Daily News from New York, New York on April 26, 1987 · 41
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Daily News from New York, New York · 41

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I - v .... j52J5llSf7 mMJL By SALVATORE ARENA Daily News Staff Writer It's a quaint notion, really. Bringing professional baseball back to Brooklyn. Quaint Starry-eyed. Nostalgic. Impossible? Improbable perhaps, but not impossible. Never impossible. The idea still excites too many Brooklynites to be dismissed forever. Thirty years after the Dodgers last played at Ebbets Field and despite unyielding opposition from the New York Mets there are people in Brooklyn working right now to make the dream come true. Baseball once was a profitable industry in Brooklyn. You could look it up. Dodger owner Walter O'Malley took his team west not because he was losing money, but because he wanted to make more, faster. Of course, the borough was a big-league town then. Now, the talk is of a triple-A minor-league franchise playing in a 17,000-seat stadium near the Coney Island boardwalk. Right next door would be a 15,000-seat indoor arena for intercollegiate and high school athletics, concerts and other entertainment The total price tag is $58.6 million, a lot of money for Brooklyn. Pie in the sky? Don't tell that to Tom Barto-siewicz, the state senator from Greenpoint who has made the issue a personal crusade. What's at stake? Let Bartosiewicz put the matter in perspective. "A team for Brooklyn," he says, "would literally rewrite one of history's great wrongs. The time has come to do it." Six years ago, Bartosiewicz introduced a bill for setting up a sports authority to build something called Ebbets Dome. The proposal got ink and TV time but died in committee. "Somebody called it a Don Quixote adventure," he remembers. Today, Bartosiewicz still tilts at windmills, but he does it in formation with people like Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden and the borough's business leaders the Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Union Gas Co. and New York Telephone. See B'KLYN Page 8 (Si r GAPPY, WHAT pip SAY WOULD LET A ISAM mania i z$f$ 7 i ; , j JUL f WEIL MO Y WOT I fx Her. I STILL HBHtPAD THAT'S MOT VWSM'T 70(2. THE MBit ( C (

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