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Polo Grounds from the Chronology
Jan 31, 2001 - A story in The Wall Street Journal quotes three former members of the 1951 NY Giants as admitting that they stole catchers' signs at the Polo Grounds to help the club overtake the Dodgers and win the pennant. Except for Sal Yvars all the participants will deny using the system during the 3-game playoff with the Dodgers.
Apr 17, 1964 - Before 48736 fans the Pirates defeat the Mets 4-3 in the first game played at Shea Stadium. Bob Friend is the winner over Cuban righty Ed Bauta. Friend was also the winning pitcher in the last game ever played at the Polo Grounds before the Giants moved west.
Apr 10, 1964 - Demolition begins on the Polo Grounds to clear the way for a housing project.
Oct 12, 1963 - In the first (and last) Hispanic American major league all-star game the NL team beats the AL 5-2 at the Polo Grounds. The game features such names as Minnie Minoso Tony Oliva Roberto Clemente Orlando Cepeda Julian Javier Felipe Alou Luis Aparicio and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power receives a pregame award as the number-one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal strikes out 6 in 4 innings though reliever Al McBean is the winner. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drives in 2 against loser Pedro Ramos.
Sep 18, 1963 - The last ML game at the Polo Grounds draws 1752 fans to see Philadelphia beat New York 5-1. Jim Hickman hits the final New York HR in the historic park and Chris Short beats Craig Anderson.
Sep 2, 1963 - In game 2 of a twinbill at the Polo Grounds Pete Rose hits the first pitch of the game from Jay Hook for a leadoff homer. It's the only score as the Reds win 1-0. It is the first time in 29 years that a leadoff homer is the only score in a game. Jim Maloney strikes out 13 Mets in the win. The Mets win the opener 5-3.
Jul 28, 1963 - The Mets' 8-2 loss at Houston is their 22nd straight away from the Polo Grounds and matches the ML record by the 1890 Pirates.
May 12, 1963 - At the Polo Grounds the Mets win a see saw battle with the Reds 12-11 in the nitecap of a doubleheader. The Reds battle back from a 5-0 deficit in the 3rd to tie the game at 6 apiece in top of the 5th. The Mets score 5 runs to go ahead 11-6 but Cincy plates 6 runs in the 6th to go ahead 12-11. The Mets score twice in the 8th to win. In the opener the Reds win 3-0 on a 3-run inside-the-park homer run by Leo Cardenas. The scoring comes off Galen Cisco and makes Bob Purkey a winner.
Aug 24, 1962 - Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds before a game. An emergency intravenous injection of adrenaline saves his life.
Aug 4, 1962 - After a double header loss to the Mets 9-1 and 3-2 in 13 innings at the Polo Grounds Reds manager Fred Hutchinson stays in the dugout instead of joining his players in the club house. He then calls the clubhouse and tells the players to be out of there in 15 minutes. They do. Hutch has tickets for Zero Mostel's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" but doesn't use them.
Jun 18, 1962 - Hank Aaron of the Braves reaches the left-CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds with a long drive the 2nd player to find the CF bleachers in 2 days and only the 3rd ever. The Braves win 7-1 over the Mets.
Jun 17, 1962 - Lou Brock of the Cubs hits a HR into the right-CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds 460-470 feet from home plate in the first game of a Chicago doubleheader sweep 8-7 and 4-3. He is the 2nd player to reach those bleacher seats; Joe Adcock was the first. In the nitecap the Cubs win on Santo's HR in the 9th.
Apr 28, 1962 - Consecutive HRs by Frank Thomas Charlie Neal and Gil Hodges in the 6th inning are among a club-record 5 hit by the Mets against Philadelphia. The Mets win 8-6 at the Polo Grounds. For Thomas it is the fifth time in 8 years he has combined with teammates for three consecutive HRs.
Sep 29, 1957 - With 1895 manager Jack Doyle among the 11606 looking on the Giants lose their last game at the Polo Grounds 9-1. Pirate P Bob Friend defeats Johnny Antonelli. Bucs rookie Johnny Powers hits a HR in the top of the 9th the last homer and RBI at the Polo Grounds.
Aug 28, 1957 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants top the Braves 12-6 with an 8-run 3rd inning. The loss leaves the Braves 7 games in front of the Dodgers who take 2nd place ahead of the Musial-less Cards.
Aug 11, 1957 - At the Polo Grounds, the Giants and Phils trade shutouts. New York takes the opener, 5-0, behind Curt Barclay's 3-hitter. Danny O’Connell hits a three-run homer off Harvey Haddix, and Willie Mays bangs two triples. Willie has 15 so far and will top the 20 mark this year in doubles, triples and homers, just the 4th player in history to accomplish that. George Brett will join the list in 1979, the last 20th century player to do so. In second game, Mays has two of the three hits off Jack Sanford, who stops the Giants, 2-0.
Apr 22, 1957 - At the Polo Grounds Willie Mays has a 3-run homer and Ruben Gomez has his 2nd CG win as the Giants beat the Pirates 3-1. Hank Foiles has a 425-ft triple and a 258-ft homer which hits the RF foul pole.
Jul 26, 1956 - The Braves win their 9th straight at the Polo Grounds defeating the Giants 11-0 and increasing their NL leads to 5 1/2 games. Elongated righty Gene Conley is the winner. Aaron and Thomson hit homers the 8th straight game the Braves have had 2 or more homers.
Sep 29, 1954 - In Game 1 of the WS Willie Mays of the Giants makes one of the greatest catches in history when he races back to deep CF in the Polo Grounds to make an over-the-head catch of Indian Vic Wertz's 462-foot drive in the 8th with the score tied at 2-2. Wertz drove in the 2 runs in the first with a triple the first of his 4 hits. But in the 10th Dusty Rhodes hits a pinch-hit 3-run 260-foot HR off Bob Lemon to give the Giants a 5-2 victory. With Mays in the Giants lineup and Avila in Cleveland's it marks just the 3rd time that the league batting champs have faced each other in the WS.
Jul 28, 1954 - Giants OF Dusty Rhodes hits 3 consecutive HRs at the Polo Grounds to back Johnny Antonelli's 10-0 whipping of St. Louis. It is Antonelli's 10th consecutive win. Willie Mays smacks his 36th HR a 447 foot clout to LF.
May 28, 1954 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants whip the Dodgers 17-6 with a 6-HR barrage. Four of the HRs come in the 8th as Davey Williams Alvin Dark Monte Irvin and Billy Gardner connect off Ben Wade. Whitey Lockman in the 1st and Willie Mays in the 2nd account for the other two. Brooklyn scores a run in the 6th when Giants P Marv Grissom balks home Rube Walker from 3B. Catcher Ray Katt is at fault having called a time out when Grissom is in his windup.
Apr 30, 1953 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants Sal Maglie stops the Braves 1-0 as Bobby Thomson's 9th inning 280-foot homer off Vern Bickford is the only score. Thomson's clout hits the screen on the LF foul pole.
Apr 29, 1953 - Joe Adcock becomes the first ML player to homer into the CF bleacher seats in the Polo Grounds over 475 feet away. His homer in the 3rd with Pafko on comes off a Jim Hearn fast ball. Luke Easter in a 1948 Negro League game and Schoolboy Rowe in batting practice before a 1933 exhibition game also accomplished the feat. Lou Brock and Hank Aaron will match it is as well in 1962. The Braves win the game 3-2 on a 9th-inning knuckler by Hoyt Wilhelm that eludes Sal Yvars for a wild pitch. Billy Bruton's perfect throw cuts down Monte Irvin for the final out. After the game manager Charlie Grimm buys Adcock's homer for $25 from the fan who caught it.
Sep 28, 1952 - The Phils Robin Roberts wins his 28th game the most in the league since 1935 a 7-4 win before 5933 at the Polo Grounds. It is Roberts' 30th complete game. Roberts is backed by homers from Willie Jones and Swish Nicholson while the Giants Hank Thompson goes deep.
Aug 6, 1952 - The last-place Pirates jolt the pennant hopes of the Giants by sweeping a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds 7-0 and 10-8. The 2 wins match the Corsairs longest win streak of the year and knocks the Giants to 6 1`/2 games in back of the Dodgers. Murry Dickson a loser to the Giants yesterday is brilliant in relief in the lidlifter coming in for La Palme in the 3rd inning with the bases loaded and no outs. He blanks the giants on 3 hits. The Pirates race to a 10-1 lead in game 2 then watch the Giants score 7 runs in the 6th inning. The game is then called on account of darkness.
Jun 18, 1952 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants Jim Hearn beats Pirates for the 10th straight time winning 5-2. His record against Pitt is 15-2. Hank Thompson hits an IPHR that hits the top of the RF bull pen wall 450 feet away and caroms towards CF. Bobby Thomson hits his 4th HR in 3 days.
May 14, 1952 - Despite 8 interruptions by Reds manager Sewell asking the umps to examine the ball Sal Maglie records his 6th straight win 6-3 at the Polo Grounds. After the last play stoppage an angry Maglie heaves the ball over the umps head but manager Durocher calms the sizzling Sal down. Bobby Thomson starts the scoring with a triple and a steal of home in the 1st.
Apr 20, 1952 - Sal Maglie allows two hits and the Giants top the Dodgers 6-0. The shutout is the first by a visiting pitcher at Ebbets since 1949. The Brooks last shutout anywhere was on June 26 1951 when Maglie beat them at the Polo Grounds. Davey Williams and Hank Thompson belt homers for New York.
Oct 6, 1951 - Back at the Polo Grounds the Giants win 6-2 as Whitey Lockman homers with 2 on in the 5th. The Giants score 5 in the inning after Eddie Stanky kicks the ball out of Phil Rizzuto's glove on a tag play at 2B.
Oct 1, 1951 - In the NL's first best-of-three play-off since 1946 Ralph Branca of the Dodgers loses to Jim Hearn and the Giants 3-1. Branca serves up HRs to Bobby Thomson and Monte Irvin. It is the first game ever to be broadcast live coast-to-coast. With both the Dodgers and Giants tied 96-58 at the end of regulation Brooklyn wins the coin toss and elects to play the first game of the playoffs at home. The next 2 games will be played at the Polo Grounds.
Sep 3, 1951 - In a Labor Day doubleheader at the Polo Grounds the Phils Robin Roberts stops New York 6-3 in the opener. The Giants blow a 3-0 1st inning lead when homers by Ashburn and Swish Nicholson bring the Phils back. Dave Koslo salvages a 2nd game winning 3-1 over Niles Jordan. Willie Mays makes another rookie error in the 2nd. After an apparent inside-the-park HR Phils 3B Tommy Brown appeals and Mays is called out for failing to touch 3B. He is credited with a double.
