Polo Grounds Historical Analysis

The Polo Grounds in New York had more than its fair share of variations. Here is a comprehensive breakdown of each of the five different ballparks where Major League play once took place.

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Polo Grounds (I)

Major League Occupants

Data

New York Gothams
[National League]

First Game

05-01-1883

Last Game

10-13-1888

New York Mets
[American Association]

First Game

07-17-1884

Last Game

10-01-1885

Polo Grounds (I)

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Data

Fences

None

Field Surface

Grass

Highest Attendance

20,709

05-31-1886

Location

North Central Park.

5th-6th Avenue.

110th-112th Street.

Status

Seized by city for
street construction.

Polo Grounds (I)

Polo Grounds (II)

Major League Occupant(s)

Data
National League New York Giants

First Game

07-08-1889

Last Game

09-13-1890

Polo Grounds (II)

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Data

Fences

None

Field Surface

Grass

Highest Attendance

14,364

08-31-1889

Location

South Coogan's Hollow.

155th-157th Street.

Status

Moved to Player's League
park on other side due
to increased size.

Polo Grounds (II)

Polo Grounds (III)

Polo Grounds in 1911

Major League Occupant(s)

Data
National League New York Giants

First Game

04-22-1891

Last Game

04-13-1911

Polo Grounds (III)

Polo Grounds in 1910

Ballpark Capacity

Data

Capacity
( Yearly Attendance )

1891-1911

16,000

Polo Grounds (III)

Polo Grounds in 1903

Ballpark Dimensions

Data

Left Field

04-19-1890

335'

07-01-1890

277'

Center Field

1890-1908

500'

1909-1911

433'

Right Field

04-19-1890

335'

07-01-1890

258'

Polo Grounds (III)

Polo Grounds in 1905

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Data

Field Surface

Grass

Highest Attendance

38,805

06-11-1904

Polo Grounds (III)

Polo Grounds (IV)

Polo Grounds in 1913

Major League Occupant(s)

Data

First Game

06-28-1911

Last Game

09-29-1957

American League New York Yankees

First Game

04-17-1913

Last Game

10-08-1922

National League New York Mets

First Game

04-13-1962

Last Game

09-18-1963

Polo Grounds (IV)

Polo Grounds in 1913

Ballpark Capacity

Data

1911

16,000

1917

39,000

1919

38,000

1923

43,000

1926

55,000

1930

56,000

1937

51,856

1940

56,000

1947

54,500

1953

56,000

Polo Grounds (IV)

Polo Grounds in 1937

Ballpark Dimensions

Data

Left Field

1911

277'

1921

286.67'

1923

279.67'

1930

279'

1943

280'

1955

279'

Center Field

1911

433'

1923

483'

1927

484.75'

1930

505'

1931

430'

1934

480'

1938

430'

1940

505'

1943

490'

1944

505'

1945

448'

1946

490'

1947

484'

1949

505'

1952

483'

1953

480'

1954

483'

1955

480'

1962

475'

1963

483'

Right Field

1921

256.25'

1923

257.67'

1931

257.5'

1942

257.67'

1943

259'

1944

257.67'

Polo Grounds (IV)

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Data

Field Surface

Grass

Highest Attendance

64,417

09-13-1936

Polo Grounds (IV)



The Polo Grounds on the southeast diamond (Version I) was the first ballpark to ever attract a crowd of more than 20,000, the first ballpark ever to host a doubleheader where each team was from a diffferent league and the home of the first American Association versus National League "World Series" in 1884.

The Polo Grounds (Version III) was destroyed by a enormous fire that lasted two full days April 14 through 15, 1911, and when it was over, only rubble was left.

Four sluggers have put a ball over the center field wall in the Polo Grounds (Version IV). Those sluggers are Luke Easter of the Negro Leagues in 1948; Joe Adcock on April 29, 1953; Lou Brock on June 17, 1962; and Hank Aaron on June 18, 1962.

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