Crews begin demolishing Ebbets Field, home to 7 no-hitters, 56 years ago today

Carl Erskine threw Ebbets Field no-nos in '52 and '56
Carl Erskine threw Ebbets Field no-nos in ’52 and ’56
Crews began demolishing Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, home to seven no-hitters, 56 years ago today.

Five of those no-hitters were thrown by Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers, and the other two were thrown by opponents. The one thrown by Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer completed his second consecutive no-no, a seemingly unbreakable major league record.

Carl Erskine is the only one to throw two no-nos at Ebbets, in 1952 and 1956.

A “dignified, quiet” wake on Feb. 23, 1960, drew just 200 fans to the ballpark, as guest of honor Roy Campanella was presented with his No. 39 jersey and a locker.

“The long funeral started today and it will take 10 months for the internment to be completed,” noted the AP.

Here are the no-hitters thrown at Ebbets Field:

1 Charles "Dazzy" Vance
  Brooklyn Robins (NL)
  Sunday, September 13, 1925 (First game of doubleheader)
Brooklyn Robins 10, Philadelphia Phillies 1
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
2 Paul Dean
  St. Louis Cardinals (NL)
  Friday, September 21, 1934 (Second game of doubleheader)
St. Louis Cardinals 3, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(Dean breaks the longest no-hitter drought in Major League baseball history in terms of game days at 535, a record that stands today.)
3 Johnny Vander Meer
  Cincinnati Reds (NL)
  Wednesday, June 15, 1938
Cincinnati Reds 6, Brooklyn Dodgers 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(His second of two no-hitters; with no hitter above against Boston, Vander Meer is the only pitcher to have thrown no-hitters in consecutive starts.)
4 Ed Head
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, April 23, 1946
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Boston Braves 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
5 Carl Erskine
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Thursday, June 19, 1952
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Chicago Cubs 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(His first of two no-hitters)
6 Carl Erskine
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Saturday, May 12, 1956
Brooklyn Dodgers 3, New York Giants 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)
(His second of two no-hitters)
7 Sal Maglie
  Brooklyn Dodgers (NL)
  Tuesday, September 25, 1956
Brooklyn Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 0
Ebbets Field (Brooklyn)

Note that Fred Frankhouse also threw 7 2/3 innings of a no-hitter at Ebbets in 1937 before rain ended the contest and gave the Dodgers a 5-0 win over the Reds.