Posted by MATHA531
on Sunday, October 29th 2017:
In Reply to: OMally posted by Stan Field on Wednesday, October 25th 2017:
Sorry but you don't know the whole story; you've bought in to the O'Malley's claims over the years about Robert Moses being the villain. Actually, it would have taken years to clear out the legal issues at Atlantic/Flatbush (easy to prove, look at how long it took to overcome the legal issues in building Barclay Centre). And unfortunately, Moses in this case was absolutely right. The best location for the Dodgers would have been the current location of Citi Field given the demographics and the number of people who left Brooklyn to live in Nassau County. It all goes back to 1944 when the Brooklyn Trust Company which was worried about the loans it had made to the Dodgers needed one of their employees there to watch over things. They went into the foreclosure department (showing just how concerned O'Malley was for people) and there were 2 guys who they could have chosen. One was Bill Shea of Shea Stadium fame the other was O'Malley. How history would have been different if Shea had been chosen.
But then again since 99% of the people alive today were not around in 1957, the cleansing of the O'Malley treachery has been accepted by many. Also when I look on blogs and see people trying to explain the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn with statements like nobody was going to the games even though they drew over 1,000,000 even in what we knew at the time was the lame duck year of 1957, that was considered more than adequate attendance at the time. And that was with every home game on free television which made the Dodgers the most profitable team in mlb. I will agree Ebbets Field had each the end but it certainly could have lasted another few years. And in my alternate history of the Brooklyn Dodgers, they open up their brand new stadium in Flushing in 1964, just in time for the World's Fair.
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