The Ghosts of Flatbush (the Brooklyn Dodgers)

I was watching the Ghosts of Flatbush on HBO last night. This is a documentry on HBO about the Brooklyn Dodgers. The show left me with marvelous feeling of respect about a generation in the 40’s and 50’s that really had there act together. My father grew up in Brooklyn on Ocean Avenue and he was a big fan of Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robisnon and Don Drysdale to name a few. He loved to talk about them when I was growing up. During these days a team was really a team. The core players were together for more than 10 years and the entire city supported them for better or worse. What was so amazing about the Dodgers to me is that the owner was an amazing Entreprenuer and visionary. He took chances such as signing Jackie Robinson as the first Black major league ball player and associating the team with a brewing company. (Schaefer beer) I know baseball was about money back then too, but not nearly as much as today, with the huge TV contracts and players changing teams within a few years for the almighty $$. The old footage from the Dodgers had then playing to capacity crouds and more smiles than you could imagine. Where have all those times gone. I want my kids to be able to experience them all over again. I hope history one day repeats itself.

My Very Best,

Randy Cohen
Baseball Fan