For Brooklyn baseball fans, the Dodgers’ 1957 move to California was as knee-buckling as a wicked curveball. But for true baseball fans, the love never left.
Starting next month, the Brooklyn Historical Society rekindles the flame with “Home Base: Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field,” opening on June 3.
Digging deep into its extensive Dodger collection, the Brooklyn Heights-based society has pulled out memorabilia from the borough’s baseball heyday at the Flatbush diamond, including team photos, ticket stubs, old scorebooks from the 19th century, uniforms, baseball cards, and even seats from the Bedford Avenue bandbox, Ebbets Field.
Most valuable of all has to be the celebrated banner from the team’s 1955 World Series win.
In addition to the priceless memorabilia, the exhibition explores the complex relationship between the Dodgers and its home borough. Because here we are, more than 50 years after the fact, and we’re still talking about the one that got away.
“Home Base: Memories of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field” at the Brooklyn Historical Society [128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 222-1241], June 3-April 24, 2011. Opening night celebration from 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. For info, visit www.brooklynhistory.com.
— Ben Kochman