In her day, Hilda Chester
attended nearly as many Brooklyn Dodger games as the Dodgers themselves. She would take her favorite seat in Ebbets Field
to support her favorites, razz the opposition, and lead the fans
in snake dances through the Ebbets Field
aisles. The stentorian bleacherite acquired
her trademark brass cowbell from the Dodger players in the late 1930s. It replaced
the frying pan which she banged with an iron ladle after her doctor forbade her to
yell following a heart attack.
The plump, gray-haired Chester once influenced a
game. She gave centerfielder Pete Reiser a note for manager Leo Durocher (a favorite
of hers after he visited her in the hospital after her second heart attack), and
Durocher mistakenly thought the message was from team president Larry McPhail. It
said "Get Casey hot. Wyatt's losing it." In the eighth inning, soon after Durocher
got the note, pitcher Whit Wyatt gave up a hit. Despite having pitched a good game
up to that point, Wyatt was relieved by Hugh Casey, who just barely saved the game.