but it still gives me a thrill to think of it..

  4. Les Zinner says:

    I saw one Dodger game at Ebbets field. It must have been sometime around 1955-57. We lived in the Bronx and I and my family were diehard New York Giant fans. It took us two hours to get to Ebbets field. The field was very compact compared to the massive center field in the Polo Grounds.

    Sweet memories. Thanks for bringing it to me.

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