A vendor sells souvenirs during the 1952 World Series between Yankees and Dodgers. (Mark Kauffman/SI)
Jackie Robinson leaves Ebbets Field after playing opening day with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
Dodgers, Yankees, Giants home schedules, 1956.
A boy sells souvenirs outside Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 to 1957. (Corbis)
SI VAULT: An ode to Ebbets Field (3.7.60)
My latest chart for Getting Blanked: a look at Jackie Robinson’s career, and the first five years of integration in the majors. Full version here:
photo by Ralph Morse
Locker rooms, in Schwartz’s experience, were always underground, like bunkers and bomb shelters. This was less a structural necessity than a symbolic one. The locker room protected you when you were most vulnerable: just before a game, and just after. (And halfway through, if the game was football.) Before the game, you took off the uniform you wore to face the world and you put on the one you wore to face your opponent. In between, you were naked in every way. After the game ended, you couldn’t carry your game-time emotions out into the world — you’d be put in asylum if you did — so you went underground and purged them. You yelled and threw things and pounded on your locker, in anguish or joy. You hugged your teammate, or bitched him out, or punched him in the face. Whatever happened, the locker room remained a haven.
The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
|—||Ford Frick, per Joe Posnanski, on a potential Cardinals boycott of a game versus Jackie Robinson’s Dodgers in 1947. (via bryanjoiner)|
Babe as coach of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Like the Boston Braves, the Dodgers had no intention of letting Babe take over as manager; they simply wanted to use him to boost their attendance - 1938.