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(The New York Times)   Ebbets Field, gone but not forgotten. 100-years-old today   (nytimes.com) divider line 17
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2013-04-09 10:00:19 AM
something something Citi Field
 
2013-04-09 10:11:58 AM
They originally played polo there, right?
 
2013-04-09 10:24:20 AM

AliceBToklasLives: They originally played polo there, right?


No, they had their own separate grounds for that
 
2013-04-09 10:25:26 AM

Already Disturbed: something something Citi Field

 
2013-04-09 10:45:24 AM
Considering how badly Wrigley is falling apart, perhaps it's for the best that places like Ebbets, Forbes, and the Polo Grounds were demolished.

Historic houses that are 100+ years old are hard enough to preserve and maintain.  Keep in mind, one of the oldest continuous historic preservation projects in America is Mount Vernon, and that's around 7,000 square feet with about 1 million visitors per year in tightly controlled tour groups where you don't touch anything.

Now contrast that with a 108,000 square foot stadium designed for heavy use by about 325 employees and team personnel 85 times a year, with an annual attendance of 2.88 million (and that will likely get up over 3 million within the next couple of years).  The estimated renovation cost is $300 million; Chicago looks like they can pull it off, but would Brooklyn, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh be able to do the same thing?
 
2013-04-09 10:55:27 AM

UNC_Samurai: The estimated renovation cost is $300 million; Chicago looks like they can pull it off, but would Brooklyn, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh be able to do the same thing?


Ask Boston. I haven't been inside Fenway since I was a kid, but the Sox fans seem to like it.
 
2013-04-09 10:55:40 AM
Siskel Field was cool too.
 
2013-04-09 11:02:48 AM

ThatGuyGreg: UNC_Samurai: The estimated renovation cost is $300 million; Chicago looks like they can pull it off, but would Brooklyn, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh be able to do the same thing?

Ask Boston. I haven't been inside Fenway since I was a kid, but the Sox fans seem to like it.


The Red Sox have been far more timely with their renovations.  They put about $280 million into overhauling the park a decade ago, including several upgrades to infrastructure like plumbing and drainage.  Wrigley hasn't seen a major overhaul since the 1920s.
 
2013-04-09 11:07:08 AM
I just walked by the site a couple of days ago not knowing until I saw the sign. Would have been nice to see a ballgame within walking distance from my apartment.
 
2013-04-09 11:08:56 AM
Stupid Personal Anecdote Time:

I lived in an apartment on Flatbush Ave that was right about where Ebbets Field home plate was.

/at least that's what the rental agent told me
//CSB
 
2013-04-09 11:30:38 AM

zarberg: Stupid Personal Anecdote Time:

I lived in an apartment on Flatbush Ave that was right about where Ebbets Field home plate was.

/at least that's what the rental agent told me
//CSB


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What's this about Flatbush?
 
2013-04-09 12:08:54 PM
Old-timers I've talked to said that Ebbets was a giant cheesebox/urinal.
 
2013-04-09 01:19:32 PM
It will be really neat to see the recreation of Ebbets Field in the new Jackie Robinson movie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9RHqdZDCF0">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=I9RHqdZDCF0
 
2013-04-09 08:03:36 PM
I love Crown Heights. I can see the Ebbets Field complex from my window...
 
2013-04-09 09:07:09 PM
Ebbets field would be considered a trash bin nowadays, even if they had kept up with maintenance and renovations, which they weren't.
 
2013-04-09 11:30:08 PM
Casey Stengel:

Hit the first regular season home run at Ebbets

hiat the first <b>two</b> World Series home runs at Yankee Stadium (as a Giant)

played for the Dodgers an Giants

managed the Dodgers, Yankees and Mets

as noted, played in the first game ever at Ebbets

Played in the first ever World Series games at both Ebbets and YS

Managed in the last World Series game ever at Ebbets

Managed the last game at the Polo Grounds, and the first game at Shea

And the only thing they ever named for him in New York is a farking bus depot!
 
2013-04-10 11:08:49 PM

zarberg: Stupid Personal Anecdote Time:

I lived in an apartment on Flatbush Ave that was right about where Ebbets Field home plate was.

/at least that's what the rental agent told me
//CSB


The rental agent was lying. Ebbets Field was not on Flatbush. It was bordered by Bedford Avenue, Sullivan Place, McKeever Place, and Montgomery Street. The Ebbets Field Apartments are there now. You lived pretty close, though, and would have been easily able to walk to games.
 
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