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Guide to the Brooklyn Dodgers photographs V1987.001

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Patricia Glowinski

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 28, 2011
English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: United Press International.
Title: Brooklyn Dodgers photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1949-1956
Quantity: 0.02 Linear feet five items housed in one folder.
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by Accession 61
Call Phrase: V1987.001
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Historical note

The Brooklyn Dodgers were a baseball team based in Brooklyn and founded in 1883. Between 1883 and 1931, the team that would become the Brooklyn Dodgers went through numerous monikers including the Bridegrooms, the Superbas, the Robins, and the Trolley Dodgers--purportedly coined for Brooklynites ability to dodge the dangerous streetcars in Brooklyn. In 1913, the team moved to a new home field, Ebbets Field, and the next year hired Manager Wilbert Robinson (hence the name the Brooklyn Robins) who would become the winningest manager in the teams' history. After 18 years at the helm, Robinson retired as manager in 1931. The following year, in 1932, the team officially became the Brooklyn Dodgers and remained so until the end of 1957 season, when the team was moved to Los Angeles.

Throughout the teams' history, under various names, the team won the National League Pennant nine times between 1916 to 1957. The Brooklyn Dodgers also made history by being the first team to sign a black player into the modern major leagues--Jackie Robinson. Originally signed to the Dodgers minor league team, the Montreal Royals, in October of 1945, Robinson was brought up to the majors in 1947, where he subsequently earned the Rookie of the Year award that same year. Although the team played in the World Series nine times, they won the World Series only once in 1955. Regardless, the teams' fans were nearly as renowned at the team itself, known for their antics and loyalty. In 1958, the Brooklyn Dodgers became the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ebbets Field was demolished in 1960.


  1. Weinstein, Stephen. "Brooklyn Dodgers." In The Encyclopedia of New York City, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson, 155-156. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press; New York: New-York Historical Society, 1995.
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers. "Timeline." Accessed July 28, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

The Brooklyn Dodgers photographs consist of five black-and-white photographic prints dating from 1949 to 1956. The photographs are attributed to the news agency United Press International (UPI). Included are two photographs of Jackie Robinson--one of Robinson sitting alone in the dugout and the other capturing Robinson stealing home against catcher Yogi Berra during the opening game of the 1955 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees. The collection also includes a photographic portrait of pitcher Hank Casey; a team photograph of the Dodgers in front of Borough Hall in Brooklyn after winning the National League pennant in 1949; and a photograph of Dodgers' fans waiting on line to buy tickets for the World Series after the Dodgers won the National League pennant in 1956.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Casey, Hugh Thomas, 1913-1951
  • Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Photographs

Subject Organizations

  • Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team).

Subject Topics

  • African American baseball players
  • Baseball fans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Baseball players -- United States
  • Baseball teams -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Baseball -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction rights for the photographs have not been evaluated. For information on securing rights to publish or reproduce, please see the Brooklyn Historical Society Reproduction Rights Policy.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Brooklyn Dodgers photographs, V1987.001, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Historical Society hold numerous materials in the library, archives, and photography collection relating to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Please consult library staff for more information.

Other Finding Aids

Item level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library. Please consult library staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harry Klaff, 1986.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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