Sep 2, 1951 - Don Mueller hits 2 more HRs giving him 5 in 2 days to tie an ML mark. His 2nd homer again off Phil Haugstad comes a minute after he learns he is a new father. Bobby Thomson adds his 25th homer and Jim Hearn beats the Dodgers 11-2. After Mueller's 2nd homer Haugstad decks Thomson and hits Mays with a pitch evoking a warning from Al Barlick. Barlick had earlier thumbed Branca and Dick Williams in the 5th inning Newcombe in the 6th when he objected to a call and Jackie Robinson and rookie Clem Labine. Dressen then clears his bench to avoid any more thumbings. The Giants move to 5 games behind Brooklyn. The Dodgers are suspicious of the losses at the Polo Grounds and later there are revelations about signs being flashed to Giant batters from the CF scoreboard. Did it happen? Sal Yvars later said "yes" while Mueller remarked "as for my home runs and the sign stealing this has been much talked about and I would prefer not to comment." On the Dodgers side Buzzie Bavasi denied it occurred but Clyde Walker concluded "it did happen."
Aug 28, 1951 - At the Polo Grounds the Pirates Howie Pollet (5-14) shuts out the Giants 2-0 on 6 hits-3 by Thomson-to end New York's 16-game winning streak best in the NL since 1935. Errors in the 8th by Stanky and Mueller do in Sheldon Jones.
Aug 26, 1951 - At the Polo Grounds Chuck "The Rifleman" Connors clubs his 2nd and last ML homer a three-run shot off Sal Maglie in the 9th to give the visiting Cubs a temporary 4-4 tie. Wes Westrum then answers with his 2nd homer of the game off reliever Walt Dubiel and New York wins 5-4. New York takes the nitecap 5-1 to run their victory streak to 14 games. Jim Hearn tops Cal McLish. Mays electrifies the crowd in the 6th by singling advancing on a balk and a short fly and stealing home. The Giants trail by six games.
Aug 24, 1951 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants tie the Cards in the 9th on 3 singles and with the bases loaded Bobby Thomson scores the winner on a fielder's choice play at the plate. New York wins 6-5 its 12th in a row and 4th in a row in coming from behind.
Aug 22, 1951 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants win their 11th straight again coming from behind to top the Reds 4-3. Irvin homers in the 2nd off Ewell Blackwell but it is Whitey Lockman's double in the 8th that wins it for reliever Sheldon Jones.
Aug 14, 1951 - In a night game at the Polo Grounds-the last of 14 night games this year-the Giants righty George Spencer beats the Dodgers 4-2. Erv Palica takes the loss as the Giants jump on him early. Al Dark doubles and comes home on Don Mueller's homer. An out later Whitey Lockman homers and Palica doesn't make the 2nd inning. The Dodgers score in the 8th on successive homers by Cox and Snider.
Aug 12, 1951 - The Giants (59-51) start the day 13 games behind first place Brooklyn (70-36). On Wes Westrum Day at the Polo Grounds Sal Maglie wins the first game against the Phillies 3-2 and rookie Al Corwin takes the 2nd game 2-1. Eddie Stanky returns to the lineup after a week's absence and has 5 walks in the 2 games while leading off. The sweep launches a 16-game win streak and a spurt of 39 wins in 47 games.
Jul 6, 1951 - At the Polo Grounds the Braves smack 2 HRs (Willard Marshall and Walker Cooper) in the top of the 3rd only to have the Giants answer with 3 HRs-by Westrum Thomson and Mueller-in the bottom of the inning. The Giants outslug the Braves for the game 12-10.
Jun 26, 1951 - Fresh from a doubleheader loss on the 24th at Forbes Field the Dodgers get further bad news at the Polo Grounds. Sal Maglie shuts out Brooklyn on three hits and Preacher Roe takes his first loss after ten wins. Eddie Stanky and Whitey Lockman hit homers.
May 6, 1951 - The Reds and Giants split a pair at the Polo Grounds with the Reds taking the opener 4-3 in 10 innings. Reds 2B Connie Ryan nabs Whitey Lockman in the 10th with the hidden ball trick the 2nd time in 2 years that he's pulled it off against New York. The Giants take the nitecap 8-5 behind Dave Koslo's 1st win of the year.
May 2, 1951 - Before 4976 at the Polo Grounds the Giants score 6 runs in the 7th to defeat the Cubs 8-1. George Spencer who won the final game of the 1950 season makes his 1951 debut a successful one allowing six hits. Johnny Schmitz takes the loss for Chicago. Ray Noble has two ribbies for New York. Noble is playing for Wes Westrum who broke his finger yesterday when he was hit by a foul tip.
May 1, 1951 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants collect 5 hits-3 by Alvin Dark-to beat the Cubs 5-3. Dark's big hit is a grand slam in the 6th. He also starts a nifty DP in the 7th when with 2 on and no out Terwilliger lines of Jim Hearn's ankle and the carom is fielded by Dark. With Chicago in the field in the 4th Umpire Frank Dascoli banished the entire bench of Cubs players (11 of them) to the clubhouse apparently for calling him "Rabbit Ears." Later two of the players Bill Serena and Smoky Burgess were recalled for pinch hitting duties.
Sep 13, 1950 - Sal Maglie's string of scoreless innings ends at 45 but he beats the Pirates 3-1 in a rain-shortened 7-inning game. Pirate Gus Bell's 257-foot ?y ball barely clears the RF wall at the Polo Grounds. For Maglie it is his 11th straight win.
Aug 16, 1950 - At the Polo Grounds Henry Thompson of the Giants hits two HRs both inside-the-park as the Giants pummel the Dodgers 16-7. Thompson is the first to do this since Terry Moore hit two for the Cardinals at Forbes Field on this same date in 1939. Don Mueller adds a grand slam. The Giants jump on Erskine in the first inning as 13 of the first 14 batters reach first safely. Sal Maglie is the winner despite giving up two homers good for six runs to Gil Hodges. The win leaves the Dodgers in 3rd place 7 games out and the Giants in 5th 10 games in back of the Phils.
Aug 5, 1950 - Jim Hearn gives up a leadoff single to Bob Dillinger then throttles the Pirates the rest of the way for a 5-0 win at the Polo Grounds. It is his 2nd win since joining the Giants on July 10.
Jul 4, 1950 - Before 49316 at the Polo Grounds the Dodgers and Giants split a pair. Brooklyn loses their 6th straight in the opener 5-4 before coming back to win 5-3. Newcombe takes the loss in game 1 despite hitting his first ML HR. Alvin Dark has a homer in each game. A tragic note occurs when a 56-year-old fan named Bernard Doyle is struck and killed by a bullet fired from outside the stadium. The New York Daily News reports tomorrow that after his body is removed the standing-room-only crowd fights over the vacant seat.
May 18, 1950 - At the Polo Grounds Al Walker poles a grand slam in the 6th inning for the Cubs. In the bottom of the inning Monte Irvin hits a grand slam for the Giants the first time in history that each team has slammed in the same inning. The game is called on account of rain after 6 innings and the Giants win 10-4 behind Clint Hartung. Johnny Schmitz the first of four pitchers is the loser.
Apr 19, 1950 - Sid Gordon of the Braves hits the first NL grand slam of the season as Boston beats the Giants 10-6 at the Polo Grounds. There will be 35 grand slams in the league this year a NL single-season record later topped. Giants first sacker Jack Harshman hits his first homer off Johnny Sain but it's not enough.
Apr 18, 1950 - At the Polo Grounds Sam Jethroe becomes the first black to play for the Boston Braves. In his ML debut he goes 2-for-4 including a HR to lead the Braves to an 1-4 beating of the Giants. Spahn is the winner. Jethroe will go on to become NL Rookie of the Year.
Jul 24, 1949 - It is Frankie Frisch Day at the Polo Grounds and the former Giants star now the manager of the Cubs is feted with two tv sets and numerous other gifts from New York friends. His Cubs then add their presents beating the Giants twice 5-3 and 6-1. The Cubs have 5 Dps in the opener and 2 in the nitecap. Andy Pafko has a homer in the opener. In game 2 Hal Jeffcoat drives in 2 runs in the 2nd with a double and later steals home. Bob Rush and Doyle Lade are winners.
Jun 30, 1949 - At the Polo Grounds the Braves take 2 from the Giants 3-0 and 6-2. In the twi-nite game Alvin Dark and Bob Elliott have inside-the-park-homers for Boston. Lockman's muff of a fly ball with the sacks full allows 2 runs to score. Bill Voiselle wins the opener and Glenn Elliott the nitecap.
May 30, 1949 - Jackie Robinson hits a 13th-inning HR to give the Dodgers a 2–1 game one win at the Polo Grounds. The Giants take the nitecap, 7-4, and the Leo Durocher-Robinson feud is fueled when Robby steals second during a timeout for a pitching change. He has to return to first and Leo gives him the “swollen head” gesture.
May 5, 1949 - At the Polo Grounds Johnny Mize pounds a 10th-inning homer and the Giants beat the Pirates 3-2 to sweep their three-game series. The homer off Murry Dickson is Big John's 300th. Reliever Hank Behrman in for Sheldon Jones pitches out of tight jams in the 9th and 10th to win. Wally Westlake is stranded in the 10th after reaching Behrman for a leadoff triple.
Apr 27, 1949 - In a wild game at the Polo Grounds pinch hitter Pete Milne's grand slam in the bottom of the 7th caps a 5-run inning and gives the Giants an 11-8 win over the Dodgers. The Giants lost a 6-0 lead after 4 innings. Each team uses 19 players. Milne's homer which eludes Snider is CF is the 4th and last pinch slam inside-the-park this century and is unique: it is Milne's only ML homer.
May 21, 1948 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants drop an 8-3 decision to the Cubs. New York rookie Les Layton in his first ML at bat hits a pinch homer in the 9th off Johnny Schmitz. Les will have onemore career HR.
Apr 20, 1948 - Before an Opening Day crowd of 48130 at the Polo Grounds the Dodgers rally for 4 runs in the 8th to beat the Giants 7-6. Billy Cox's 2-run homer is the big blow. Robinson collects a 2-run double when Rhawn and Lockman collide on an easy popup. Roy Campanella makes his ML debut coming in for Hodges behind the plate.
Sep 21, 1947 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants pound homers in their 17th and 18th consecutive games to set a NL record. Philadelphia wins the opener 3-2 in 11 innings when Del Ennis homers for the Blue Jays. In the nitecap. rookie Larry Jansen wins his 20th game beating the Phillies 6-4. Schoolboy Rowe takes the loss.
Aug 26, 1947 - Veteran Ray Poat purchased from Baltimore (IL) yesterday pitches the Giants to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals at the Polo Grounds. Poat helps his cause with a homer and a triple. As noted by researcher Madison McEntire Poat's only other hits this year will be a double and a single giving him a season cycle the first player to do so. The next will be Bruce Kison in 1978.
Sep 15, 1946 - Ernie Lombardi of the Giants slams the ball 483 feet under the stairway in right-center of the Polo Grounds but barely makes 3B. It is the 3rd triple in 7 years for Schnozz and the last of his career. The Cardinals still sweep 2 from the Giants but at a cost. After Murry Dickson's 3-0 win in the 1st game Howie Pollet preserves the Cards' 7-4 victory in 2nd game but suffers some arm pain when he doesn't warm up sufficiently.
