Tonight is Game Seven of the 2017 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. The Dodgers have appeared in 19 World Series—9 in Brooklyn and 10 in Los Angeles. In 1957, fueled by financial and political circumstances, the Dodgers’ team owners made a controversial decision to leave Brooklyn for Los Angeles. The photo of the week depicts three Dodgers pitchers (Johnny Podres, Carl Erskine, and Sandy Koufax) during the final night at Ebbets Field on September 24, 1957.
This photograph comes from the Schaefer Brewing Company scrapbook on Ebbets Field containing 20 photographs of players, fans, press, and Dodgers staff at the last game at Ebbets Field. The scrapbook was assembled by the Shaefer Brewing Company. If you’re interested in learning more about Dodgers history, be sure to check the Guide to Brooklyn Dodgers Archival Material at Othmer Library and our current exhibition at BHS Pierrepont, Until Everyone Has It Made: Jackie Robinson’s Legacy. The exhibition traces Jackie Robinson’s legacy in sports and civil rights activism. It features an array of archival materials, photography, programs and memorabilia—including the 1955 Dodgers World Series championship banner! Don’t miss it!
Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org