Here are some photos from my father's collection of the grand old days of New York National League baseball at Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds (and one image of Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium). These photos, taken in the 1940s, give a little sense of what it might have been like to have been like attending games at these wonderfully intimate ballparks..
This shot was taken in Ebbets Field's centerfield bleachers, where I sat for my first game in 1952.
Looking from the centerfield bleachers towards home plate.
Probably the worst day in Brooklyn Dodger history. This is the front page of the New York Post on October 1, 1951. Bobby Thomson had hit the homer "heard 'round the world" and the Giants had completed an amazing comeback to win the NL pennant.
Looking from centerfield towards homeplate and, behind the ballpark, Coogan's Bluff in Harlem.
The left field line and the stands loaded with Giants fans. Not so many years later, the New York Mets made their debut at the Polo Grounds in April 1962.
Another view from centerfield.
A moment in time. In the stands at the Polo Grounds.
And who was attending games at these ballparks and Yankee Stadium? The youth of New York.
Finally, a bonus. A photo taken outside what was once Shibe Park in Philadelphia which had been re-named as Connie Mack Stadium.