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  • Polo Grounds [I] (1882-1888)

    Wooden structure in 1888.

    Last edited by milladrive; 04-17-2012, 10:46 AM.

  • #2
    Lefty Bunter found a great link to a PG story on Gothamist, with pics of various PGs through the years, including this print of the first PG.

    01_Polo_Grounds_1887.jpg

    http://gothamist.com/2008/07/21/did_...Pic=20#photo-1

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    • #3
      Don't forget, the very first "World Series" was at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, in 1884 (Imagine a World Series in a baseball stadium right across from Central Park today!), against NL Champs Providence and the AA Champion New York Mets, who apparently played in the PG way before 1962 (and was also the first NYC team to win a "baseball championship")! In typical Mets fashion, they lost the Series, 3-0, starting a history of NY press about bad Mets games, lol. They did finally get their local championship parade on Oct. 27th, by the way.

      A rundown of the series from the NYT, with the first 1884 article showing the first mention of a "Series" that I can find; 1884 articles prefaced by an edited NYT article from 1912.




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      "SERIES" CHALLENGE ACCEPTED




      SERIES AT PG




      GAME 1




      GAME 2





      GAME 3, Final game, and a fiasco by any measure. Providence refused to even take the field at first, and Mets' catcher had a bad game for the ages, with 6 errors.

      Last edited by alpineinc; 03-18-2013, 08:20 AM.

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      • #4
        Some great additions, al !

        You rock!
        Put it in the books.

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        • #5




          Better color:













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          • #6
            IIRC, the photo above and below is from Opening Day, Thursday, April 29th, 1886. Giants defeated the Boston Beaneaters, 5-4. Both teams pictured.

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            Classic photo (was in the Ken Burns' Baseball doc), love the guy top left (a Beaneater?) giving the cameraman the "finger". Tough bunch.


            NY Times: "Everybody who was within hearing distance of the Polo Grounds, at One Hundred and Tenth-street and Fifth-avenue, was startled about sundown last evening by a wild shout of joy."

            pg1886.jpg

            Link to the full article in PDF format: http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive...629C94679FD7CF
            Last edited by alpineinc; 03-18-2013, 08:21 AM.

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            • #7
              This one with a date at the bottom:

              Last edited by SultanOfWhat; 03-18-2013, 11:04 AM.
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              • #8
                For #6, The player flipping the bird, is none other than HOF Hoss Radbourne(sp). Yes, he was mean old goat.

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                • #9
                  Another photo from Opening Day in 1886.

                  polo-grounds_042986_1.jpg
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                  Another photo from later in 1886.

                  32480_PoloGroundsWorldSeries1886.jpg

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                  • #10
                    Those are two fantastic, evocative baseball photos. Thanks for finding and posting them.

                    Not sure what's going on in the second one re: no catcher visible.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SultanOfWhat View Post
                      Those are two fantastic, evocative baseball photos. Thanks for finding and posting them.

                      Not sure what's going on in the second one re: no catcher visible.
                      Is the pitcher wearing a jacket (sweater in those days) as his top is a different color then anyone else in the field?

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                      • #12
                        I am wondering if anyone has pictures of the Southwest Diamond that the AA Mets used in 1883/1884

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                        • #13
                          "required two innings more than the necessary number to decide." Now that's good writing.

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