1956 Topps Pee Wee Reese Card - Ebbets Field Painting
This 1956 Topps Pee Wee Reese card has a surprise on the back - an original painting of Ebbets Field. Artist Michael Koser typically leaves a little bit of the original card visible through the painting, so you will notice "Harold Henry Reese" and "shortstop Brooklyn Dodgers" visible in the sky. This item is 1 of 1.
Brooklyn Dodger Hall of Famer Pee Wee Reese, was an 10X All-Star, 2X World Series Champion. He played for the Dodgers his entire career! He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. Reese was one of the only players to welcome Jackie Robinson when Robinson joined the team in 1947.
"His most important action on a baseball field may have been prior to a game. In 1947, the Dodgers were visiting Cincinnati, and fans and opposing players were jeering rookie Jackie Robinson. Reports of the game state that Reese calmly walked over to Robinson, put his arm around his teammate’s shoulder, and chatted. The gesture is remembered as an important moment in both Robinson’s career and the acceptance of African Americans in baseball – and American society." - Baseball Hall of Fame
The Brooklyn Dodgers played at Ebbets Field from 1913-1957. With the exception of possibly Yankee Stadium, there may not have been another ballpark in baseball history that was more iconic and loved.
"Sometimes, sitting in the park with my boys, I imagine myself back at Ebbets Field, a young girl once more in the presence of my father, watching the players of my youth on the grass fields below - Jackie Robinson, Duke snider, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges. There is magic in these moments, for when I open my eyes and see my sons in the place where my father once sat, I feel an invisible bond among our three generations, an anchor of loyalty and love linking my sons to the grandfather whose face they have never seen but whose person they have come to know through this most timeless of sports." - Doris Kearns Goodwin "Wait 'Til Next Year"
"We Wept. Brooklyn was a lovely place to hit. If you got a ball in the air, you had a chance to get it out. When they tore down Ebbets Field, they tore down a little piece of me." - Duke Snider
Card has corner wear and is ungraded.