Ebbets Field before the 1930-31 expansion
Then on Friday the phone rang and it was someone from the Brooklyn Historical Society where I had served as lead historian on their Ebbets Field exhibit - "Home Base." A reporter from the Wall Street Journal had contacted BHS about an upcoming exhibit at Brooklyn College on the original blueprints at Ebbets Field - would I speak to the reporter? The result was about a half an hour phone conversation about Ebbets Field, but more specifically about Charles Ebbets then president of the Dodgers. The article, "Soon on Display in Brookyn: 'Holy Grails' of Baseball" appeared in the April 16th edition of the WSJ and the author was kind enough quote me.
Charles Ebbets vision of Ebbets Field
The initial essay for our forthcoming book about Ebbets Field (tentatively entitled - Ebbets Field: Essays and Memories of Brooklyn's Beloved Ballpark, 1913-1960) is one that I wrote called "Charles Ebbets, Builder of Ballparks, Ball Clubs and More." In researching Ebbets career a very different picture emerged. Ebbets certainly made his share of mistakes and was always short on money, but he gradually built a successful franchise on and off the field and did it in a way (I believe)that established the close relationship between the community and the ball club. Ebbet also made some major contributions to the game he worked in for over 40 years including the current 2-3-2 World Series format and the reverse order draft. The latter has become the norm in every professional sport, before Ebbets got it changed, drafting positions in baseball were chosen by lot.
Charles Ebbets in his prime