Baseball At Green-Wood

Green-Wood is rich in baseball history. Not just one, but several men, who thought of themselves as “The Father of Baseball” are interred at Green-Wood. We often host Opening Day tours of Green-Wood. Peter Nash wrote a book several years ago: “Baseball Legends of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.” And baseball historian Tom Gilbert is now working … Read more

“A Beautiful Way To Go”

Yesterday, “A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery,” opened at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition is a celebration of Green-Wood’s extraordinary 175 years. It is a great opportunity to educate the public about the cemetery’s history (by the 1850s, Green-Wood was attracting half a million visitors a year … Read more

Play Ball!

As the baseball season moves into full stride, it is a good time to remember Green-Wood’s permanent residents who played such a prominent role in the creation of the National Pastime. What other place has four men who claimed to have been “The Father of Baseball?” I was interviewed last week by Mark Morales of … Read more

Opening Day: Are You Ready for Some Baseball?

Well here we are. Not too much spring in the air. It’s not even April yet! But, it is indeed OPENING DAY–time for baseball. And, if you look closely, you’ll see that the harbingers of spring are indeed here:┬áthe trees are about to leaf out, the magnolias about to bloom–and the sound of bat against … Read more

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 … Read more