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

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

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)

National League New York Giants
First Game
07-08-1889
Last Game
09-13-1890

Polo Grounds (II)

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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)

National League New York Giants
First Game
04-22-1891
Last Game
04-13-1911

Polo Grounds (III)

Polo Grounds in 1910

Ballpark Capacity

Capacity
( Yearly Attendance )
1891-1911
16,000

Polo Grounds (III)

Polo Grounds in 1903

Ballpark Dimensions

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

Field Surface
Grass
Highest Attendance
38,805
06-11-1904
Polo Grounds (III)

Polo Grounds (IV)

Polo Grounds in 1913

Major League Occupant(s)

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

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

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

Field Surface
Grass
Highest Attendance
64,417
09-13-1936
Polo Grounds (IV)
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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