This is Rick again, I’m too excited about todays events not to take over the blog and write about it…
I love baseball. And one of my goals in life is to see as many stadiums as I can. As a highschool grad I hit the streets to visit nearly all the stadiums in the northeast. Well today I added another stadium and one very few alive have knowingly visited. While sitting in a coffee shop researching Brooklyn history I came across a note of some baseball artifacts and I quickly rushed out to see them.
What you see above is the outfield wall of Washington Park. Home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1898-1912. This is the oldest remaining section of any stadium in the country. Casey Stengel played his Rookie year here.
The second location I visited was older still. 133 Clinton Street, the old clubhouse for the Brooklyn Excelsiors – a civil war era baseball team.
This house was the former home of the Brooklyn Excelsiors, baseball champions of the United States in 1860. Constructed in 1851, the building was once the Jolly Young Bachelors clubhouse. The Bachelors evolved into the Excelsiors baseball team. One of its pitchers, James Creighton, 307 Henry Street, Brooklyn, is said to have tossed the first curve ball. During the Civil War, the Excelsiors introduced the game to soldiers from various states. Because of its popularity, similar teams were established in other cities. Thus, baseball, as a national sport, can be considered as having its origins in Brooklyn.
And tomorrow I will visit the remains of Ebbets Field!