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JUNE 28 (1911) - Polo*
By Bill Grimes
Jun 28, 2007 - 8:51 PM

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Polo Grounds take II

 

NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK , JUNE 28, 1911 A new Polo Grounds opened for business on this date in 1911. The “previous” Polo Grounds was severely damaged by fire two and a half months earlier.

 

The Polo Grounds was one of the most unusual stadiums in a sport known for unusual venues.
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It was described as horseshoe shaped, some say it looked like a bathtub. To put a baseball diamond in such a structure meant the left and right field foul lines were extremely short, less than 280 feet, while center field was a country mile – more than 480 ft. Another unusual trait was that the left field upper deck extended more than 20 feet over the lower deck, which meant an outfielder could be waiting for the ball to drop in his glove, only for it land in the upper deck for a home run.

 

So why were the Polo Grounds called “The Polo Grounds”? For the reason you’d expect, the original of four structures to occupy the site actually was for polo.  

 

Here are the major league baseball teams that called the Polo Grounds home:

  • Giants               1883-1957       moved the San Francisco in 1958
  • Metropolitans   1883-1885        member of American Association, dissolved in 1887
  • Yankees           1912-1922        moved the Yankee Stadium in 1923
  • Mets                 1962-1963        moved to Shea Stadium in 1964

The Polo Grounds was also home to a couple National Football League teams; the New York Giants and New York Bulldogs. It also housed the New York Titans (now the Jets) of the American Football League (now the NFL).

 

Read on:

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/P/Polo_Grounds.stm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polo_Grounds

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Metropolitans



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