The Polo Grounds, located
in Harlem, NY, just under Coogan's Bluff and across the
river from Yankee Stadium. It was the home of the NY Giants,
the NY Yankees (until 1922 when they moved to Yankee
Stadium), and the New York Mets during 1962-1963. The
clubhouses were located in centerfield and, at the end of
the game, the players had to run to centerfield and up a
flight of stairs to get to the clubhouses, often fighting
off fans who were allowed on the field after the final out.
This was the site of the infamous "Shot Heard Round The
World," Bobby Thomson's homerun on October 3, 1951, to give
the Giants the pennant after they had trailed the Brooklyn
Dodgers by 13 games in August.
"Polo Grounds Matinee" by
Andy Jurinko, ©Bill Goff, Inc.