History of the Brooklyn Dodgers

The Brooklyn Dodgers were an American baseball team the New York district of Brooklyn. The Dodgers were in 1884-1889 and the American Association from 1890 to 1957 in the National League and contributed their home games from 1913 in Ebbets Field from. Despite nine World Series appearances 1916-1956, they won only one championship. 1955 beat the Dodgers their city rivals, the New York Yankees, but previously could defeat in five playoff series the Dodgers. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, they play under the name Los Angeles Dodgers.


The Dodgers and their stadium Ebbets Field are still an integral part of the American sports mythology. There are various factors that lead to the accumulation of events in the years 1955-57. Seven defeats without a victory in the World Series, of which 1941-1953 alone five times in succession against the New York Yankees, arch-rivals from the Bronx. Baseball at the time was a New York sports and championships rather city championship, already called by the New York subway Subway Series, which represented the three clubs Yankees, Dodgers and Giants among themselves. In addition, the defeat in the National League final in 1951 against the Giants, in which Bobby Thomson, the game turned with the legendary " shot heard 'round the world" at the last minute against the hapless Ralph Branca.

1955 succeeded no longer considered possible: In a heartbeat final seven games, the Dodgers brought with 4:3 the first championship to Brooklyn. Disillusionment and the conclusion of the perfectly choreographed drama followed in the following years. Manager Walter O'Malley for some time already negotiated with city leaders about the construction of a new stadium. When they did not want to give in, the Dodgers were sold to Los Angeles in 1957. Is this now an almost everyday occurrence in North American professional sports, he lost for many Americans at this moment his innocence. In the same year the New York Giants following the rivals to the West Coast and became the San Francisco Giants. The Giants forgave you this, they were not the first, they had not committed the original sin, not the Dodgers. On April 18, 1958, the two teams played in front of 80,000 spectators their first game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Racial integration

1945 directed the manager of the Dodgers, Branch Rickey, a racial integration in baseball sport. Previously, there was an agreement between the owners of the major league teams to undertake any black players. This was also strictly enforced by the Commissioner of Baseball, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, until it died in 1944. His successor, Commissioner Happy Chandler, Rickey allowed, however, contrary to the agreement to take a black player under contract. On August 28, 1945 committed Rickey Jackie Robinson and let him play for a minor league team of the Dodgers in Montreal, Canada first. After a very successful season in Canada in 1947, Robinson the first black player who ran aground on a major league team. In the following years more and more blacks found their way into the majors, the agreement of the owners was finally broken.

  • Baseball Team (Major League Baseball )
  • Sports Club (New York City )
  • Founded in 1884