Washington Park Dedicated
Brooklyn Eagle, October 5, 1923
By Squire Ebbets and the
Superbas as Public Field
For probably the last time in history, the crack of a bat as a big league player meets the horsehide
echoed yesterday over the site of historic Washington Park, where 40 years ago major league baseball
first gained a foothold in the boro. Back on the old grounds, the Brooklyn Superbas defeated the
Milford Red Sox 13 to 2 in a seven-inning exhibition game, the proceeds of which are to go to a fund
for the proposed park, playground, stadium, and memorial to be erected there. The spectacle of seeing
the Superbas play sand lot baseball brought out a crowd of 12,000 spectators who thronged the wooden
stands and overrunning the field, made ground rules necessary.
Besides the main attraction, the customary speeches, band playing and flag-raising played a
prominent part in the ceremony. C. Holliday Ebbets, president of the Brooklyn Club, rose to the
occasion in eloquent style and made an appropriate address expressing his approval of converting
the old ball field, which is also part of the historic field of the battle of Long Island, into a
After his speech, with the band playing the "Star-Spangled Banner," the Squire of Flatbush raised
a large American flag, which he presented on behalf of the team, to the Memorial Committee. Other
speakers on the program were William J. Dilthey, the chairman of the Public Forum of Brooklyn
Heights and architect of the proposed stadium, and Alderman Finn of the 12th Assembly District.
Jack Fournier, Moe Berg, Tommy Griffith
Fournier photo: SDN-065497, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical
Not Much of a Game.
As a ball game the exhibition was not much. It was merely a slugging carnival for the big leaguers
from the start. They literally won as they pleased since they pounded the delivery of Fusco to
all corners of the field, while Paul Schrelber and Nelson Greene, the most recent acquisitions of the
Superbas from the Richmond Club of the Virginia League, held the regular sand lot aggregation in
Only Bert Griffith failed to register at least one safe hit, but Bert batted left-handed most of
the time. Moe Berg, the ex-Pricetonian, with two slashing doubles and a single in four times up,
did most of the execution but his teammates were not far behind. That the ground rules seriously
hampered the big leaguers is shown by the fact that ten out of the Superbas' 14 hits went into the
crowd and therefore were limited to two and three base drives.
The big leaguers started their scoring in the opening frame when with one down, High beat out
an infield hit and went to second when Fournier was hit by a pitched ball. Tommy Griffith sent
High across the plate with the first run with his single to left. In the second, Mullen went to
first on an error by Rietz, Berg singled to center and Mullen took third and Berg second on the
throw in. Schreiber then hit to Jennings, who threw home too late to catch Mullen.
Andy High, Bert Griffith, C. Holliday Ebbets
Bert Griffith Steps Out.
Bernie Neis' single drove Berg across the plate and Andes' error on High's grounder filled the
sacks. Rietz fumbled Bert Griffith's grounder and Schreiber scored and Nels crossed the pan a
moment later while Fournier went out. Bert Griffith brought the rally to and end by
absent-mindedly walking off third base and being tagged out.
The Superbas continued their fusillade of hitting in the next inning and drove out six lusty
bingles which accounted for five runs and put the game on ice. The sole earned run for the Milford
aggregation came in their half of the third when Andes hit the ball into the crowd in leftfield
for three bases and scored on a sacrifice fly. The Red Sox tallied again in the fifth.
Nelson Greene made his first appearance in a Brooklyn uniform in the last four innings of the
contest and while, of course, he will have to overcome sturdier opposition that he encountered
yesterday, the blond southpaw from Virginia made a decided hit with the spectators in the manner
in which he turned the sand-lotters back.
Just An Exhibition.
AB. R. H. PO. A. E.
Neis, c f...........5 2 2 2 0 0
High, 2b............5 2 2 1 3 0
B. Griffith, l f....4 0 0 0 0 0
Fournier, 1b........3 1 2 11 1 0
T. Griffith, r f....4 0 2 0 1 0
Hargreaves, c.......3 1 2 6 0 0
Mullen, 3b..........4 2 1 0 2 0
Berg, s s...........4 3 3 1 3 0
Schreiber, p........2 2 1 0 0 0
Greene, p...........2 0 1 0 1 0
-- -- -- -- -- --
Totals ............36 13 16 21 11 0
MILFORD RED SOX.
AB. R. H. PO. A. E.
Duffy, c............2 0 0 2 0 0
Clarke, l f.........3 0 0 1 0 0
Rietz, s s..........3 0 1 3 3 2
Carter, r f.........3 0 0 1 1 0
Jennings, 2b........3 0 0 1 3 1
Dede, c f...........3 1 2 0 0 0
Kehoe, 1b...........3 0 0 9 0 0
Andes, 3b...........2 1 1 1 0 2
Fusco, p............1 0 0 0 2 0
Dwyer, p............0 0 0 0 0 0
-- -- -- -- -- --
Totals ............23 2 4 18 9 5
Milford Red Sox...0 0 1 0 1 0 0-- 2
Brooklyn..........1 4 5 0 2 1 ..--13
Errors- Rietz, 2; Jennings, Andres, 2.
Two-base hits- Berg, 2; Neis, Fournier, 2; Hargreaves, Dede, 2;
High, T. Griffith, Greene.
Three-base hits- Andes, Mullen.
First base on errors- Brooklyn, 5.
Stolen bases- Hargreaves, Berg.
Double plays- Fournier and High, Carter and Jennings.
Bases on Balls- Off Schreiber, 1.
Struck out- By Schreiber, 2; by Fusco, 2; by Greene, 4.
Hit by pitchers- By Fusco (Fournier).
Hits- Off Fusco, 14; off Schreiber, 1; off Dwyer, 2;
off Greene, 3.
Umpires- Klem and Wilson.
Time of Game- 1 hour 40 minutes.
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