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A Great Day in Harlem

GP Polo Grounds

On August 10, 2000, Stephanie and I trekked to Eighth Avenue and 157th Street to pay our respects to the Polo Grounds. The plaque [1], at the fourth of the four Polo Grounds Houses, marks the approximate location of home plate and notes that in addition to the Giants [2] and some American League team whose name escapes me, the ballpark was home to the New York Mets in 1962 and 1963.

Weird part about this trip was Vic Ziegel in the Daily News wrote an outstanding column that ran that very morning about the one remnant of the PG that still exists as it did in the days of McGraw: the rickety John T. Brush staircase [3]. I didn’t read it until we were already on our way there, but I knew we had chosen the right day.