The 5 Boro Bike Club had its Brooklyn and Baseball ride yesterday. Stops included the homes of Pee Wee Reese and Gil Hodges among others, Old Washington Field and other points of interest. But for a baseball fan, there was nothing more poignant that sitting on Jackie Robinson's stoop on Tilden Ave in Brooklyn. Here is an article about preservation efforts and a photo of the house. nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/drive-land…
In modern times, baseball players are paid like kings, and most live the lifestyle. Back then, they were paid decently, but not extravagantly, and lived among the people. Jackie Robinson's home on Tilden Ave is somewhat worse for wear. The paint is cracking. It needs some love. But the sense of greatness you get is still there. The man who changed baseball, and with it America used to walk up these steps.
To get here is not easy [we took bikes] but for those die hard baseball tourists it is accessible by public transportation:
Take the UTICA AV-CROWN HTS bound 4 and Get off at UTICA AV - CROWN HTS STATION
From UTICA AVE & EASTERN PKWY, Take the KINGS PLAZA via UTICA bound B46 Bus
Get off at UTICA AVE & TILDEN AVE . Walk 0.18 miles(4 minutes) East to destination.
Though the Brooklyn Dodgers are years away in the rear view mirror, they are still alive in the hearts of Brooklynites, and what happened then and there changed America for ever. Worth remembering. Worth visiting.