Brooklyn Nets/Reid B. Kelley
In a ceremony late Tuesday afternoon, the daughter of Jackie Robinson helped re-dedicate a flagpole that had stood atop Ebbets Field and now graces the far end of the entrance plaza at Barclays Center. It's one more reminder of how the Nets hope to link the legacies of the Nets and Dodgers, who left Brooklyn in 1957.
On hand were three people who had a particular connection: Sharon Robinson, daughter of the man who broke baseball --and professional sports'-- color line in 1947, Jerry Stackhouse, who has long worn No. 42 to honor Robinson, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, a Dodger fan when he was a kid growing up in the borough.
"This will remind people the Dodgers were once in Brooklyn and made a big difference to this community," said Sharon Robinson, who received a standing ovation later during the Nets - Knicks game.
Rich Calder of the Post, who first reported on the Nets plans for the flagpole, wrote of its journey from Ebbets Field to the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush...
The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957. Following the demolition of Ebbets Field in 1960, its center-field flagpole was donated to a VFW Post on Utica Avenue in East Flatbush.
The flagpole was installed in front of the building, which later became the Canarsie Casket Company and then a church.
The flagpole stood there for decades in relative obscurity until Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner secured it in 2007 at the suggestion of Markowitz.