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.