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  • #31
    Color photo, just seconds after the final out of the final Giants Game at the PG. Gotta make a run for that famous CF clubhouse!!
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    "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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    • #32
      Originally posted by StanTheMan
      Color photo, just seconds after the final out of the final Giants Game at the PG. Gotta make a run for that famous CF clubhouse!!
      That's an amazing photo, STM! What a mad dash that was.

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      • #33
        A Demolition Photo from a very wide angle. You can see the centerfield clubhouse wall to the extreme right of the photo.
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        "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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        • #34
          Ok.... So Bobby Thomson is 483 feet from the plate. The first guy in the relay is about 150 feet from him... MAX. SO, this play must go 8, to 7 (assuming this is the left fielder in the photo), to 6, to 4, to 5, to 2 for a putout at the plate?

          EDIT -- JUST noticed this today... the door on the left, which leads to the Visitors clubhouse (the home clubhouse is the stairs and the door on the right side of the "notch" iirc) --- well, the door is OPEN!!!! LOL!! Nobody ever hit a batted ball that struck the clubhouse anyway, so no big deal, leave the door open! Is that a person peeking out of the door as well? The windows, with the guy in the white shirt, are the windows to the manager's office. The FOURTH window from the left is a very important window, especially if you have read Joshua Prager's book The Echoing Green.
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          "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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          • #35
            Gotta have one of "the catch." Arnold Hano's Book. A Day in The Bleachers is a great book about that day, from a fan's perspective.
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            • #36
              A view from the Box Seats in 1943. The round shape of the grandstand placed fans pretty far from home plate for an old ballpark.
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              • #37
                The final stolen base at the PG. This guy dug up home plate after the final game, a drab 9-1 loss to the Pirates. I don't think he made it out with the plate, however
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Williamsburg2599
                  That's an amazing photo, STM! What a mad dash that was.
                  I'm not sure it is of the final game though. Only 1,600 or so attended the last game. The stands look MUCH fuller than that.
                  "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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                  • #39
                    These were from a home movie, mid 50's I beleive. All I have for now I'll post more later. Probably going to put more in the Yankee Stadium Thread as well.





                    Last edited by RichardLillard1; 01-27-2007, 12:46 PM.

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                    • #40
                      I've seen these "home movie" shots before..... They are definitely of a World Series. You can tell buy the Red, White and Blue bunting hanging up around the stadium.

                      If these are the same shots, I have seen them claimed to be of a Giants Yankees WS, with Joe DiMaggio hitting a HR. But it looks like Road Gray unis in the field (at least in the 3rd slide) , and the Giants at bat. The slide after that, could be an opposing player rouding second after a homer.

                      Nice shots though. As you can see from the photos, he/she is sitting in section 33 in the lower deck. A nice indication of how the poles would have interfered with the fans view just a bit.
                      Last edited by StanTheMan; 01-27-2007, 01:29 PM.
                      "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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                      • #41
                        There is a "Polo Grounds" Replica in Manteca, CA. It was built for Senior Little League, and is big enough for adult softball to be played on it as well.

                        Imagine this as your little leage field!!! I saw an aerial shot of all the fields at this park. It included a PG, a Yankee Stadium, Wrigley - Yes, they plant IVY on the outfield wall, Tiger Stadium, Crosley Field, Sportsman's Park, Ebbets Field, etc. Must be a great place to play ball. Sure, it is a regular ballpark for the most part, with some changes to the dimensions, and a very nice outfield wall done in the style of the park it is supposed to recreate, but still one heck of a field. The PG in Monteca, CA.....

                        You can see all the parks (the Fenway and Wrigley are especially nice) at http://www.hwob.com/campbell/tournament/bld.htm and the main site at http://www.bigleaguedreams.com/index.html
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                        "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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                        • #42
                          BLD PG.jpg

                          BLD PG 2.jpg


                          2 More Photos of Replica PG built by Big League Dreams. A good photo of the Center Field Clubhouse, and a shot of the "stands" in deepest left center.
                          Last edited by StanTheMan; 01-28-2007, 12:03 PM.
                          "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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                          • #43
                            June 26, 1920 - The Babe crosses home plate after smashing his 21st homer of the season.

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                            • #44
                              Over 34,000 fans pack the Polo Grounds to watch the 6th and last game of the 1923 World Series. The Yankees defeated the Giants in their own stadium, 6 to 4, to win the series 4 to 2.

                              © Bettmann/CORBIS
                              Date Photographed: October 15, 1923
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                              • #45
                                Walter Johnson, with a backdrop of the clubhouse under construction.
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