Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Polo Grounds and More at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Upper Manhattan

The Morris-Jumel Mansion is the only remaining Colonial residence in New York City.  I found out about an exhibition called  Home Plate: A Celebration of the Polo Grounds.  We took a long subway trip to upper Manhattan and discovered there was more than the Polo Grounds displayed.  Please keep in mind that at one time or another the baseball Giants, football Giants, Yankees, Mets, and Titans (football) played there.  Many famous boxing matches were held there as well.

We had the pleasure of meeting super sports fan Neil Scherer who gave us a detailed tour of the exhibit. There were photos of Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gerhig among others. He certainly knows much about New York sports history.  Below are some of the photos that I took.

Drawing of the Polo Grounds

Russ Hodges famous call after the Bobby Thompson Home Run in 1951

The World Champion 1986 Mets

We left the museum and walked a few blocks downtown to the site of the Polo Grounds where we saw the John Brush Stairway which is one of two structure remaining after the stadium was demolished in 1964

I highly recommend all baseball fans visit before the exhibition closes on January 5.

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