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New York Baseball PAST:

The Brooklyn Dodgers and

The New York Baseball Giants

Check out the classic photos of these historic teams!!!

Brooklyn Dodgers

Original Brooklyn Dodger's Logo.

Jackie Robinson and "The Boys of Summer."

 Ebbets Field.

New York Giants

NY Giants Original Uniform

The Polo Grounds

Willy Mays the "Say Hey Kid."

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Below is a picture of the hated Walter O'Malley. As the owner of the Dodgers he moved the team to LA in 1957. Don't believe that he was hated ? Check out the joke below!

"If you were in a room with Hitler, Stalin and O'Malley, and had a gun with two bullets, what would you do?"

The answer: "Shoot both at O'Malley."

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New York baseball has a rich history that reaches past the modern Mets and Yankees. For half a century the Giants and Dodgers were New Yorks premier baseball organizations. They won World Championships, carried legendary players and captured the hearts of fans across the country. But, by 1958 they would both be gone from New York forever. These are the historic baseball teams of New York:

The Brooklyn Dodgers

History

When the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958 they took with them a history of social change, loyal fanfare and legendary players. The Dodgers were one of New York's favorite sports teams in the 30's 40's and 50's. The Dodgers won the World Series in 1955 and numerous pennents and division titles in the decades before.

Stadium

The team that would eventually become the Brooklyn Dodgers played for many season under different and curious names. The most famous and enduring Dodgers played in Ebbets Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Click on the links to see photos and to read an indepth history of this historic ball park.

Player Profile

The Dodger's most famous player is Jackie Robinson. This second baseman played for the Dodgers from 1947 to 1956. Robinson was the first African American to play baseball in the Major Leagues. Before Robinson, all African Americans played in the segregated yet mythic Negro Leagues. Robinson won the Rookie of the Year award in 1947 and the Most Valuable Player award in 1949. He was named to six all star teams but his greatest accomplishment was recognized by Major League Baseball in 1997 when they celebrated the 50th aniversary of Robinson's first game- the integration of the Major Leagues. His number 42 is retired by all Major League Baseball teams.   

The New York Baseball Giants

History

Before moving to San Fransisco in 1957 the New York Giants were a popular and successful organization. This ball club played under the names  the Gothams and the Green Stockings before changing to The Giants. This name would become the organization's most prominant and enduring. Between 1902 and 1922 the Giants won ten pennants and three World Series. The team experienced ups and downs but managed to win two more World Series Championships before a drop in ticket sales and a crumbleing stadium caused owner Charles Stoneham to move the historic New York team to California where they still play today. Click here to read a complete team history.  

 

Stadium

The fabeled Polo Grounds was the hub of New York baseball from 1911 to 1964. This stadium was home to the Mets, Yankees and Giants for over fifty years. Famous for its irregular field dimensions the center field fence of the Polo Grounds stood 455 feet from home plate, the longest in MLB history. The ball park was constantly under construction. Starting with a seating capacity of 16,000 the park held 54,555 by the time it closed in 1964.   Click here for photos and more information on the Polo Grounds. 

Player Profile

Hall of Fame center fielder Willy Mays is one of the of best players to ever play the game. Mays was the pride of the Giants for twenty-two seasons starting in 1951. Mays' blinding speed and extravagant catches in center field made him a legend in baseball history. With the Giants Mays won multiple pennants, the Rookie of the Year award and in 1954 was named the league's Most Valuable Player. Mays was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.