This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.

Even though they’ve been gone since 1957, it’s hard to get more Brooklyn than the Brooklyn Dodgers. Take a little trip into history with us to find out how the Dodgers began, what they did when they were here, and how we lost them.

Starting out as the less snazzily named Brooklyn Grays in 1883, the team was founded by real estate mogul and baseball fan Charles Byrne, Their first home was Washington Park on 5th Avenue in Park Slope. After winning the American Association league championship in 1889, they moved to the National League and promptly won that championship as well, the only team to win back-to-back in both leagues. Their success only grew as they took on players from teams that had folded.