27 Facts About Polo Grounds


Polo Grounds was the name of three stadiums in Upper Manhattan, New York City, used mainly for professional baseball and American football from 1880 through 1963.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,378

The original Polo Grounds, opened in 1876 and demolished in 1889, was built for the sport of polo.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,379

In baseball, the original Polo Grounds was home to the New York Metropolitans from 1880 through 1885, and the New York Giants from 1883 through 1888.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,380

The Polo Grounds was the home field of the New York Yankees from 1913 through 1922 and the expansion New York Mets in their first two seasons.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,381

The Polo Grounds was demolished over a period of four months that year and a public housing complex, known as the Polo Grounds Towers, was built on the site.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,382

Original Polo Grounds stood at 110th Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue, directly across 110th Street from the northeast corner of Central Park.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,383

An early highlight of Giants' play at the Polo Grounds was Roger Connor's home run over the right-field wall and into 112th Street; Connor eventually held the record for career home runs that Babe Ruth would break July 8,1921.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,384

Original Polo Grounds was used not only for Polo and professional baseball, but often for college baseball and football as well – even by teams outside New York.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,385

Polo Grounds III was the stadium that made the name nationally famous.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,386

However, the Polo Grounds became better suited for football due to the new seating placement.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,387

Polo Grounds was the site of one of the most iconic moments in baseball history - the historic "Shot Heard 'Round the World" walk-off home run on October 3,1951 that decided the hard-fought National League pennant playoff series between the Giants and their cross-town rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,388

Polo Grounds remains the only player to die from an injury sustained in a Major League Baseball game.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,389

Polo Grounds' end was somewhat anticlimactic, especially compared to other "Jewel Box" parks.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,390

Polo Grounds was forced to lay off the stadium's maintenance staff in order to stay afloat.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,391

Frustrated with the Polo Grounds being obsolete and dilapidated, and with no maintenance staff or any prospect of their being renovated, Stoneham seriously considered having the Giants become tenants of the Yankees in the Bronx, or moving to a proposed stadium that would have been owned by the city.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,392

Various incarnations of the Polo Grounds were well-suited for football, and hundreds of football games were played there over the years.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,393

Polo Grounds were used for many games by New York-area college football teams such as Fordham and Army.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,394

Polo Grounds held its fair share of international soccer matches as well over the years.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,395

In domestic league soccer, the Polo Grounds was the home to the New York Nationals of the American Soccer League in 1928.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,396

On September 14,1947, the Polo Grounds hosted the final of the All-Ireland Senior Gaelic Football championship between Cavan and Kerry.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,397

In what turned out to be the last major boxing match at the Polo Grounds, Patterson became the first heavyweight boxer to regain the championship over the Swedish-born Johansson, who almost one year to the day took the crown from Patterson at Yankee Stadium.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,398

One of the oddest features at the Polo Grounds were the deep dimensions in straight away center field.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,399

The ground rules of the Polo Grounds were set up so that if a ball went through an open window in the clubhouse, it was a ground rule double, rather than a home run.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,400

Polo Grounds then stopped and turned around, as the crowd stood and acknowledged the departure of Franklin D Roosevelt, who was in attendance that day.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,401

Babe Ruth hit many of his early signature blasts at the Polo Grounds, reaching the center field seats on several occasions.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,402

Polo Grounds hit several centerfield home runs at other ballparks which exceeded 500 feet.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,403

Light poles from the Polo Grounds remain in use at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Arizona State University's baseball field in Phoenix, Arizona, built in 1964.

FactSnippet No. 1,846,404