Happy Birthday, Charlie Ebbets!

Today is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Ebbets, former owner of the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. Charlie put his name on Ebbets Field, the legendary home park of the Dodgers that was at Bedford Avenue and Sullivan Place. It opened in 1913. I saw a game there, many years ago. It was torn down in 1960, a couple of years after the Dodgers deserted Brooklyn for Los Angeles. Charlie Ebbets is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery on Brooklyn’s highest hill. Strangely enough, when Ebbets Field was demolished, its soil was sold off to several Brooklyn institutions. Green-Wood bought some of that soil and scattered it across its grounds.

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