[QUOTE=Lpeters199;1367871]Schoolboy Rowe did indeed reach the bleachers in batting practice in 1933. This is verification from his teammate, Charlie Gehringer.
The bleacher arrangement was different before 1923, but Babe Ruth reached the centerfield bleachers on June 13 and June 14, 1921 in a series against Detroit. Distances estimated at 480' and 490' by Jenkinson. The 433' fence you hear tell of before 1923 was actually to deep right-center, not center.
Adcock, Aaron and Brock did it in modern times in actual games. Yes, that's Lou Brock. Don't ask me how. I have no idea!
This had to be the longest or one of the longest Brock ever hit, not a long ball hitter. At best in the area of 430+ feet.
Art of a moment frozen.
I am a newbie to this site... but a passion for The Polo Grounds has 'boiled in my blood' for 48 of my 55 years since my beloved, late Pops took me to NY Titan games in 1960, and the beloved Mets-Follies of '62-'63; I still have the Titan-program and a popcorn-cup/megaphone in mint-condition... perhaps I will scan some of that later but I DO have some items I have NEVER seen on ANY site; These are of the demolition of the PG and have been scanned & 'Photoshop-enhanced' from crumbling, 44-year-old copies containing articles/pics from The NY Post, NY Times and Daily News from early 1964 as Shea was 'looming in reality'... right thru the time the PG-Towers complex was completed. My Dad had been a die-hard NY-Giant fan... and this wonderful PG-thread makes me remember how lucky I was to have had him take me there... Time for me to share all these clippings he'd saved for me... as a piece of HIS boyhood was being dismantled, much in the way I'm feeling:applaud:, now with Shea! Enjoy!
Enjoy these as well!
Collect them all!
Unbelievable find ! Puts to rest a few urban legends !:
1) That the Polo Grounds was falling apart.
2) That nobody cared about the PG like they did Ebbets Field
3) that the fans in 1964 had the same feelings for the old vs new ballparks just like we do in 2008.
If you could post your stuff under the Brooklyn Dodgers/NY Giants forums, it could help the Jints fans in their arguments over there.
Three bucks a seat.... Holy S.
600 seats to yonkers raceway?
passed by there a million times, never knew...
i'd guess that those would have been used in the stands between the clubhouse and the thruway?
look like plastic ones have been there a while...
while in ny for shea's last weekend i had a chance to visit the polo grounds site with the legendary bill "the baker", heard frequently on wfan.
here he is at shea's last game also...
I have visited this site many times and I love this thread about my favorite old ballpark, the Polo Grounds. Although I never saw her when she was still standing, I did manage to pass by the site a couple of years ago while visiting New York as a touring musician. We came down through the Bronx on Jerome Avenue, past Yankee Stadium and crossed over the river where I got a clear view of Coogan's Bluff. My heart almost skipped a beat!
Did you ever wonder what it would have been like to sit in her stands along about twilight on April 9, 1964...the night before demolition began? Would the old girl creak and moan and would all the old ghosts be taking a last run out of the dugout, around the bases, out through centerfield and up the clubhouse steps? Could you hear the voices of Russ Hodges, Ernie Harwell, Gordon McClendon, Red Barber and the echo of the sharp crack of Thomson's bat? I've often wondered what her last night was like when she was still intact. You've got to think that the proud old Polo Grounds would not go willingly under the wrecker's ball. Just a thought.....
Keep up the good posts!
Considering the year, the film quality is pretty good.
One thing to note. That #5 for the Yanks who doubles (and is almost out at second) is NOT Joe D. Frank Crossetti wore #5 for the Yanks in '36. Dimaggio was #9
Fastastic find --- a great video. I found myself repeating the part about half-way through, when the camera pans above home plate, above the roof, and you can see three buildings atop the Bluff.
We've gone round and round before about the exact path of the Brush Staircase in many threads without much luck iirc.
"Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."