Aug 31, 1946 - Buddy Kerr hits into three DPs against the Dodgers but his homer is the difference as the Giants win 2-1. Lefty Monte Williams is the winner over Kirby Higbe. The high point of the game is at 2B when former Dodger Goody Rosen slides into Eddie Stanky with spikes high. Stanky retaliates with a hard tag in the face and the two start punching. Both are ejected. Extra police are ordered for tomorrow's doubleheader at the Polo Grounds a sweep by the Dodgers that puts them into a tie for first place with St. Louis.
Jul 24, 1946 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants drop the Cards out of first place when Johnny Mize belts a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 9th. The Giants Dave Koslo wins 3-1. He also scores the first run on a bases-loaded walk in the 2nd.
Jun 23, 1946 - At the Polo Grounds Eddie Waitkus and Marv Rickert of the Chicago Cubs set a ML record by hitting back-to-back inside-the-park HRs-a major league first-in the 4th inning but the team loses 15-10 to the New York Giants. Mickey Witek counters with a grand slam in New York's 9-run 4th. Chicago wins the second game 9-4 as the two teams combine for 55 hits on the afternoon. Rickert and Witek each have 5 hits in the 2 games.
May 23, 1946 - The Cardinals the pre-season favorites to win the NL pennant suffer a blow when pitchers Max Lanier and Fred Martin and infielder Lou Klein jump to the Mexican League. Lanier was 6-0 in 6 starts this season. The 2nd-place Cards win today at the Polo Grounds behind Johnny Beazley's 4-hitter but will lose 3 of their next 4 starts and drop into 2nd place.
Apr 16, 1946 - In New York UN Secretary General Trygve Lie attends his first baseball game and sees manager Mel Ott hits the last HR of his career off Oscar Judd. The Giants defeat the Phillies (now back to their original nickname) 8-4. In the next game Ott will injure his knee diving for a fly ball and his playing is curtailed. Of Ott's 511 home runs 323 are hit at the Polo Grounds the most any player has hit in one park. When he retires in 1947 he will have failed to hit a HR in Philadelphia after the Baker Bowl was abandoned in 1938.
Sep 26, 1945 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants pass the million mark in attendance for the first time ever. The draw today is a hook up between the Giants and Dodgers but Brooklyn's Ralph Branca beats New York righty Jack Brewer 8-1.
Sep 19, 1945 - In two exhibition games in New York the Cleveland Buckeyes the Negor AL champs beat the Bushwicks 2-0 behind Roosevelt Davis's 3-hitter. The Homstead Grays the Negro NL champs lose 4-2 to the New York Cubans at the Polo Grounds.
Aug 18, 1945 - Scheduled demonstrations at the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off.
Aug 1, 1945 - Mel Ott hits the 500th HR of his career a total exceeded only by Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx. He will hit 10 more this season and one on Opening Day of 1946 to finish with 511. Ott leads the Giants to a 9-2 win over the Braves at the Polo Grounds.
Jul 9, 1945 - At Comiskey Park the White Sox edge the Cubs 5-4 in ten innings before Chicago's biggest crowd (47144) since 1941. At Cleveland the Reds blanked the Indians 6-0. At New York's Polo Grounds Hershel Martin's grand slam helped the Yankees trounce the Giants 7-1 in a rain-shortened game. At Philadelphia slugger Jimmie Foxx is the starting pitcher for the Phillies (or Blue Jays) as they defeat the Athletics 7-6.
Jul 4, 1945 - The Cards sweep two from the Giants at the Polo Grounds winning 8-4 and 9-2. Augie Bergamo leads the way with 9 RBI 8 in the 2nd game on 10 hits including 2 HRs. His 2nd HR in the nitecap is a grand slam.
Jun 19, 1945 - Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower just back from Europe is given a tremendous round of applause from fans at the Polo Grounds. The Braves then beat New York 9-2 behind Jim Tobin's pitching and 3 RBIs.
Jun 5, 1945 - After a losing road trip the Giants play the Dodgers before 42926 at the Polo Grounds losing a 6-3 decision in 14 innings. Goodie Rosen hits a 2-run homer in the 14th to seal the win for Brooklyn.
May 20, 1945 - Before 51340 fans at the Polo Grounds the Giants and Pirates split a doubleheader. Bill Voiselle wins his 8th straight to give the Giants a 5-1 win in the opener. Medwick and Lombardi homer for New York. Preacher Roe then shuts out the Giants in game 2. New York ends the day atop the NL by 3 1/2 games.
Jun 26, 1944 - More than 50000 pack the Polo Grounds to watch the Yankees Dodgers and Giants play each other in a 6-inning contest to raise money for war bonds. Each team plays successive innings against the other two teams then sits out an inning. The final score is Dodgers 5 Yankees 1 Giants 0.
Apr 30, 1944 - Before 58000 at the Polo Grounds the Giants pummel the Dodgers 26-8 in the opener of two. Player/manager Mel Ott reaches base 7 times scoring 6 runs for the 2nd time in his career and Phil Weintraub drives in 11 runs with a homer triple and 2 doubles. Teammate Ernie Lombardi drives in another 7. Dodger pitchers give up NL record-tying 17 walks including six in a row (ties NL mark) in the 2nd. They walk Mel Ott 5 times the 4th time in his career that Ott has been issued 5 passes. A ML record-tying 3 players (Ott-6: Medwick-5: Weintraub-5) score 5 runs each: another ML mark since 1900 is set with Ott's 6 runs + 5 runs by another teammate) The Dodgers earn a split as Hal Gregg wins the nitecap 5-4 despite walking 8 batters. The 2-game total of 25 free passes by the Giants is an NL record. Ott adds to his lifetime NL marks by recording his 1700th run and driving in his 1700th run.
Nov 1, 1943 - League statistics show the White Sox Luke Appling leading the AL hitters with .328 the lowest since Cobb hit .324 to lead in 1908. Conversely of course the pitchers' marks were topped by Spud Chandler's 1.64 ERA the best since 1919. Spud also has the best percentage at .833 on a 20-4 won-lost mark. The White Sox aging OF Wally Moses stole 56 bases after stealing only 3 two years before. The veteran Mel Ott hits only .234 for his Giants but he still has 18 homers-all in the Polo Grounds.
Sep 19, 1943 - In front of 41,683 at the Polo Grounds, the New York Giants twice come from behind to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 3–1 and 7–4. Ace Adams makes his 66th appearance in the opener to tie Ed Walsh’s ML record set in 1908. Buddy Kerr has a 3-run HR in game 2.
Sep 11, 1943 - At the Polo Grounds Boston's Jim Tobin serves up a homer run to Mel Ott as the Giants win 10-2. It is Ott's 18th and last homer of the year. All 18 have come at the Polo Grounds second only to Gavvy Cravath's 1914 ML mark of hitting all 19 at home.
Sep 26, 1942 - Youngsters admitted free for bringing scrap metal to aid the war effort get restless and invade the field at the Polo Grounds in the 8th inning of the 2nd game with the Giants leading 5-2. Umpire Ziggy Sears forfeits the game 9-0 to the Braves. Boston P Warren Spahn is not charged with a decision although he was losing at the time of the forfeit. But he is given credit for a complete game his only one in 4 appearances for the year. Carl Hubbell wins the opener 6-4.
Sep 25, 1942 - With the Giants' 3rd-place finish secure OF Hank Lieber pitches a complete-game 9-1 loss against the Phillies at the Polo Grounds. He yields 9 hits and strikes out 5 in his only ML pitching appearance. He had been a pitcher at the U. of Arizona. The Phils score 5 of their runs without a hit. The Giants take the opener 6-3 behind Hal Schumacher.
Sep 10, 1942 - Brooklyn with a slim 3-game lead in the NL loses to Chicago's Lon Warneke 10-2. Across the river at the Polo Grounds left Howie Pollet gives the Cards a 5-1 win over New York. Hubbell was the announced starter but in pre-game warm ups he was hit on the head by an errant throw from Musial. Hal Schumacher was inserted as the starter but gave up 3 first inning runs to earn an early shower.
Aug 18, 1942 - After going 1-6 before the All-star break Carl Hubbell posts his 8th straight win beating the Braves 10-2. The 39-year-old veteran is backed by Mel Ott's 3 hits including a HR into the LF stands at the Polo Grounds.
Aug 4, 1942 - The Giants-Dodgers game ends in a 1-1 tie as Pee Wee Reese's grand slam in the top of the 9th is wiped out. As was the case the day before the game is called because of the government's 9:14 curfew on lights. It is the last twilight game played at the Polo Grounds. The Dodgers have held the NL lead for 144 days. The margin over the Cardinals is 10 games. Until the season's end Brooklyn will win 17 lose 18.
Aug 3, 1942 - A military relief game at the Polo Grounds with the Dodgers attracts a Polo Grounds record crowd of 57303. The Giants losing 7-4 have 2 on and no out in the 9th when the game is called. A government order mandates that lights must be turned out at 9:14. Giants President Horace Stoneham states that twilight games would be terminated since "playing against the clock was too tough."
Jul 6, 1942 - First-inning HRs by Lou Boudreau and Rudy York off Mort Cooper lead the AL to a 3-1 triumph over the NL in the All-Star Game at the Polo Grounds. Mickey Owen's pinch HR is the NL's only score: he does not hit a single HR during the regular schedule. Johnny Vander Meer pitches 3 shutout innings for the NL striking out 4. The game scheduled to start at 6:30 P.M. and end promptly at 9:10 is delayed a half hour because of showers. The curfew is reset to 9:30 just minutes after the game ends and the post-game press interviews are conducted in darkness.
Apr 26, 1942 - Before a crowd of 48631 at the Polo Grounds the Giants lose a pair to the Braves 3-2 and 8-5. All 22 hits in the nitecap are singles: of the 13 hits in game 1 only Mickey Witek's double is for extra bases.
Dec 11, 1941 - Cardinals GM Branch Rickey‚ possibly motivated by a clause in his contract that gives him 20% of the team's profits‚ trades slugger Johnny Mize to the Giants for three players-Bill Lohrman‚ Ken O'Dea‚ and Johnny McCarthy -- as well as $50‚000. Mize's home run production had fallen from 43 to 16 in 1941‚ but he will adjust to the Polo Grounds and lead the National League in 1947-48. Yesterday Rickey sold C/OF Don Padgett to Brooklyn for $30‚000. Padgett will enter the Navy without playing a game for the Dodgers‚ and Brooklyn will try unsuccessfully to get their money back from the Cards.
Aug 30, 1941 - The Cardinals Lon Warneke no-hits the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 in the nitecap with only 3 balls hit to the outfield as the Cards sweep two. It is Warneke's 15th victory of the season and with the Dodgers' doubleheader loss to the Giants puts St. Louis in first place by 2 percentage points. The 5th place Giants beat Brooklyn 4-3 and 5-1 at the Polo Grounds.
May 30, 1941 - With Brooklyn 3 games in back of the Cards 59487 jam the Polo Grounds to watch the Dodgers and Giants. Whitlow Wyatt shuts a out the Giants to win the opener and Brooklyn overcomes a 2-1 deficit in the nitecap to score 5 runs in the 9th and win 6-2.
