Dewey came very close.
Dewey came very close.
Last edited by Lpeters199; 01-19-2010 at 07:33 AM.
Here is a color shot of the Rosary conference at the Polo Grounds.
Here's a shot of the New York Giants in front of the Polo Grounds in 1943. Nice look at a couple of the ads.
Nice picture ! And no low income housing projects behind the 3b/LF side yet !
Sorry, had to say it.
I wonder how the Polo Grounds would look today if they never tore it down and renovated it over the years like Fenway and Wrigley. Was it architecturally unsuitable? I just wonder because it'd be cool if the Mets had one of those stadiums like the Cubs and Sox.
But they were also Brooklyn fans, so who knows. My dad thinks Ebbets was perfect, my mom says it wasn't.
Does anyone know why is ballpark had such an odd shape?
I've seen many pics of the original concrete and steel structure seen here, as well as the wooden grandstand it replaced. I have viewed the evolution of this building and its various expansions through the years.
I would think that as far back as the late 1800s, they could have found a vacant lot for baseball that was a little less constricting.
Those foul lines seem ridiculous to have invested in constructing the concrete and steel structure seen in this pic.
Don't get me wrong, I think it was a cool park, I'm just wondering.
Last edited by RfkFedEx; 01-20-2010 at 12:33 PM.
Horace Stoneham lookalike:
Last edited by Lpeters199; 01-22-2010 at 10:08 PM.
a little more accurate about (hic!) horace...
the southern portion of the hollow (along 155th st.) was occupied by what was known as "manhattan fields" that was used for track & field and football and also occupied by the players league franchise. after demolition of the stands, this land was used as parking area for the polo grounds. the northern parcel was owned and used by the interboro rapid transit co. as a elevated train yard, you can see the it in many old photos.
the giants were constricted by the shape of the land that they leased and "built to suit".
good images (still & moving) of the "old/wood" polo grounds show up in bud greenspan's documentary film - "the glory of their times" which was based on audio recordings of players from the 1890-1916 period compiled by lawrence ritter for his book of the same title. good watching and reading!
Last edited by Paul W; 01-23-2010 at 04:08 AM.
It always blew my mind that the Giants couldn't find some way to build into the Manhattan Field area when the Polo Grounds had the dimensions it did. If it were completely hemmed in by buildings I could understand the bizarre layout, but not when there's a giant (effectively) open field directly next to it.
I should sketch out what a mid-1950s major renovation to the Polo Grounds would've looked like, with the demolition of the the entire RF stands.
Moving out of that place might have been the next best move in Yankee history.
Had the Giants effectively modernized and expanded the PG to keep up w/ OYS, things might have been different by the 50s.
Ebetts Field also looks to have been a much nicer facility in its day considering its lifespan nearly paralleled that of the PG.
Does anyone know if Giants Stadium will be imploded or torn down?
the coogan family owned the land the polo grounds sat on and stoneham did not have the means to take on additional expense to expand the building.
besides, if they somehow acquired the space along 155th st. for the ballpark, where would the parking area go??
he was stuck with declining attendance, the loss of football rental revenues and heavy maintenance of the building.
Last edited by Paul W; 01-26-2010 at 01:10 PM.
The political process (see Robert Moses) in the city put up road blocks at every turn. NYC politics is a big reason both franchises opted to move out of the city. Both franchises would have stayed if the city would have been flexible to both team's attempts to have new venues constructed.
The city was lucky they didn't lose the Yankees too......The city came pretty damn close to screwing that up also.
Last edited by TJH1923; 01-26-2010 at 02:15 PM.