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Coordinates: 40°40′10″N 73°54′9″W / 40.66944°N 73.9025°W / 40.66944; -73.9025

Eastern Park

Eastern Park was a baseball park in Brooklyn, New York in the 1890s. It was bounded by Eastern Parkway (later renamed Pitkin Avenue), Van Sinderen Street, Sutter Avenue and Powell Street.

It was originally the home of the Brooklyn Ward's Wonders of the Players' League in 1890.[1] Some sources say that it is here that the nickname "Trolley Dodgers", later shortened to "Dodgers", first arose, due to the need for fans to cross various trolley lines to reach the ballpark. After the one-year Players' League experiment, the park became the part-time home of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1891 and then full-time during 1892-1897, between their stints at the two versions of Washington Park.

Eastern Park was considered difficult to reach, and although the team survived there for seven seasons, the venture there was a failure. When Charlie Ebbets acquired the Dodgers, he moved the team back, to the second version of Washington Park, which was both closer to the city center and offered a lower rent.

The park also hosted numerous college and amateur football games during its heyday, notably the Princeton-Yale game of 1890.

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Preceded by
Washington Park
Home of the Brooklyn Dodgers 
1891 – 1897
Succeeded by
Washington Park

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