May 27, 1941 - At the Polo Grounds the score 1-1 between the Giants and Braves when umpire Jocko Conlan calls time in the 7th. The crowd and the two teams then listens for 45 minutes while President Roosevelt's radio message about the war in Europe is heard on the loudspeakers. When play resumes the Braves lift Jim Tobin for Manny Salvo while the Giants take out starter Hal Schumacher replacing him with Carl Hubbell. Hubbell's single wins it for New York 2-1.
May 7, 1941 - At the Polo Grounds Reds SS Eddie Joost accepts a record 19 chances as Cincinnati edges New York 1-0. In addition to his 10 assists and 9 putouts Joost has a throwing error and the game's only stolen base. Ernie Lombardi's homer accounts for the only run as Bucky Walters is the winner over Prince Hal Schumacher in a battle of veterans. Both pitchers keep the ball down and each outfield accounts for a single flyout tying the ML mark for fewest chances by 2 teams.
Apr 20, 1941 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants draw 56314 to date the biggest crowd ever to view a single game. They get their money's worth as the Dodgers shade the Giants 10-9. Mel Ott has 2 of the 5 homers hit in the game. The Dodgers score the winning run in the 9th when Dolph Camilli scores from 2B after Babe Young's throw hits Kampouris running from 1B in the head. Reiser has 4 hits for Brooklyn and Hugh Casey wins in relief.
Aug 7, 1940 - A crowd of 53997 an NL record for a night game watches the Dodgers beat the Giants 8-4 on Mel Ott Night at the Polo Grounds. Only Chicago and Boston are without lights in the NL. New York's large turnout is due to its being Mel Ott Night.
Jun 23, 1940 - With 52657 in attendance at the Polo Grounds the Giants Billy Jurges is hit on the head by a pitch thrown by Bucky Walters of the Reds He leaves the field on a stretcher. A shaken Walters then allows 2 runs and is lifted. The Giants have a 4-2 lead with 2 out in the 9th but the Reds score 5 runs on 6 hits to win 7-4. Cincy takes the 2nd game 2-0. Jurges will stay in the hospital 6 days and the Giants will go 39-61 and tailspin from 2nd place to 6th after his injury.
Sep 24, 1939 - OF Johnny Cooney of the Boston Bees playing at the Polo Grounds hits his first HR after 15 years as P/OF in the majors. The dinger is a two-run shot off Randy Gumbert in game 1 of a Sunday twinbill but the Giants win 5-4. Tomorrow Cooney will repeat the feat. Boston wins game 2 5-3 behind George Barnicle's 2nd ML win in 5 days.
Sep 2, 1939 - Nine players hit homers as the Giants beat the Dodgers 10-6 in the opener of a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds falling one short of the record for two teams in one game set in 1923. Brooklyn wins the 2nd game 7-2.
Jul 15, 1939 - A disputed call on a Harry Craft ?y ball down the LF foul line into the upper deck at the Polo Grounds touches off a melee in which the Giants Billy Jurges and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other. Both will be fined $150 and suspended for 10 days. NL President Ford Frick announces that 2-foot screens are to be installed inside all foul poles to prevent future arguments. The AL eventually also adopts the rule. The Giants lose 8-4 to the Reds and will add another 8 in a row to take them out of contention.
Jul 2, 1939 - In a doubleheader with the Dodgers before 51435 at the Polo Grounds the fireworks start 2 days early. The Dodgers take a uneventful opener 3-2 but in the 4th inning of the nitecap Dodger player-manager Leo Durocher ends the inning by grounding into a DP and spikes 1B Zeke Bonura as he crosses the bag. Bonura takes off after Durocher chases him down the RF line and throws his mitt at him. He finally wrestles him to the ground. Both players are ejected and the Giants go on to win 6-4. To Bonura's charge of intentional spiking the Lip retorts "If that big clown hadn't got his foot in my way I wouldn't have been close to him."
Jun 6, 1939 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants unload on the first-place Reds with five HRs after two are out in the 4th inning a ML record. Entering the inning the Giants sport a 6-0 lead thanks in part to homers by Jo Jo Moore and Met Ott. After two are out Harry Danning homers off Peaches Davis. Then Ott singles Zeke Bonura walks and Frank Demaree lifts a 3-run homer. Former batting practice hurler Wesley Livingood relieves and walks Tony Lazzeri. Burgess Meredith acts like a slugger belting one of his two homers of the year and pitcher Frank Salvo follows with his only career homer an inside-the-park hit. Up for a 2nd time in the inning Jo Jo Moore hits an upper deck blast for the 5th homer after 2 outs an unsurpassed mark. The Giants coast to a 17-3 win.
May 8, 1939 - In a 4-2 Cubs win at the Polo Grounds Cubs first sacker Phil Cavarretta breaks his leg sliding into a base. He'll be out of action until July 25 and will appear in just 7 more games this year all as a PH.
May 7, 1939 - Before 36005 at the Polo Grounds the Giants crush the Cubs 10-3. Mel Ott has a triple double and two singles while ex-Cubbies Jurges and Demaree have two hits apiece. Cliff Melton is the winner for the Giants now 8-8.
Sep 19, 1938 - The Cubs game in Philadelphia and the Pirates game at the Polo Grounds are canceled because of a devastating hurricane walloping the Northeast coast. Games on Tuesday and Wednesday will be washed out as well.
Sep 15, 1938 - At the Polo Grounds Pirates P Jim Tobin puts Giants star Mel Ott in the record book hitting him three times with pitches. Tobin wins 7-2. Brothers Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pirates hit consecutive HRs off Cliff Melton in the 5th inning. This is the 3rd time both will have HRs in the same game but the first time off the same pitcher. It is also the only time in history that brothers hit back-to-back homers. For Lloyd it is his last major-league homer.
Oct 23, 1937 - Before a crowd of 22500 at the Polo Grounds the Cuban Giants young Johnny Taylor outpitches Satchel Paige and the Satchel Paige All-stars to win 2-0 on a no-hitter. Taylor faces 28 batters. The game is scoreless until the 8th inning when Jim West swings late and lofts a 2-run homer into the LF stands.
Sep 4, 1937 - At the Polo Grounds Carl Hubbell stops the Dodgers 3-0. Dick Bartell's 14th homer of the year is all the scoring King Carl needs to chop up Max Butcher. With Chicago (73-49) idle the Giants (74-48) move in front by a game.
Jul 22, 1937 - Wally Berger's homer in the 9th gives the Giants a 6-5 win over the Reds. New York is now a game in back of Chicago which comes into the Polo Grounds tomorrow. Goodman has three hits including a homer for the Reds while Burgess Whitehead collects 3 hits for New York.
Jun 12, 1937 - Homers account for most of the scoring at the Polo Grounds as the Giants edge the Reds 4-3. Mel Ott hits a three-run homer his 9th of the year while Alex Kampouris and Virgil Davis homer for Cincy. The win keeps the Giants a half-game ahead of the Cubs winners today over the Phils.
May 31, 1937 - A Memorial Day crowd of 61756 the 2nd-largest crowd in Polo Grounds history sees the Dodgers end Carl Hubbell's consecutive-game winning streak at 24 over 2 seasons. Babe Phelps leads the way going 5-for-6 as Brooklyn routs King Carl in the 4th inning and wins 10-3. Although Hubbell loses the first game of the doubleheader he is honored in between games when Babe Ruth makes the presentation of the NL's 1936 MVP Award. The Giants take the nitecap 5-4.
May 9, 1937 - Before a crowd of 36520 at the Polo Grounds Carl Hubbell wins his 4th straight and his 20th in a row subduing the Cubs and Bill Lee 4-1. The game is scoreless for 6 innings. Dick Bartell hits a 2-run HR in the 8th and Fank Demaree homers in the 9th for the only score of King Carl. Hubbell matches the mark of Rube Marquard who won one game in 1911 and 19 straight more in 1912.
Apr 24, 1937 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants win their 3rd in a row beating the Bees 3-0. All the scoring comes on homers-two by Mel Ott and another by Dick Bartell off Johnny Lanning. Clyde Castleman extends the Giants streak of shutout innings to 25: the Bees have not scored in 34 innings.
Sep 13, 1936 - The Cardinals and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds before 64417 the largest crowd in the 60-year history of the NL. It is estimated that 50000 fans are turned away the gates having been closed 3 hours before the start of the twinbill. Bill Terry's league leaders take the opener 8-4 then lose the nitecap 4-3 to stay 3 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis. In the lid lifter Dick Bartell cracks a 2-run homer in the 1st and Mel Ott follows with his 36th homer then adds his 37th. In the nitecap Dizzy Dean makes his 3rd appearance in 2 days to save the win for Roy Parmalee. Diz threw a complete game and relieved in game 2 at Brooklyn yesterday.
Aug 14, 1936 - At the Polo Grounds the NL's 60th anniversary is celebrated with the appearance of stars of the 1870s and a 3-inning recreated game between the 'Knockerbockers and the Atlantics'under the old rules. Thousands watch as a parade starts on 110th and Lenox featuring horse-drawn carriages buses and shays. The parade continues to and inside the Polo Grounds. Oldtimers on hand include Arlie Latham Jim Mutrie Mickey Welch Jocko Fields Dick Rudolph Otto Knabe Hans Lobert Charley Bassett Jimmy Ring Bill Coughlin Danny Murphy and Doc Kennedy. Mutrie and Bill Terry meet at home plate and discussed the differences in the game with Mutrie saying there was little fundamental change. Mayor LaGuardia looked on from a box decked out in bunting. Today's game under regular rules is won by the Giants 3-0 over the Phillies. Slick Castleman pitches his lone shutout of the year.
Jul 31, 1936 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants manage just 4 hits off Chicago's Larry French and lose 3-1. The Terrymen's only tally is a homer by Hank Lieber. The loss leaves the front-running Cubs a game ahead of the Cards.
Oct 10, 1935 - In New York the Giants file suit asking for a restraining order to prevent bootleg broadcasts of all sporting events from the Polo Grounds. Long opposed to having their games on the radio the suit is brought against several broadcasting companies. The Giants admit that "the method of acquiring the simultaneous description of baseball games is unknown."
Aug 24, 1935 - Giants OF Hank Leiber ties the ML record with two HRs during an 8-run 2nd-inning assault on the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. The Giants prevail 9-4 as Carl Hubbell wins his 19th in relief. The Giants have not been out of first place since the start of the season but will give up the top spot tomorrow when the Cubs beat them. Before the game umpire Dolly Stark is honored and given a new automobile by Ford Frick as a present from fans and players. Stark the varsity basketball coach at Dartmouth was voted the most popular umpire in the NL last year.
Aug 18, 1935 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants increase their lead to two games over the Cardinals by beating the Reds 8-4. Carl Hubbell wins and helps the offense by hitting a HR. The big stick belongs to Giants CF Hank Lieber who slugs a HR triple and 2 doubles.
Aug 14, 1935 - The largest midweek crowd in NL history 50868 sees the Giants and Cards split at the Polo Grounds the Giants winning 6-4 then losing 3-0. Carl Hubbell takes the opener spoiling Paul Dean's 22nd birthday as Jack Rothrock Joe Moore Terry Moore Pepper Martin and Gus Mancuso homer. The Giants outhit the Cards ten to five in the nitecap but lose to Bill Hallahan. Castleman loses his first decision after six straight wins.
