How much do you know about Charles Ebbets, the man behind Brooklyn's beloved Dodgers? Join us for a talk with author John Zinn to help celebrate the beginning of baseball season!
Much has been written about the legendary players and managers of baseball's Deadball Era (1901-1919). Far less attention has been given to the club owners, like Charles Ebbets. In 1898, after a 15 year apprenticeship, he became president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, taking over a chronic second division team in poor financial condition. Over the next 25 years, he organized four pennant-winning clubs and developed one of the most profitable franchises in the game--while building two state-of-the-art ballparks in Brooklyn. Ebbets was also an effective steward of the national pastime, working tirelessly on innovations that would help all teams, not just his own. Despite his success, his personal weaknesses ultimately undermined much of what he had so painstakingly built. Charles Ebbets: The Man Behind the Dodgers and Brooklyns Beloved Ballpark is the winner of a Ron Gabriel Award from the Society for American Baseball Research, and a finalist for the Larry Ritter Book Award.
Reception starting at 6:30pm. Discussion will begin promptly at 7pm.