The Glory Days

New York Baseball, 1947-1957

June 27 - December 31, 2007

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Eleven seasons when New Yorkers lived and experienced baseball in their town in a way never to be repeated again.

The decade between 1947 and 1957 was the golden age of baseball in New York City. With three major league teams—the Yankees, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the New York Giants—at least one of whom played in the World Series every year except 1948; two National League teams in an intense rivalry each season; and seven landmark subway series, New York was the undisputed baseball capital of the nation. But more than that, New Yorkers lived and experienced baseball in their town in a way never to be repeated again.

The Glory Days: New York Baseball, 1947-1957, explores how and why New York City came to dominate the sport, how this changed by 1957, and how the events of these eleven seasons shaped today’s game. In addition, the exhibition uses baseball as a lens through which city life in the post-war years is examined, and contextualizes baseball’s dominance in the history of the city. Great moments and great players, the passion of New York’s fans, and famous, vanished ballparks are all explored through the greatest assemblage of baseball memorabilia ever exhibited—including photographs, film footage, ephemera, uniforms, sports equipment, trophies, and a broad array of treasured baseball collectibles.

Frank Bauman for LOOK Magazine, "Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers," 1949. Museum of the City of New York, X2011.4.11814.47


The Glory Days: New York Baseball, 1947-1957 is made possible with a lead grant from the Homeland Foundation.

Additional major support is provided by:

  • Sandy and Larry Simon
  • HarperCollins
  • Jeffrey Miller and Mary Reilly
  • James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller
  • Paul Singer
  • The Bank of New York
  • James A. MacDonald Foundation
  • a gift in honor of Phil Rizzuto, #10 of the New York Yankees—the oldest living Hall of Famer
  • Stephen Wong in honor of Andrew and Catherine Wong.

Additional support from Gardner Russo & Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Newton P.S. Merrill, Ivy Asset Management Corp., KeySpan, New York Mets, The Alan and Laraine Fischer Family Foundation, Endicott Partners, The Sloan Family Foundation, The Bernard and Toby Nussbaum Foundation, Execu|Search Group, Tim and Patricia Schantz and Family, and an anonymous donor is gratefully acknowledged.

WPIX TV - CW11 is the official local media partner of The Glory Days.

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