Jul 5, 1935 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants reliever Slick Castleman making his first appearance of the season walks the first 2 Brooklyn hitters and is lifted. He won't appear the rest of the year. The Dodgers prevail 14-4 pinning the loss on starter Hal Schumacher. Tony Cuccinello with Brooklyn and brother Al with New York both homer: the next time brothers homer in a game against each other will be on June 30 1950 when Joe and Dom DiMaggio do it.
May 30, 1935 - The Memorial Day twin bill at the Polo Grounds breaks all NL attendance records when 63943 see the Giants take a pair from the Dodgers 8-3 and 6-0. Thousands are turned away and the gates are closed 40 minutes before game time. Roy Parmelee coasts in the opener after Mel Ott hits a grand slam in the first inning. In his first appearance at the Polo Grounds as a Giant Al Cuccinello also homers in the same inning. Fred Fitzsimmons twirls a 2-hitter in the nitecap.
Apr 28, 1935 - At the Polo Grounds Hal Schumacher beats the Phils 3-0 allowing just a controversial hit to Phils P Orville Jorgens. Jorgens hits a grounder that Dick Bartell heaves off line and the throw eludes 1B Bill Terry. Everyone assumed it was an error and it was not till after the game that fans realized it was ruled a hit.
Apr 23, 1935 - Before a NL-record home opener crowd of 47000 at the Polo Grounds drawn to see the Babe play for the Braves the Giants top Boston 6-5 in 11 innings. Ruth goes hitless however. Mel Ott provides the thunder with a game-winning hit.
Sep 29, 1934 - Brooklyn's Van Mungo knocks the Giants out of the lead at the Polo Grounds 5-1 though he gives up 11 hits. Mungo adds 2 hits and fans 3 Giants in the 9th. Meanwhile Paul Dean is beating the Reds in St. Louis 6-1.
Sep 18, 1934 - Chick Hafey hits a 2-run homer in the 10th to give the Reds a 2-0 win over New York at the Polo Grounds. Benny Frey is the complete game winner. In game 2 of the twinbill the Giants win 4-2.
Sep 16, 1934 - The largest turnout in Polo Grounds history 62573 suffers as the Deans take two from the Giants. Diz needs relief from Tex Carleton for a 5-3 opener but Paul goes 11 innings for a 3-1 win over Carl Hubbell his 6th victory over the Giants this year. Pepper Martin homers off King Carl. The Cardinals leave New York 3 1/2 games behind the league-leading Giants.
Sep 13, 1934 - In the opener of a critical four-game series at the Polo Grounds Freddie Fitzsimmons and Paul Dean throw 11 scoreless innings before the Cardinals score 2 in the top of the 12th. Dean wins 2-0. The Giants lead is cut to 4 1/2 games.
Jul 4, 1934 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants tomahawk the Braves scoring 29 runs in two games today. New York wins the opener 14-5 then Carl Hubbell coasts to a 15-0 win in the nitecap. After the finish of all the holiday doubleheaders the Giants have a clear lead of 3 1?2 games ahead of the Cubs and 4 1?2 in front of the Cardinals.
Jun 7, 1934 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants score 6 runs in the 8th to whip the Boston Braves 14-5. Johnny Vergez collects a home run and double in the inning while Ott clouts 2 homers and drives home 4 runs in the game.
May 26, 1934 - Fans will vote for players in the 2nd All-Star Game to be played on July 10 at the Polo Grounds. The managers will pick the lineups from 20 players chosen.
Apr 18, 1934 - The Giants tip the Phils 2-1 but almost lose Bill Terry in the process. In the 7th with a runner on 1B a Phillie batter lines a hit off the right-field wall at the Polo Grounds. Mel Ott's quick play of the carom and throw to the cut off man Travis Jackson holds the lead runner at 3B. Jackson noticing the runner at 1B taking a wide turn rifles the ball to first but it hits the surprised Terry in the face knocking him down. Terry recovers to play tomorrow.
Apr 17, 1934 - In a pre-game ceremony at the Polo Grounds a bugler sounded taps for John McGraw who died in February. The Giants behind Carl Hubbell then defeat the Phillies 6-1 to start a five-game win streak.
Oct 3, 1933 - In the battle of first-year managers the Giants take the opener of the WS at the Polo Grounds as Carl Hubbell holds the Senators to 5 hits and 3 unearned runs. Washington unravels when Buddy Myer makes a record-tying 3 errors. Mel Ott is the hitting star tying a WS record with 4-for-4.
Jun 29, 1933 - In the top of the 2nd Ethan Allen of the Cards races around the bases for an inside-the-park HR at the Polo Grounds but is out for batting out of turn. Joe Medwick was the correct batter. Allen then bats for himself and grounds out. But St. Louis prevails 7-3.
Jun 25, 1933 - At the Polo Grounds 25000 see the Giants win twice over the Reds and increase their NL lead to three games. Hal Schumacher the June graduate of St. Lawrence wins the opener 7-1 giving up a run on an error. New York scores five runs in two innings to knock out Ray Kolp. The Giants take the 2nd game 6-3 as Johnny Vergez drives in four runs. Fred Fitzsimmons is the winner over Benton in relief of Benny Frey.
Sep 20, 1932 - At the Polo Grounds Fred Fitzsimmons coasts to a 15-3 win over the Braves. Boston catcher Johnny Schulte bangs a 9th inning solo shot for the final score the homer coming in his last ML at bat. The veteran caught on with the Braves when Pinky Hargrave broke a leg in a game that Schulte was watching at Sportsman's Park. Earlier in the year he was watching at game at the same park when the Browns C Rick Ferrell broke a hand and Schulte was signed for the recovery period.
Aug 14, 1932 - At the Polo Grounds John Quinn at 49 becomes the oldest P to win a ML game. He relieves Van Mungo in the 9th after Johnny Frederick hits a pinch-hit HR off Carl Hubbell in the 9th to tie at 1-1. The Dodgers win in the 10th when Tony Cuccinello drives home Hack Wilson for Brooklyn's 4th straight win over the Giants. The pinch homer is Frederick's 4th pinch-hit HR of the year for a new ML record. He will have 6 by the season's end. The Giants win the nitecap 8-4 as Bill Terry and Mel Ott belt homers.
Jul 3, 1932 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants top the Braves 5-2 as Carl Hubbell goes all the way for the win. Frank Hogan crashes his 3rd homer off Bob Brown in three days to start the scoring in the 2nd. The Braves get 4 hits in the 6th inning including a leadoff homer by Wally Berger.
Jun 23, 1932 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants top the Cardinals for the 2nd straight day winning 61. Jackson clouts a 2-run homer in the 2nd off Paul Derringer and three more runs in the 3rd. Rip Collins hit for Derringer in the 4th and popped out his 26th straight trip to the plate without a hit. Jim Bottomley's homer off Fred Fitzsimmons is the only score for St. Louis while Johnny Vergez hits one for NY.
Jun 9, 1932 - Mel Ott duplicates his effort of two days ago by clouting a pair of homers in the Giants 3-2 win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds. The clouts help Mooney best Carroll. The southpaw allows just three hits after Larry Grantham connect for a homer in the 2nd. The win moves the Giants to 22-29.
Jun 3, 1932 - John McGraw who came to New York in 1902 resigns as manager of the Giants and is replaced by Bill Terry the team's star 1B. The headline announcement comes at the Polo Grounds where the game with the Phillies is rained out. McGraw was reportedly the highest paid manager at $50000 a year the same as earned by Connie Mack who owns about half of the A's. Joe McCarthy of the Yankees now ranks 2nd at $40000.
Apr 12, 1932 - In the Opener at the Polo Grounds the Phils chase Bill Walker in the 2nd inning and rout the Giants 13-5. Chuck Klein's bases-loaded triple is the capper in the 7-run outburst. Starter Fidgety Phil Collins goes all the way for Philadelphia and is 4-for-4 at the plate.
Sep 24, 1931 - The round-robin playoff among New York City's 3 ML teams to raise money for the unemployed concludes with Brooklyn losing to both the Giants and the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. Again a near capacity crowd turns out and adds $48000 to bring the fund to $108000. In field events held between games Babe Ruth normally a left-handed hitter bats right and wins the fungo hitting contest. He breaks the old distance record held by Big Ed Walsh. Ruth's drive lands in deep center field 421 feet away. The old record set 20 years earlier was 4191?2 feet.
Jun 30, 1931 - At the Polo Grounds St. Louis infielder Sparky Adams leads off with a home run his first four bagger since 1925: he had been at bat 3104 times since without a homer. Adams adds a double and Frisch has a HR and 2 singles to drive in 4 runs. New York's Ethan Allen answers with a 5th-inning pinch grand slam off Paul Derringer to tie the game. But the Cards hold on for an 11-10 win.
May 30, 1931 - The Cards retake first place and hold it the rest of the season as they win a Memorial Day doubleheader from the Reds and the Giants lose a pair to Brooklyn. In the 2nd game at the Polo Grounds Robins 3B Wally Gilbert has 6 consecutive hits but falls one short of the ML record held by his manager Wilbert Robinson. The Robins' Gordon Slade adds a grand slam in the sweep.
Nov 23, 1930 - At the Polo Grounds‚ St. Louis Browns OF Red Badgro‚ playing for the NFL New York Giants‚ catches a TD pass against the Green Bay Packers. It is Badgro's 3rd TD catch of the season‚ all from Benny Friedman. In 1981‚ Badgro will be elected to the Hall of Fame-for football.
Sep 28, 1930 - Bill Terry goes hitless as the Giants edge the Dodgers for 3rd place with a 10-inning win over the Phillies at the Polo Grounds. He finishes at .401 and is the last NL player to hit over .400. The Giants set a 20th-century single season batting average record of .319 (the Philadelphia Phillies hit .349 in 1894).
Aug 31, 1930 - With a chance to pick up a game and a half on the leading Cubs the Giants edge the Braves 4-3 in the opener a doubleheader before 40000 fans at the Polo Grounds. In the 2nd game Mel Ott hits a double and 3 consecutive HRs to drive in 6 runs but the Braves counter with a homer by George Sisler and two by slugging rookie Wally Berger among their 18 hits. Ott is the 4th major leaguer to hit 3 straight homers joining Goose Goslin (August 19 1930) Carl Reynolds (July 2 1930) George Kelly (September 17 1923) and Cap Anson (August 6 1884). The final score is Boston 14 New York 10.
Jul 28, 1930 - At the Polo Grounds it again is Bill Terry leading the Giants to a 5-4 win this time over the last-place Phils. Terry has 4 hits including two homers and his bases-loaded sac fly in the 9th drives home the winner. Jim Chaplin is the winner over Earl Collard.
Jul 26, 1930 - At the Polo Grounds Bill Terry collects a double and two homers to lead the Giants to a 10-4 come-from-behind win over the Pirates. Memphis Bill's 2nd homer is inside-the-park against Erv Brame the loser to Fred Fitzsimmons. Giants manager John McGraw who skips the game to look over the Montreal Royals in Canada opines " This lively ball is hurting baseball. I think the club owners ought to get together on it. I suppose six out of eight teams in each league would like to see it go. It has taken the confidence out of pitchers. The ball is so lively that fielders cannot handle it and throw it to the plate. Bunting is gone-the ball is too lively. And baserunning has disappeared. The public liked that. Those plays were always close." Flubber??
