Last edited by alpineinc; 03-19-2012 at 09:23 PM.
This is home now - Citi Field, capacity 41,800 - and every seat in this ballpark seemingly filled, some standees as well, anticipating a piece of history as delivered by Mike Pelfrey, the 25-year-old from Wichita, Kansas. Into a windup, his first pitch in the history of Citi Field, a fastball for a called strike to Jody Gerut. Gerut off to a .214 start with no homers and one RBI. - Howie Rose calls the very first pitch thrown at Citi Field, April 13, 2009
Now, that is one GREAT shot! I don't know who found this LIFE magazine resource, but there is some amazing stuff for the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium coming from it.
I'm wondering if TIME has an online resource dedicated to the New York teams because of the new stadiums, so we will likely never see anything about the other teams out there?
I would be curious as to what many of these publishing companies have in their vaults though. Much of it locked away from the public. So sad.
In any case, this definitely shows what other publishing companies are capable of presenting to us; masses of unseen photos, buried deep in their archives.
Makes me wonder what the New York Times, Post and other local papers have stashed away.
Luke joins in, with Joe Adcock, Lou Brock and Hank Aaron homer into centerfield bleachers. Supposedly, although I have never found any proof, pitcher Schoolboy Rowe hit one in there in batting practice.
Bob Seeds hit a IPH that landed alongside the steps to the clubhouse, left or right and he may have reached the bleachers.
A bit off on the feet no where near 490 but still a good poke, those corner bleachers left and right changed over the yearS, home plate was moved more than a couple of times, they ranged from around 420+ to 430+.
Last edited by Lpeters199; 12-01-2008 at 06:45 PM.
Rowe was a big poweful guy, much bigger than the average player in that time period.
[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!
Great stuff! Last photo is particularly sad.
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.