Generations after its demise, Ebbets Field remains the single most colorful and enduring image of a baseball park, with a treasured niche in the game's legacy and the American imagination.
In this lively story of sports, politics, and the talented, hilarious, and charming characters associated with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Bob McGee chronicles the ballpark's vibrant history from the drawing board to the wrecking ball, beginning with Charley Ebbets and the heralded opening in 1913, on through the eras that followed. McGee weaves a story about how Ebbets Field's architectural details, notable flaws, and striking facade brought Brooklyn and its team together in ways that allowed each to define the other.
Drawing on original interviews and letters, as well as published and archival sources, The Greatest Ballpark Ever explores the struggle of Charley Ebbets to build Ebbets Field, the days of Wilbert Robinson's early pennant winners, the eras of the Daffiness Boys, Larry MacPhail, and Branch Rickey, the tumultuous field leadership of Leo the Lip, the fiery triumph of Jackie Robinson, the golden days of the Boys of Summer, and Walter O'Malley's ignominious departure.
With humor and passion, The Greatest Ballpark Ever lets readers relive a day in the raucous ballpark with its quirky angles and its bent right-field wall, with the characters and events that have become part of the nation's folklore.
About the Author
Bob McGee, coauthor of Bridges of Central Park, has had a twenty-five-year career in public relations and media relations, writing speeches for CEOs and government leaders and developing public relations strategies. His sports articles have appeared in the New York Times and the Oakland Tribune; numerous other contributions have appeared elsewhere. He currently lives in Westchester County, north of New York City.
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Greatest Ballpark Ever: Ebbets Field and the Story of the Brooklyn Dodgers based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is an amazing book -- especially if the reader is a Brooklyn Dodger's fan and is the age where the Dodgers of the 1950's are a wonderful memory. I learned so much of the background behind the Dodgers I loved as a kid -- and I fully understand now why Walter O'Malley should never ever be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Never forgive and never forget!
I have just finished reading Mr. McGee's fine book on Ebbets Field, a ballpark which was gone by the time I was 6 years old. He has methodically researched this book, providing many excellent insights on the history and departure of the Dodgers....an excellent balance of baseball, politics, and Brooklyn. Where this book fails miserably is that there are not enough photographs of Ebbets Field in the center montage. There is not one excellent interior panorama picture of the seating bowl, no good pictures of the concave outfield fence, and no seating diagram. Mr. McGee gives us the ' feel ' of Ebbets Field, but has forgotten to give us a ' look ' at the old place. I recommend this book to anyone interested in historic ballparks, but there are MANY more pictures of Ebbets Field on various websites.