Jul 21, 1930 - The Cubs ruin the first Ladies Day at the Polo Grounds as Pat Malone and Charlie Root shut out the Giants 6-0. Malone is the winner over Tiny Jim Chaplin. About 3500 women are admitted free and then see Hack Wilson club two homers #28 and #29 to help Chicago move back into first place. Hack also whiffs with the bases jammed in the 9th. This is the first of regular Friday afternoon Ladies Day promotions that New York will be running.
Jul 18, 1930 - Before 15000 at the Polo Grounds the Giants rally for 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Cards 8-7. New York overcomes two homers by Frankie Frisch a 3-run homer in the 3rd and another in the 8th with one on. Travis Jackson starts the rally with a leadoff single in the 9th and closes the scoring with another single.
Jul 15, 1930 - At the Polo Grounds Tony Cuccinello knocks in 6 runs and Curt Walker scores 5 runs as Cincinnati trounces Carl Hubbell and the Giants 14-8. Cooch has a homer double and single while Walker collects a homer and 2 doubles.
Jun 16, 1930 - At the Polo Grounds the Cubs down 4-3 in the top of the 9th load the bases with 2 outs against Carl Hubbell. He retires Cuyler and Wilson on pop flies but Riggs Stephenson squibs a infield single to tie the game. Charlie Grimm then hits a grand slam. Shanty Hogan answers with a pinch homer in the bottom of the 9th for the Giants 5th solo homer of the day-a NL record for runs on solo homers-but the Cubs hold on for a 8-5 victory. Terry Jackson Allen and Leach also reach the bleachers.
Sep 2, 1929 - Thanks to "the greediness of a careless fan (NY World)" the Giants lose a home run when a fan interferes with a fly ball headed for the RF bleachers at the Polo Grounds. Instead of a two-run homer by Edd Roush the Giants come up empty. Carl Hubbell goes all the way only to lose to the Phils 4-3 in 12 innings.
Aug 25, 1929 - At the Polo Grounds fans are able to hear the calls of home plate ump Cy Rigler who is wired for sound a first in ML history. Wearing a mike wearing metal-plated shoes and standing on a flat metal sheet Cy's calls are broadcast over speakers. The Giants top the Pirates 10-5.
May 25, 1929 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants belt 4 homers-2 by Jackson and one by Roush and Walsh-to whip the Braves 10-3. Roush's HR is the 2000th in Giants history.
Sep 20, 1928 - A crowd of 50000 at the Polo Grounds sees the Giants and Cardinals split a doubleheader. The Cards take the first game 8-5 behind pitcher Willie Sherdel plus three homers by former Giant George Harper. The Giants salvage the nightcap 7-4 when they score 5 runs in the 8th inning to give rookie Carl Hubbell the win over Grover Cleveland Alexander. Shanty Hogan's grand slam off Alexander is the big blow. New York remains 2 games behind the NL-leading Cardinals.
Sep 11, 1928 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants take 2 games from the Braves 11-6 and 7-6. Freddie Lindstrom goes 8-for-10 to pull New York into 2nd place 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis. The Giants will continue to feast on Braves pitching winning doubleheaders from Boston on the 13th and the 14th to tie the NL record for twinbills won on consecutive days.
Apr 16, 1928 - Phils veteran Cy Williams greets reliever Fred Fitzsimmons with a three-run homer to send the Phils home a 7-5 winner at the Polo Grounds. Cy's blow negates a single double and triple by Bill Terry for the Giants now 3-1.
Apr 11, 1928 - At Opening Day at the Polo Grounds a heavily Jewish crowd of 30000 is on hand to cheer for New Yorker Andy Cohen Hornsby's replacement at 2B. After 7 seasons in a business suit manager McGraw abandons it for a Giants uniform. After Mayor Jimmy Walker tosses out the first ball Cohen has 3 hits and 2 RBIs to leads the Giants to a 5-2 over the Rajah's Braves. Hornsby is 1-for-4 as Larry Benton is the winner over Bob Smith. Braves CF Eddie Brown plays in his 576 consecutive game to extend his NL record. After the game some one thousand fans rush the field and carry Cohen off on their shoulders.
Sep 5, 1927 - Before a crowd of 58000 at the Polo Grounds the Giants split a Labor Day doubleheader with the Braves. Boston wins the opener 6-1 with Braves righty Charlie Robertson outpitching Virgil Barnes. The loss is the first in 11 games for New York. The Giants win a 9-8 decision in the nitecap coming from behind on Jack Cummings' RBI double in the bottom of the 9th. The Giants end the day just a game in back of the leading Pirates but this will be the closest they come to the pennant.
Jul 19, 1927 - It's John McGraw Day at the Polo Grounds in honor of his 25 years as Giants manager. With Mayor Jimmy Walker Commissioner Landis assorted celebrities and former players on hand the Cubs spoil the day with an 8-5 win. The Giants are now in 4th place and McGraw suffering from upper respiratory ailments will increasingly hand the managerial reins to Hornsby.
Jul 18, 1927 - At the Polo Grounds 18-year-old Mel Ott hits his first ML homer in a 6-4 10-inning win over the Cubs. Ott hits a line drive on which CF Hack Wilson attempts a shoe string catch. The ball bounds all the way to the CF club house and Ott easily circles the bases. He's the youngest player in the 20 century to hit an inside-the-park homer: Pat Callahan in 1884 was not 18 when he hit his. Ott will hit one more IPHR in his career in 1929. Freddie Fitzsimmons gets the decision over Charlie Root dropping the Cubs to 2nd place.
Sep 24, 1926 - At the Polo Grounds the Cardinals clinch the pennant by beating the Giants 6-4 behind Flint Rhem and Bill Sherdel. Billy Southworth homers to help beat his old teammates negating Bill Terry's 3-run HR off Rhem. The Cards are now ahead of Cincinnati by three games with two to play. The Reds lose to the Phillies today 9-2.
Aug 7, 1926 - Carl Mays coasts to his 3rd shutout in a row an 11-0 Reds win over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. Chuck Dressen hits a grand slam in the 3rd inning off Chuck Davies. The Giants come back in game 2 to win 3-1.
Aug 2, 1926 - In the Giants 4-2 win over the Cards at the Polo Grounds New York CF Ty Tyson seals the victory with an unassisted DP in the 8th inning with the bases loaded. Tyson was beaned in the 6th but stays in the game and snags a Specs Toporcer line drive and touches 2B before Tommy Thevenow can get back.
Jun 24, 1926 - In game 1 at the Polo Grounds Phillies relief pitcher Jack Knight homers twice his only 2 career homers and both come off Jimmy Ring. But the Giants win 12-7 then complete the sweep 7-2.
Jun 17, 1926 - Hal Rhyne hits a 2-run homer in the top of the 13th at the Polo Grounds to give the Pirates a 5-3 lead but Freddie Lindstrom answers with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the inning for a 6-5 Giants victory. Lindstrom has to elbow his way to home plate and jubilant fans storm the field.
Apr 13, 1926 - More than 45000 at the Polo Grounds watch Brooklyn's Jess Petty post an Opening Day 3-0 one-hitter over the Giants. Frankie Frisch's double is the lone hit. The NL introduces something new in this game the rosin bag. The Giants will win 7 in a row after the opener only to be beaten again by Petty 2-1 on April 24th.
Aug 22, 1925 - After a disastrous western trip the Giants trail the Pirates by 3 as the leaders come to the Polo Grounds for a 5-game series. Before crowds of more than 50000 at 2 weekend doubleheaders the Pirates take 3 out of 4. The Bucs sweep the first day winning 7-4 and 3-2 then on Monday they beat Wayland Dean 9-2 to go up by 6 games. When the Giants go west again McGraw will stay home. The Pirates boast a team BA of .307 and a deep pitching staff of 5 pitchers winning 15 to 19 games.
Apr 11, 1925 - Before 15000 at the Polo Grounds the Senators and Giants reprise their World Series competition. The Nats take this contest 9-4 and will win tomorrow to even the pre-season series at 6 games apiece.
Sep 20, 1924 - Pete Alexander slows the pennant-bound Giants and earns his 300th career victory in the process. The Cubs top the Giants in 12 innings at the Polo Grounds 7-3. Hartnett has 4 hits while Pete is 1-for-6 at the plate.
Sep 10, 1924 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants rip the Braves 22-1 in the opener of a doubleheader. Frankie Frisch goes 6-for-6 before grounding out. They let up a bit in game 2 winning just 8-0 behind George McQuillan.
Jun 26, 1924 - In the first pitching matchup of brothers in ML history Jesse Barnes of the Boston Braves opposes his younger brother Virgil of the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. Virgil receives a no decision while Jesse takes the loss as the Giants win 8-1. The Barnes will match up four more times during their careers including three days from now.
Jun 14, 1924 - Giants 1B George "Highpockets" Kelly hits 3 HRs to drive in all 8 New York runs in an 8-6 win over the Reds. It is the second time that Kelly has smacked three homers in a game the first 20th-C player to accomplish the feat. After his last homer sails into the bleachers at the Polo Grounds Kelly is mobbed by fans before reaching 2B and he opts to head straight for the center field clubhouse. Umpire Ernie Quigley warns Kelly about not touching all the bases but head ump Hank O'Day overrules Quigley and says it is the call of the official scorer. NL Prexy Heydler later rules the hit a home run but admonishes Kelly for not rounding the bases and promises a clarification of the rules. Kelly's one-man offensive-a ML record for all runs driven in by one player-will be matched by Bob Johnson on June 12 1938. The win allows the Giants to move into a first-place tie with the Cubs.
Oct 23, 1923 - Babe Ruth makes a post-season appearance in a Giants uniform as the Giants defeat the Baltimore Orioles 9-0. Ruth hits a HR over the RF roof at the Polo Grounds. The game is a benefit for destitute former Giants owner John Day.
Jul 15, 1923 - At the Polo Grounds Cubs outfielder Barney Friberg breaks a 5-5 tie by belting a 10th inning grand slam off Claude Jonnard to give Grover Alexander a 9-5 win. Pete is now 29-28 lifetime versus the Giants.
Sep 23, 1922 - Rogers Hornsby belts his 40th homer a solo shot in the 6th at the Polo Grounds but the Giants hang on to win 7-5. Ross Youngs saves a homer in the 9th when he leaps to snag Jack Smith's drive. Jack Scott hits 4-for-4 and pitches all the way for the win to keep the Giants six games in front of Pittsburgh.
Sep 10, 1922 - The Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds. An estimated 40000 overflow the stadium with another 25000 turned away. Joe Bush beats the Philadelphia A's 10-3 in the opener and Waite Hoyt edges the A's in the second 2-1. Plans are in the works to expand the park to 56000 capacity but this is the last regular season AL game at the Polo Grounds. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road and then open in Yankee Stadium next spring.
