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TAKE ME OUT TO THE GREEN-WOOD!
Mar 29, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm| $20; $15 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and the Brooklyn Historical Society.
“BATTER UP!” The Green-Wood Historic Fund will celebrate the 2014 baseball season with a special “Opening Day in Brooklyn!” trolley tour honoring the many baseball greats that call Green-Wood “home plate.”
Join Tom Gilbert, baseball expert and member of the Society for Baseball Research and Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman for a tour of the fascinating ball-playing pioneers interred at Green-Wood including:
• Henry Chadwick, one of four men who can rightfully lay claim to the title “Father of Baseball” who dedicated his life to promoting the sport. He also invented the box score, and coined many of the phrases and terms used in the sport today, including: base hit, double play, and chin-music;
• Manhattan-born baseball phenom James Creighton, baseball’s first national star who signed with the Brooklyn Excelsiors in 1860. Creighton was also a great pitcher and the first player to develop a strategic pitch that was unpredictable and difficult to hit. He was credited with inventing the “speedball,” introducing spin and speed to the game;
• Charles Ebbets, owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers;
• The great hitter Charlie Smith, considered by many as the greatest player of the 1860’s. His monument disappeared into the ground at Green-Wood decades ago. A crew of gravediggers discovered the headstone and have restored it to its original state;
• And many others who played a role in making baseball America’s National Pastime.