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Charles Ebbets

For the photographer, see Charles Clyde Ebbets.
Charles Ebbets
File:Charles H. Ebbets Sr., owner of Brooklyn Dodgers, circa 1915.jpg
Charles H. Ebbets Sr., circa 1915
Born (1859-10-29)October 29, 1859
New York City, New York
Died April 18, 1925(1925-04-18) (aged 65)
New York City, New York
Occupation architect, Owner of Brooklyn Dodgers

Charles Hercules Ebbets, Sr. (October 29, 1859–April 18, 1925) was an American sports executive who owned the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1902 to 1925.


Ebbets was born in New York City and was a draftsman and architect who designed numerous New York City buildings. He served on the Brooklyn City Council for four years; and was a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly (Kings Co., 12th D.) in 1896.

Ebbets started with the Dodgers as a bookkeeper in 1883 and became a shareholder in 1890. He took an active role in marketing the sport to families and took over team operations in 1898. He also managed the Dodgers that year and the team finished tenth.

Ned Hanlon, the owner and manager of the Baltimore Orioles, bought some of the remaining stock in the Dodgers after the 1898 season and took the best Baltimore players to the Brooklyn team. The Dodgers won pennants in both 1899 and 1900. In 1905, Hanlon wanted to move the team to Baltimore, but Ebbets bought out his shares.

Ebbets is credited with inventing the concept of the rain check and of proposing a player draft favoring teams which finished low in the standings.

He financed the building of Ebbets Field in 1912 by selling half his shares in the team to the McKeever Brothers.

Ebbets died of heart failure at age 65 in New York City and is interred in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.


  • 1883 Bookkeeper
  • 1898 President and manager
  • 1899 Won pennant
  • 1900 Won pennant
  • 1912 Ebbets Field built
  • 1916 Won pennant
  • 1920 Won pennant


  • Biographical Dictionary of American Sports, Greenwood Press (1987).

External links

Green-Wood Cemetery Burial Search

Preceded by
Charlie Byrne
President of the Brooklyn Dodgers
Succeeded by
Ed McKeever