Sep 4, 1922 - At the start of the day both New York teams are on top and both Boston teams are on the bottom. But today the Red Sox will take 2 and knock the leaders off their perch as they sweep the Yankees 4-3 and 6-5. Babe Ruth hits his last regular season HR in the Polo Grounds. He gets it off Herb Pennock who also gave up Ruth's first Yankee homer also at the Polo Grounds.
Aug 25, 1922 - In the first of a doubleheader before a sold-out Polo Grounds the Browns beat the Yankees 3-1 behind Urban Shocker. Waite Hoyt is the loser but stops Ken Williams hit streak at 28 consecutive games. George Sisler hits in his 24th straight game. In game 2 the Yankee jump to a 2-0 lead on Ruth's 2-run triple then extend it to 6-1 behind Joe Bush. The Browns close to 6-5 but that is it.
Aug 22, 1922 - At the Polo Grounds Indians P George Uhle singles in the 6th inning and the Yankees (as noted by Retrosheet) allow a courtesy pinch runner Les Nunnamaker while Uhle gets his shoe repaired. Uhle returns to mound to finish the game winning 6-2. The loss drop New York to 2nd place behind St. Louis.
Jun 14, 1922 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants demolish the Pirates 13-0 behind the pitching of Phil Douglas and now lead the NL by 5 games. For the Buccaneers it is their first shutout of the year. They'll suffer only one more whitewash to lead the NL after being shutout the most (14) last season.
Jun 10, 1922 - The Giants raise their WS pennant on George Burns Day; it's the first appearance at the Polo Grounds for the popular outfielder now with the Reds after 10 years in a Giants uniform. The Giants win 3-2.
May 20, 1922 - Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel (and since-traded pitcher Bill Piercy) suspended on October 16 1921 by Judge Landis are reinstated and return to the New York lineup going hitless in New York's 8-2 loss to the rallying Browns at the Polo Grounds. The Browns down 2-0 after 7 score one in the 8th and 7 in the 9th six of them coming after the game-ending out is called by ump Ollie Chill at first base. Pitcher Sam Jones taking the throw at 1B from Wally Pipp apparently makes the 3rd out and fans swarm the field. But Jones does not hold onto the ball cleanly and plate ump Brick Owens instructs Chill to make a safe call. The tying run scores on the play and when the action resumes 15 minutes later Wally Gerber singles to make the score 3-2. Walks to Sisler and Williams force home another run and Baby Doll Jacobson clears the bases with a grand slam into the RF stands to complete the scoring. Winner Urban Shocker allows just three hits including a two-run homer by second baseman Aaron Ward. The loss to Jones starts him on a 10-game losing streak while a cold Ban Johnson will let umpire Ollie Chill go after the season.
Apr 25, 1922 - Promising rookie outfielder Ralph Shinners is beaned by Phils righty George Smith in a 9-2 Giants win. When Shinners returns in a few days he is not the same hitter. An angry John McGraw accuses Smith of a deliberate beaning and Shinners and Smith will later brawl at the Polo Grounds over the beaning. McGraw will finally send the Giants rookie down on August 3rd.
Oct 5, 1921 - In the first one-city WS since 1906 the Polo Grounds will be the site for all 9 games. Carl Mays (27-9) is at his best needing 86 pitches to set the Giants down with 5 hits-4 of them by Frank Frisch. Ruth drives in the first run of the Series in the opening inning of this 3-0 Yankee win. Mike McNally subbing for Frank Baker at 3B steals home in the 5th while Phil Douglas (15-10) is winding up. The game is broadcast on KDKA radio with Grantland Rice announcing. It is the only game of the season's WS to be aired.
Sep 29, 1921 - With New York in 1st place by 1 1/2 games over Cleveland and facing the Indians in the 4th game of the series Miller Huggins polls his players to find out who they'd like to see start. The team elects to go with veteran Jack Quinn but the spitballer comes up dry giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning before Waite Hoyt relieves. Ruth hits a 1st inning HR adds an RBI double in the 3rd and a 2-run HR in the 5th to give the Yankees the lead. Carl Mays who took over in the 5th strikes out Steve O'Neill with 2 on in the 9th to end it 5-4. The win increases New York's lead to 2 1/2 games. The four-game series at the Polo Grounds draws a record 147000 people.
Sep 25, 1921 - At the Polo Grounds 38000 watch the Yankees thrash the 2nd place Indians 21-7 to move a full game ahead of the Tribe. The Yanks knock out Caldwell in the 2nd and dust Mails for 10 runs in his 2 innings. In the 4th the Yankees bat around without an out being record. The 10th batter Peck singles for his 2nd hit of the inning as manager Speaker watches from CF. Bob Meusel as a triple with 2 on and a homer with 2 on to pace the 20-hit offense. Carl Mays has 3 hits and goes the distance for the win.
Sep 24, 1921 - At the Polo Grounds George Uhle shuts out the Yankees for a 9-0 win to put the Indians back in a virtual tie with New York for 1st place. OF Smoky Joe Wood has a triple and in 66 games he will have 60 RBI in 194 at bats the most ever by a player with less than 200 AB. He won't play tomorrow.
Jul 4, 1921 - In the 2nd of 2 at New York the Yankees Carl Mays submarines the A's 14-4 for his 14th straight win over Philadelphia. Bob Shawkey wins the opener 6-4 as Home Run Baker clubs 2 with Ruth on each time. Baker will total 16 home runs for 1921-22 all coming at the Polo Grounds.
Jun 14, 1921 - Ruth hits 2 more HRs his 6th and 7th in 5 games including his 2nd in 2 days into the CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds in a 9-6 win over the Tigers. Hooks Dauss does the teeing up today.
Jun 13, 1921 - At the Polo Grounds Ruth hits two homers and pitches the first five innings for New York and the Yanks hang on for a 13-8 victory over Detroit. The Babe gives up 4 runs but strikes out Ty Cobb and is credited with the victory. Ruth's 2nd homer goes 460 feet into the right CF bleachers at the Polo Grounds the first HR ever hit to that spot. The Bambino retires The Peach twice today and Cobb's bottom-line batting average versus Ruth finishes is .354 (23 for 65).
May 30, 1921 -
The Giants take a pair from the Phillies 5-1 and 13-7. Before the start of the afternoon game a memorial to Captain Eddie Grant killed in action in the Argonne Forest October 20 1918 is unveiled at the Polo Grounds. One of the speakers is Grantland Rice who reads a poem he has written for the occasion.
Far from the Game and the cheering of old
A cross in the Argonne will tell you the story
Where each one may read on its rain-battered mold
A final box score that is written in glory.
A final box score of a Player who gave
The flag that he fought for his ghost-and his grave.
Green be his couch where the white lilies lean
Crimson the poppies that keep guard above him.
Gentle the darkness that gathers between
The Player at rest and the torn hearts that love him.
God give him refuge where Life's flag is furled
A dreamer gone back to the dust of the world.
Low be the lost winds of France that must creep
Over his rest in the Last Tavern lying.
Good send Thy dreams where the Darkness is deep
Father Thy care when the wild storms are flying.
No monarch there-but the soul of a Man-
We speak for a Brother-for One of the Clan!
May 16, 1921 - During the 7-4 Giants win over the Reds at the Polo Grounds Giants' fan Reuben Berman refuses to return a foul ball and he is detained given his ticket price back and ejected from the park. Berman sues for $20000 and wins a $100 claim in court. The Giants will then allow fans to keep foul balls. The Cubs were the first to institute the policy in 1916. The Pirates will follow suit in two months.
Apr 24, 1921 - At the Polo Grounds Phil Douglas pitches a one-hitter to beat the Phils Lee Meadows 1-0. Kelly's triple scores Frisch with the lone run. The lone Quaker hit is a single by SS Ralph Miller.
Apr 13, 1921 - In the season opener for the Yankees warm weather and Babe Ruth contribute to 37000 fans crowding the Polo Grounds. After New York mayor John Hylan tosses out the first ball the Yankees tear into the A's beating them 11-1 as every New Yorker scores at least a run. The Yanks lead is only 2-1 into the bottom of the 7th but then they unload against Scott Perry. Bob Hasty gives up the last 6 New York runs. Ruth is 5-for-5 with two doubles and Carl Mays has as many hits-3-as he allows. He's now won 11 straight over the A's.
Sep 27, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Braves eliminate the 2nd-place Giants in game 2 by a 3-2 score on Boeckel's homer in the 9th. The Giants win the opener 2-1. The loss cinches the pennant for Brooklyn.
Sep 7, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Yankees Carl Mays shuts out the A's on a 4-hitter 2-0 for his 9th straight win over the A's. Two of the hits are clean and 2 are scratch. Rommel in relief of losing P Scott Perry strikes out Ruth Pratt and Meusel in the 8th.
Sep 6, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the 3rd-place Yankees win an A.M.-P.M doubleheader from the Athletics. Thormahlen wins the morning game 4-1 beating Dave Keefe who K's Ruth 3 times. In the afternoon Bob Shawkey tosses a 3-hitter to shut out the A's 5-0.
Aug 18, 1920 - Wally Pipp hits a 2-run inside-the-park homer in the 9th inning off Jim Bagby to give the Yankees a 4-3 over the first-place Indians at the Polo Grounds. Both teams wear black arm bands in memory of Ray Chapman; Mays is conspicuous in not wearing the arm band.
Aug 16, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds Cleveland SS Ray Chapman 29 is beaned by a Carl Mays pitch. A righthanded batter who crowds the plate Chapman freezes and fails to get out of the way of the submarine delivery. He is carried from the field and dies the next day from a fractured skull. Mays a surly unpopular pitcher will be the target of fans' and players' outrage. Chapman a Cleveland favorite since his debut in 1912 had been married the previous year. In October his wife will receive a full World Series share $3986.34. The incident has no effect on Mays's pitching. One week later he will blank Detroit 10-0 and go on to win 26 and lose 11. Joe Sewell will be called up to take Chapman's place and for 14 years he will be the hardest man in baseball to strike out. The Indians ahead 3-0 at the time of the beaning edge the Yanks 4-3 to open a half-game lead on the idle White Sox.
Aug 13, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds Fred Toney makes 3 wild pitches all of which figure in the scoring as he loses to Brooklyn 4-2. Two of the heaves come in the 4th with the bases loaded and all 3 runs score. The last comes in the 8th and puts Myers in a position to score.
Jul 20, 1920 - With two outs in the 9th the White Sox score four to defeat the Yankees 7-5. The Yanks load the bases in their half of the 9th and fail to score. Babe Ruth poles his 32nd homer in the losing cause. The Yanks come back to win the 2nd game 6-3 behind George Mogridge. Ruth is hitless but Wally Pipp hits a homer. The series at the Polo Grounds sets a new attendance record of 120000 for the four days.
