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Lot # 1405 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1957 Ticket Stub from the Last Brooklyn Dodgers Game at Ebbets Field!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840

While Brooklyn Dodgers fans were always a resilient group, forever buoyed by the familiar refrain of "wait 'til next year," nothing could have prepared them at the start of the 1957 season for what just a few short years earlier would have been the unthinkable: the Dodgers leaving Brooklyn. Yet, that is just what happened when, on October 8, 1957, team owner Walter O'Malley announced he was moving the Dodgers to Los Angeles. Rumors had been swirling the entire summer of such a possibility, but most fans chose to bury their heads in the sand and ignore such blasphemous talk. Perhaps that's the only way to explain why, on September 24, 1957, only 6,702 fans attended Brooklyn's final home game of the season at Ebbets Field. It is also possible that some fans just could not bear to say goodbye to their beloved "bums" and the venerable old stadium they called home. The significance of the final out was obviously not lost on longtime organist Gladys Gooding, who serenaded the fans with the tune Auld Lang Syne as they exited the ball park for the very last time. Offered here is a rare ticket stub to that historic last game at Ebbets Field, which represents the last tangible souvenir ever issued by the ball club. Our consignor's grandfather personally attended the game! The ticket (2.5 x 1.25 inches), which is for a "Lower Stand" seat, remains in outstanding Excellent condition. This is only the fourth ticket from the final game at Ebbets Field we have ever offered. It is an extraordinary rarity of great historical significance, and a true "holy grail" for Brooklyn Dodgers collectors. SOLD FOR $840

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