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Lot # 976: 1956-1957 Brooklyn Dodgers at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City Stadium Ticket Stub Complete Set (16)

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Item was in Auction "2023 Fall Classic",
which ran from 10/29/2023 7:00 PM to
11/18/2023 10:00 PM

In the early 1950s, Brooklyn's Ebbets Field, which opened in 1913, began to show its age. Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley wanted a new stadium, and even before the Dodgers won their one and only Brooklyn World's Championship in 1955, O'Malley was considering moving the franchise if New York City did not accommodate him with cooperation in constructing a new ballpark. Displayed is an extremely rare item, a complete set of Brooklyn Dodgers ticket stubs from the 1956-57 seasons when the Dodgers played a total of 15 regular season games, plus one exhibition game, at Roosevelt Stadium, a 24,000-seat facility in Jersey City, New Jersey. O'Malley scheduled the games in Jersey City as both an experiment to see how many fans the Dodgers would draw in "home" games not in Brooklyn, and an implied threat to move the Dodgers to Jersey City, or even California. Roosevelt Stadium was the former long-time home of the New York Giants Triple-A farm club (the Jersey City Giants), and the stadium where Jackie Robinson broke the professional color line on April 18, 1946, against the Jersey City Giants of the International League, when with the Dodgers' Montreal Royals Triple-A team, he had a spectacular debut in "Organized baseball" as he went 4-for 5, with a 3-run homer, four runs scored, three RBIs, two steals and daring baserunning that provoked two balks. After World War II, many Dodger fans in Brooklyn moved to the New York City Borough of Queens, or to Long Island, or other suburbs. The neighborhood around Ebbets Field had very limited parking, as most fans before World War II came to the games by public transportation. With many Dodger fans now in the suburbs and now having automobiles, and needing places to park, and with the area around Ebbets Field now a deteriorating section, O'Malley wanted to move the Dodgers, perhaps to a new stadium close to the Long Island Railroad station in downtown Brooklyn. While O'Malley negotiated with New York City officials, including politician Robert Moses, to give the Dodgers permission to build a New York City stadium, the Dodgers played seven regular season games at Roosevelt Stadium in '56, and eight regular seasons games there in '57. The offering includes ticket stubs from all seven regular season '56 games, plus an exhibition game on April 30th. The first Roosevelt Stadium game in '56 was on April 19th, against the Philadelphia Phillies, a 5-4 Dodgers win before 12,214 fans. The Dodgers played each of their National League opponents one-time in NL games in '56 at Roosevelt Stadium. The final NL game that year in Jersey City was on August 15th, against the Dodgers' archrivals, the New York Giants, a game Brooklyn lost 1-0, the only regular season game the Dodgers lost at Roosevelt Stadium in '56. Included in the complete set of '56 ticket stubs is the Dodgers' June 25th game in Jersey City against the Chicago Cubs, a game Brooklyn won 3-2. This ticket stub, measuring approx. 1.25x2.75", the size of all the offered '56-'57 stubs, has been encapsulated and PSA graded EX-MT 6. The offering also includes ticket stubs from two of the Dodgers' eight '58 games at Roosevelt Stadium: 1) A May 3rd game against the St. Louis Cardinals won by the Dodgers, 6-0. This stub has been encapsulated and PSA graded VG-EX 4; 2) A June 5th game against the Chicago Cubs that the Dodgers won, 4-0, a game in which future Hall of Fame right-hander Don Drysdale notched his 10th career win, a complete game shutout. This stub has been encapsulated and PSA graded AUTHENTIC. 3) The offering also includes ungraded '57 ticket stubs from the Dodgers' other six Roosevelt Stadium games. These non-encapsulated ticket stubs and the non-encapsulated '56 ticket stubs are in varying conditions, with some expected darkening of the stubs because of the passage of time. When O'Malley did not get to build a new Brooklyn Stadium, he moved the Dodgers to Los Angeles for the 1958 season, and the Dodgers' games in Brooklyn, and Jersey City, came to an end. The offering holds great nostalgia for the closing years of the Brooklyn Dodgers, when Roosevelt Stadium was the team's part-time home.

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