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    Hey all,

    I don't know if a thread for the old NY Highlanders/Yankees ballpark exists, but I thought I would start one. Actually, I was hoping people could add some of their own, because I'm looking for some clear shots of the right field wall, preferably from the year 1910. But either way, anything is valid!!

    It's too bad that there's not a hell of a lot of information out there on this beaut, as I think it's terribly interesting to have Hilltop Park and the Polo Grounds almost back-to-back on the upper part of the island. That, and it's been witness to many interesting moments, many of which involved Ty Cobb. Here's one in particular you've all probably seen:



    Here are some examples, some of which have various players throughout:

    Opening Day, 1908





    1910



    1911



    1912

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  • #2
    Why don't they rebuild the rightfield wall to look like it did a hundred years ago, then landmark it.

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    • #3
      Hilltop Park was 165th and Broadway, the Polo Grounds 155th and Eighth Avenue: that's not exactly back to back. And it would be a little hard to rebuild the Hilltop RF wall: it would be in the middle of Presbyterian Hospital.

      Here's a page of Hilltop photos from Mark Okkonen's Baseball Memories 1900-1909
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      • #4
        Originally posted by metfan13 View Post
        Why don't they rebuild the rightfield wall to look like it did a hundred years ago, then landmark it.
        I grew up in this neighborhood and currently live there. A gigantic hospital stands where the stadium use to be, there's a home plate plaque in a small park that cuts through some of the hospital buildings. The hospital however is currently connected to the Yankees, there is a giant banner that states "the official hospital of the yankees" (or something like that).

        I'll try to take pictures
        Last edited by NYBase; 09-30-2008, 08:38 PM.
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        • #5
          For whatever it may be worth, the apartment building directly behind the ballplayer in this photo...



          ...is still there today. (If memory serves me right there's a "Starbucks" on street level. )
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          • #6
            NYBase - do you know the restaurant 'Malecon'? It's a Dominican spot on 175th and Broadway. The best place in the universe as far as I'm concerned...

            Anywho, though not back-to-back, it just seems amazing to me how close the two were to each other. Granted, the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium had similar proximity, as did the Baker Bowl and Shibe. It's amazing to think how much baseball has changed since then...
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            • #7
              Well, isn't it also ironic that both New York clubs' new ballparks are being built next to the facilities they're replacing?
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              • #8
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                • #9
                  According to Google's Distance calculator it's about .5 miles or so.
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                  • #10
                    From 1910
                    ENLARGE


                    1912
                    ENLARGE

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Philmore View Post

                      Anywho, though not back-to-back, it just seems amazing to me how close the two were to each other. Granted, the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium had similar proximity, as did the Baker Bowl and Shibe. It's amazing to think how much baseball has changed since then...
                      While one was not replacing the other, I was surprised to learn how close Fenway Park was to the old Braves Field site. It's roughly only a mile or so. I somehow thought Braves Field was on the other side of town.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Philmore View Post
                        NYBase - do you know the restaurant 'Malecon'? It's a Dominican spot on 175th and Broadway. The best place in the universe as far as I'm concerned...

                        Anywho, though not back-to-back, it just seems amazing to me how close the two were to each other. Granted, the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium had similar proximity, as did the Baker Bowl and Shibe. It's amazing to think how much baseball has changed since then...
                        Yessss, I'm there quite a lot. Some of the best Dominican food you can get outside my mom's house. However, prices have double in the past 5-6 years
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PeteU View Post
                          While one was not replacing the other, I was surprised to learn how close Fenway Park was to the old Braves Field site. It's roughly only a mile or so. I somehow thought Braves Field was on the other side of town.
                          Fairly close.

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                          • #14
                            That satellite pic gave me an idea, this is what the current site looks like.
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                            • #15
                              I've been having a bit of a fascination with this park lately. Does anyone have any aerial or concourse shots? I think both would be very interesting to see.

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