before The Game
Ebbets Field, opened on April 9, 1913, originally seating 25,000 fans and expanded to 32,000 in 1932, was home to the famed Brooklyn Dodgers until the last game played there on September 24, 1957. After the 1957 season , the team left Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles signifying the end of an era. The fabled field was demolished in 1960. Never was a baseball teamed loved more. The loyalty and devotion of the fans could not be matched anywhere. This painting is a tribute to that beloved stadium and the surrounding neighborhood of Flatbush in which it comfortably rested. It’s mid-morning and the grounds crew is preparing for a game against the hated Yankees in the 1953 World Series.