Ebbets Field Lives — In Westport

Craig “Doc” Davidson is too young to have seen Ebbets Field.  The Brooklyn Dodgers abandoned their famed stadium in 1957, when he was 5.

So the 1970 Staples grad — and avid baseball fan — did the best thing he could:  He painted a mural of it inside the fence surrounding his Compo Beach home.

Of course, calling this a “mural” is like saying Barry Bonds bulked up a bit late in his career.  Doc checked with the Hall of Fame to ensure historical accuracy — from the scoreboard showing a 1955 World Series game against the Yankees (that’s why the stadium’s full) to the Abe Stark right-centerfield ad (“hit sign, win suit”).

Doc acknowledges two anomalies:  Batter Duke Snider was actually a lefty.  (Doc had him bat righty so mural viewers would not see his back).  And Hilda Chester, the Bums’ famed cowbell-banging fan, sat in the bleachers.  (Doc put her in the grandstand because he did not paint bleacher faces.)

The current mural is actually Doc’s 2nd.  The 1st rotted away.  He had a little help from his friends — Howard Munce painted the dugout — but this work of art is truly a Doc Davidson original.

Is it on par with the Sistine Chapel?  Of course not.

It’s better.

Doc Davidson stands in front of his mural.  Yes, those are all individual fans.

Doc Davidson stands in front of his mural (that's his grill in the lower right corner). Yes, those are all individual fans.

Play ball!  Here's the Ebbets Field infield -- with Jackie Robinson stealing 3rd base.

Play ball! Here's the Ebbets Field infield -- with Jackie Robinson stealing 3rd base.

Center and right field.  Note the Abe Stark "hit sign, win suit" ad.

Center and right field. The Abe Stark ad is below the Schaefer scoreboard.

3 responses to “Ebbets Field Lives — In Westport

  1. Linda Gramatky Smith

    Howard Munce’s touch of the guys in the dugout is wonderful, but the entire mural is fantastic! Great job.

  2. That is truly some fantastic art work. I am totally envious

  3. monkees ~ not just for people any more

    itza HIT ! make that a GRAND SLAM !! should be in the HALL of FAME !!!