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Offered for auction is the Original and Final lease of Ebbets Field to the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1932, after years of different team names and affiliations, the Dodgers were officially born as the franchise that still exists today. This 1932 Ebbets Field Lease to the Brooklyn Dodgers is a 25 year lease which ended after the 1957 season, the Dodgers final in Brooklyn. This is the only known copy of the lease which is offered with Dodgers team financial records from 1933-39 and a copy of the 1924 Directors Meeting Minutes. This may be the most significt baseball contract in the history of New York baseball and is without doubt the most important contract a Dodgers fan could own. The importance of all these documents, especially the lease to Ebbets Field really cannot be understated. Along with the lease are team Financial Records from 1933-39 including player salaries, payments for equipment, payments to other teams, umpires, etc. Additionally, included are the minutes of the 1924 Board of directors meeting of the Ebbets McKeever Co. where Charles Ebbets is elected President of the Dodgers for the very last time. Ebbets would pass away in 1925.

Dated, December 27, 1932 the 25-Year Lease from Ebbets-McKeever Exhibition Company Incorporated (Owners of Ebbets Field) to Brooklyn National League Baseball Club Incorporated is a historically significant document that belongs in the archives of Cooperstown or the Smithsonian. The lease is signed by team owner Stephen W. McKeever. We have checked with both the Dodgers organization and the Hall of Fame, neither has a copy of this document, further supporting our findings that this is the only known copy of the lease to still exist 86 years later.

Construction on Ebbets Field began on March 4, 1912, bounded by Bedford Avenue on the east, Sullivan Place on the South, Cedar Street (renamed McKeever Place in 1932) on the west, and Montgomery Street on the north. The cornerstone, a piece of Connecticut granite that held newspapers, pictures of baseball players, cards, telegrams, and almanacs was laid on July 6, 1912. However, on August 29, 1912, as the construction deadline drew near it was obvious that the ballpark was not even close to being finished. Ebbets, desperate for his stadium to be built did the only thing he could to push the construction project forward… He sold 50% of the shares in the team to Stephen W. and Edward J. McKeever, who owned the most successful construction contracting company in Brooklyn. The McKeevers were able to speed along the construction and by early 1913, Ebbets Field was complete. Little did Ebbets know that the stadium bearing his name would become hallowed ground where some of baseball's greatest moments took place.

On April 15 1947 Ebbets Field became the site for the most famous and progressive event in American sporting history. It was on this date and in this stadium Jackie Robinson became the first black baseball player to play in the Major League, this event was watched by a crowd of 26,623 baseball fans and was not only a major turning point in American sports, but also one of the early steps in the Civil Rights movement. The Dodgers won the game and with Robinson’s help, the club’s fortunes began to change and the Brooklyn Dodgers once again became a successful and winning team. Do not miss this opportunity to own the original and final lease of Ebbets Field to the Brooklyn Dodgers... This very well may be the most important Brooklyn Dodgers item to ever come to market. Authentication by James Spence Authentication (JSA)

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Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,368.75
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Sunday, November 11, 2018.
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