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Best of the Ballparks: Ebbets Field

Ebbets Field

By a narrow six-vote margin, fans selected Ebbets Field, former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, over the Polo Grounds as their favorite former Major League Baseball ballpark in our Best of the Ballparks competition.

Ebbets Field

Really, the two finalists were among the most popular in the entire Best of the Ballparks voting, which attracted over 90,000 individuals. Ebbets Field, which opened April 9, 1913, was home to Dem Bums, as generations of Brooklyn Dodgers fans had their hopes raised and hearts broken at one of the most intimate ballparks in all of baseball. It was also one of the most influential in terms of design, as plenty of newer ballparks pay homage with a grand rotunda designed to mimic the one at Ebbets Field or, in the case of Citi Field and Tropicana Field, designed directly from the original Ebbets Field blueprints:

Ebbets Field rotunda blueprint

Ebbets Field

We started with a list of 32 former MLB ballparks featuring facilities of recent vintage, as well as notable ballparks of the past. It is not a definitive list of former MLB ballparks. We don’t go back to the turn of the century and include ballparks like the Cincinnati Reds’ Palace of the Fans, nor do we include temporary facilities like Colt Stadium, Wrigley Field (LA) or Seals Stadium. (We did make one exception: we included Sick’s Seattle Stadium if only for the extreme nostalgia exhibited by Seattle Pilots fans. They decided not to vote.) Not every one of these ballparks is a classic, and some generate some pretty extreme feelings on both the best/worst sides of the equation. Most are gone, though some (Astrodome, Braves Field, Jack Murphy Stadium, LA Coliseum, RFK Stadium) live on in one form or another. All in all, more than 71,000 folks voted in the MiLB part of the polling; another 20,000 participated in the MLB edition of the Best of the Ballparks.

We began with these former ballparks. This is in alphabetical order. The brackets above were randomized; they are not the results of seedings on our part.

Arlington Stadium (Texas Rangers)
Astrodome (Houston Astros)
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta Braves)
Braves Field (Boston Braves)
Candlestick Park (San Francisco Giants)
Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland Indians)
County Stadium (Milwaukee Braves/Milwaukee Brewers)
Comiskey Park (Chicago White Sox)
Crosley Field (Cincinnati Reds)
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn Dodgers)
Forbes Field (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Griffith Stadium (Washington Senators)
Jack Murphy Stadium (San Diego Padres)
Jarry Park (Montreal Expos)
Kingdome (Seattle Mariners)
LA Coliseum (Los Angeles Dodgers)
League Park (Cleveland Indians)
Memorial Stadium (Baltimore Orioles)
Metrodome (Minnesota Twins)
Metropolitan Stadium (Minnesota Twins)
Municipal Stadium (Kansas City Athletics/Kansas City Royals)
Polo Grounds (New York Giants/New York Mets)
RFK Stadium (Washington Senators/Washington Nationals)
Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati Reds)
Shea Stadium (New York Mets)
Sick’s Seattle Stadium (Seattle Pilots)
Shibe Park (Philadelphia Athletics/Philadelphia Phillies)
Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis Browns/St. Louis Cardinals)
Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Tiger Stadium (Detroit Tigers)
Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia Phillies)
Yankee Stadium (1927 original)

Results are listed by percentage of votes cast. This was not a seeded competition: the ballparks were randomly inserted into their brackets and placed by automated software.

Former MLB ballparks

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