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Photo Challenge #275

You’ve got 2 choices as you turn from Compo Beach Road into the main entrance. (We’re talking about the pre-, and hopefully post-, coronavirus days.)

You can look right, into the entrance drive between the basketball courts and playground.

Or you can look left.

Most people are intent on getting into the beach. But the view to the left is of Craig “Doc” Davidson’s house.

It’s a handsome old beach house — recently flood-raised — on the corner of Bradley Street.

And there — on the chimney — is the anchor that was the subject of last week’s Photo Challenge. (Click here to see.)

Some Westporters thought it was at Ned Dimes Marina. But Pat Saviano, Lyne Kiedaisch, Diane Silfen, Lynn Untermeyer Miller, Brian Duchan, Jonathan McClure and Mary Ann Batsell all knew it belongs solely to Doc.

Who is he?

Doc is a 1970 Staples High School graduate. He’s a realtor. And a documentary filmmaker. (His nickname came long before that career.)

In addition to his wonderful chimney, Doc owns the most interesting fence in Westport.

The inner side — visible only to Doc and his guests — is a fantastic, faithful mural rendering of Ebbets Field. You can read about it (and see it) here.

Doc is a huge baseball fan. One of his films is about the great Satchel Paige. Click here for that story.

Now that you know everything about the chimney, the house, and the man who lives there, it’s time to play ball.

With this week’s Photo Challenge. If you know where in Westport you’d see this, click “Comments” below.

(Photo/Dick Lowenstein)

 

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.