Ebbets Field debuted right before the beginning of World War I. Groundbreaking for its time, Ebbets Field joined Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, Cincinnati’s Crosley Field, Boston’s Fenway Park, and Chicago’s Wrigley Field during this period as monuments to baseball with architecture showcasing excellence in craftsmanship. The new stadia also answered the need for more seating. They were built to last decades. A century, even.
Archive for June, 2013
James Gandolfini died from a heart attack during a trip to Italy. His portrayal of Tony Soprano, indelible in our memories, changed television.
1951 was supposed to be the Dodgers’ year, a vengeance-filled riposte of burgeoning against the baseball fates that determined the previous year’s National League pennant go to the Philadelphia Phillies on the last day of the 1950 season. (more…)
On October 3, 1951, in the 75th year of the National League, the cross-town Giants-Dodgers rivalry provided a finish that belonged on a storyboard in the office of a Hollywood producer debating whether he should take his wife to Ciro’s and his latest casting couch conquest to the Trocadero. Or vice versa.
Discuss. This could take awhile, if at least one participant bleeds Dodger Blue.
Jackie Robinson comes to mind, of course. His courage opened the door for integration to revolutionize baseball.
In the 1970s, television audiences empathized Stapleton’s alter ego, Edith Bunker, on All in the Family. Edith was optimistic, sunny, and kind to balance Archie Bunker’s grouchiness. But I also remember Stapleton as Mary Dobkin. Aunt Mary.