Brooklyn Dodger fans once threatened secession over a World Series parade

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This was almost the site of the second American Civil War

As you may have gleaned from our Twitter account (follow us!), we took a trip to Barclays earlier this week. Very space age, the food is better than at any arena we’ve ever been to. But it was troubling to see that half of the paying crowd was made up of Heat fans. That kind of thing made sense when the Nets belonged to New Jersey, but where’s your team’s home court advantage Brooklyn? Making the crowd look even less supportive of their hometown squad is this telegram shared by CBS by way of Baseball Prospectus (subscription required) in which the president was told in no uncertain terms to come celebrate the Dodgers making it to the World Series, or else.

This note was sent to FDR by a very, VERY excited Dodger fan after the Bums made their first World Series in over twenty years. As a long suffering Mets fan, I can sympathize with this lunatic.


To be fair, it’s not like anything else was going on in the world in 1941, so it’s a good question as to why FDR didn’t make the trip up here.

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