“Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush” is an HBO documentary that traces the Dodgers’ final decade in Brooklyn, from Jackie Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier to the team’s 1955 World Series win. The film reveals how the Dodgers, symbolizing the diverse working-class, grappled with a deteriorating Ebbets Field and declining ticket sales as fans moved to the suburbs.
The documentary also tackles the team’s contentious 1958 move to Los Angeles, initiated by an irresistible offer to owner Walter O’Malley. With New York power broker Robert Moses blocking plans for a new Brooklyn stadium near the Long Island Railroad, O’Malley takes the Dodgers—and convinces the rival Giants—to go West, marking the end of an era and leaving behind the ghosts of Flatbush.
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