The First and Last Games at the Polo Groundses

By Stew Thornley

This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.

Examining the life span of a baseball stadium by profiling its first and last games is an interesting exercise—even more interesting when it becomes a number of different stadiums. This is the case with the Polo Groundses, four or five—depending on how one counts them—samely-named stadiums. Taking a look at ten different games over an 80-year span tells more than just the hits and errors in a particular game; it traces the history of baseball in America’s largest city. Examining the life span of a baseball stadium by profiling its . . .

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