1929-1957 Ebbets Field Original Press Box Seat

Sold For: $1,440

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1712

Item Year: 1940

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare single seat, with two armrests, originating from the Ebbets Field press box. This is one of only a few examples we have seen of this particular stadium seat, and the first we have ever offered. The Ebbets Field press box was not added until 1929, which narrows the dating period to the 29-year period 1929 to 1957. Ebbets Field, which was built in 1913, was home to the Brooklyn Dodgers for forty-five seasons and played host to nine World Series and one All-Star Game. The final Dodgers game at Ebbets Field took place on September 24, 1957. As the game ended, longtime organist Gladys Gooding serenaded the sparse crowd of 6,702 fans with the strains of Auld Lang Syne. Three years later the stadium was unceremoniously demolished, an event that still brings tears to the eyes of those who bore witness to that final act of supreme sacrilege. The seat (21 x 17 x 31 inches), which appears to be all original, is brown in color and features an iron framework with wood components. Wear is commensurate with its age and former use, including numerous chips to the painted wooden components. This is rare souvenir from one of the most venerable ballparks in baseball history. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).


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