Jul 2, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants pound out six homers to earn a split with the Braves. Boston takes the opener 9-7 in 11 innings but the Giants cop the 2nd game 13-4. In the first game Boston scores two in the 9th to take the lead but New York used homers by Larry Doyle and George Burns to tie but reliever Phil Douglas gives it back in the 11th. Douglas starts game 2 and is more effective taking the victory to end the day at 1-1. Larry Doyle is 4-for-4 in game 2 including another homer. Benny Kauff also homers in game 2 but it does him no good: after the game the Giants trade Kauff along with Wilbur Hubbell and cash to Toronto for OF Vernon Spencer. Kauff a .300 hitter never lived up to his reputation. Kauff will later be accused of receiving stolen goods in New York and newly appointed commissioner Landis will bar him for life. The Giants also waive utility infielder Edward Sicking to the Reds.
Jun 8, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Reds' Edd Roush falls asleep in CF during a long argument in the infield. Heinie Groh goes out to wake him but the ump ejects Roush for delaying the game. As a result of the long argument McGraw announces that he will file a protest if the Giants lose. But they don't winning 5-4 behind Jesse Barnes.
May 31, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Yankees outslug Washington winning 7-6 in the morning game and 10-7 in the afternoon match. New York wins the opener with three runs in the 9th to pin the loss on reliever Al Schacht. George Mogridge is the winner. New York scores 5 in the 6th when Duff Lewis and Truck Hannah hit back-to-back homers and the Yanks get a single and two triples to knock out Shaw. In the afternoon game before 38000 fans Walter Johnson pitches 4 2/3 innings of ineffective relief for the Nats and gives up a tremendous HR by Ruth in the 8th that hits the facade on the upper deck in right field. A bright spot for Washington is Braggo Roth who swipes four bases including 2B and 3B in the 4th inning then swiping home on the front end of a double steal: Braggo will swipe another 4 on June 12. Peckinpaugh has four hits in game 2 including a pair of doubles and a triple.
May 27, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Braves defeat the Giants twice 5-2 and 5-0. Rudolph and Scott are the winning pitchers while Winters with 3 2/3 innings in game 1 and Barnes are the losers. Winters hits Les Mann twice with pitches and when Barnes plunks him on the elbow in game 2 Mann is forced to leave. The two teams combine for 45 (Braves 26) runners left on base considered a record at the time.
May 27, 1920 - Composer Louis Hirsch sues the Yankees for $100000 because of an incident at the Yankee game at the Polo Grounds on the 24th. To avoid sitting next to a cigar smoker Hirsch switched seats with his brother. An usher informed him it was against the rules to shift seats and ordered the two brothers to switch back. Hirsch refused and was forcibly ejected from the stands.
May 25, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Yanks top the Tigers 4-3 with Babe Ruth's 2 run HR providing the margin. It's the Babe's 8th HR of the year breaking a tie for the AL lead with Chicago's Happy Felsch.
May 16, 1920 - Before an overflow house of 38000-their biggest crowd since 1911 at the Polo Grounds the Indians jump on Carl Mays for 5 runs in the 1st inning and coast to an 8-2 win over the Yankees. Jim Bagby is the winner allowing a single run until the 9th when Ruth doubles home the second score.
May 15, 1920 - At the Polo Grounds the Yankees beat Cleveland handing Stan Coveleski (7-1) his first loss of the year. Pitcher Jack Quinn hits a homer off Coveleski with a man on in the 8th to win 2-0. Quinn allows just 4 hits with only one runner getting past 1B. Ruth is 0-for-1 tohugh the official socrec ard has him at 0-for-2 a discrepancy that will not be corrected till 2005.
May 14, 1920 - The Giants inform the Yankees that after the 1920 season the lease allowing the American Leaguers to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed. No reason is given but the recent signing of Babe Ruth appears to be the main cause. Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert responds that the Giants "have gone back on their word." The Giants cave in a week later but by then Ruppert has initiated plans to obtain a site for his own park.
May 1, 1920 - Babe Ruth hits his first HR and the 50th of his career as a Yankee in a 6-0 win over the Red Sox. The HR clears the RF roof of the Polo Grounds duplicating the feat of Joe Jackson. Duffy Lewis adds a homer both coming off Herb Pennock. During the game Yankee bench hecklers Carl Mays Ernie Shore and Frank O'Doul manage to get themselves ejected.
Sep 24, 1919 - After the Red Sox win the opener behind Jack Quinn 4-0 at the Polo Grounds Boston's Waite Hoyt pitches 9 perfect innings -27 outs-against the Yankees but they come in between the 4th and the 13th in which he gives up hits. He loses 2-1 in the 13th when Wally Pipp triples and scores on Del Pratt's sac fly to Ruth. Boston's only score is the Babe's 28th homer of the year off Bob Shawkey in the 9th to "set a new world's record" (NY Times). It is believed to be the longest hit at the Polo Grounds heading over the RF roof and landing on adjacent Manhattan Field.
Sep 10, 1919 - The Indians' Ray "Slim" Caldwell struck by lightning 2 weeks earlier no-hits his former teammates the Yankees 3-0 at the Polo Grounds. He uses a spitball effectively in facing just 29 batters. Carl Mays takes the loss giving up 6 hits including a 2-run homer by Joe Harris. In the 2nd game the Indians win as well 3-2. Peckinpaugh accepts another 20 chances in the twinbill.
Aug 15, 1919 - The Reds Greasy Neale swipes 2B 3B and home in the 9th to help Cincy win 4-0 over the Giants at the Polo Grounds. in game 2 of the twinbill The Reds win the opener 4-3. The Giants make up for the loss by picking up Art Nehf from the Braves in exchange for righties Joe Oeschger Red Causey Johnny Jones C Mickey O'Neil and $55000. Nehf will help pitch the Giants to four pennants.
Aug 7, 1919 - Before the start of the New York-St. Louis doubleheader at the Polo Grounds the Yankees present the umpires with a temporary court injunction restraining Ban Johnson's order preventing Carl Mays from pitching further eroding Johnson's authority and standing. Mays then pitches a 6-hitter in the nitecap beating the Browns 8-2. Mays' 9-3 record will be key to the Yankees' 3rd place finish.
Apr 23, 1919 - At the Polo Grounds 30000 fans watch the Red Sox roll over the Yankees 10-0 behind Carl Mays. Babe Ruth bounces a ball over Lewis's head for an inside-the-park homer in his first at bat and drives in 2 runs while Wally Schang has three doubles and a single. Former Sox star Duffy Lewis who missed the 1918 season while serving in the military is hitless in his Yankee debut. George Mogridge takes the loss allowing six runs in the 9th inning when SS Roger Peckinpaugh makes his 2nd and 3rd errors of the game.
Aug 19, 1918 - Jack Quinn pitching for the White Sox trims the Yanks 4-1 at the Polo Grounds. While the Yankees maintain the Quinn who was in the minor leagues is their property he is wearing a Sox uniform while Jack Fournier awarded to the Sox is at 1B for New York. Fournier has 3 hits today off Quinn who has yet to lose. A busy Ray Caldwell who pitched Saturday for his Weehawken ship yard team (and reportedly played CF for them on Sunday) is the loser.
Aug 6, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants Pete Compton drives home Art Fletcher in the bottom of the 9th to beat Matty's Reds 4-3. Bob Steele acquired from the Bucs is the winner over Jimmie Ring. Lee Magee with his face swollen after yesterday's fight sits out the game for the Reds and Heinie Zimmerman on doctor's orders to avoid the near 90+ degree heat watches for the Giants.
Aug 1, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds the league-leading Cubs win 5-0 over the 2nd place Giants. For the 2nd time this season Hippo Vaughn gives up just one hit a safety by Heinie Zimmerman in the 2nd in beating Fred Toney recently acquired from the Reds. The Cubs now lead the NL by 4.
Jul 27, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds the Pirates take the first game in the series with the Giants 8-4. The Bucs score 5 in the 7th after Larry Doyle fumbles a ball which should have been the 3rd out. Frank "Bullet" Miller is the winner over Bill Demaree.
Jul 25, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants beat the Cardinals twice by 3-2 scores. Pol Perritt and Causey are the winners as the 2nd place Giants pick up a half game on the Cubs. Chicago leads the NL by 3 games.
Jul 8, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds the Yankees come from behind to tie White Sox with 3 runs in the 8th then win in the 9th 6-5 on Frank Baker's 100th hit of the season. Baker is the first player to reach the century mark in hits this year.
Jul 2, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds Long Cy Williams clouts a three-run homer in the 7th off Slim Sallee to lead the Phillies to 5-2 win over the Giants. But several bright spots for the Giants include the appearances of Laughing Larry Doyle and Ferdie Schupp both out of the lineup for months. Doyle was hitting .420 when was hit by a pitch on May 4th and has been in the hospital for much of the interim. Before the game each of the 20 Philley players was presented with a new wrist watch because Bob Meusel hit the Ingersoll watch sign on the outfield fence the other day.
Jun 25, 1918 - Babe Ruth pounds out his 9th homer of the year off Allan Russell as the Red Sox and Sam Jones beat the Yankees 7-3. It is the Babe's 3rd of the season into the upper deck at the Polo Grounds. But the Yanks will win the next two games to retake first place from Boston.
May 6, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds Babe Ruth subs for the injured Dick Hoblitzel at first base and bats 6th. It is the first time Ruth hits in any other spot besides 9th. He goes 2-for-4 with a home run as the Sox lose 10-3. Ping Bodie has 5 RBIs as the Yankees sweep the 3-game series.
May 4, 1918 - At the Polo Grounds the Yankees lay down a ML record (since tied) of 8 sacrifices 6 coming on bunts and nudge Boston 5-4. The bunting by New York takes advantage of Boston lefty Babe Ruth who is nursing a hangover. Babe makes 2 errors and has 9 assists handling 13 fielding chances. Despite contributing his first homer of the year plus a double Ruth loses to Allan Russell. Boston's 1B Dick Hoblitzell injures his finger and in the next game Ruth will make his first career start as a position player.
Sep 24, 1917 - At the Polo Grounds Slim Sallee tops the Cards 2-1 and clinches the N.L. pennant for the Giants their 6th under McGraw. The New Yorkers manage just 4 hits (and six walks) off Bill Doaks but they come when needed.
Sep 17, 1917 - At Boston the Braves whip the Pirates 4-1. Honus Wagner makes his last appearance of the year and is pinch hit for by Bill Wanger. Wanger strikes out. Wagner has played sparingly since being spiked by Stengel on July 14; at the Polo Grounds on August 29 he played SS the only game of the year at that position.
Sep 15, 1917 - At the Polo Grounds Boston's Babe Ruth takes an 8-0 lead into the 9th before allowing 3 Yankee runs. He finishes with a complete game 8-3 win and slugs his 2nd and last homer of the season.
Sep 11, 1917 - The Giants sweep the Robins at the Polo Grounds. New York takes the opener 3-2 by scoring the winning run in the 10th on George Burns inside the park homer. They do it again in the nitecap scoring two runs in the 9th to beat Jack Coombs. Pol Perritt with relief help in the 9th wins.
Aug 19, 1917 - As part of a benefit for the 69th New York regiment-which is about to depart for France-the Giants move up the date of a game against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2100 European-bound troops march from the armory on 25th Street and Lexington Avenue to the East River at 34th Street where a ferry takes them to the foot of 157th Street. The troops parade to the Polo Grounds entering through the Eighth Avenue gate and drill on the field. A concert follows. Then the Giants play their first official Sunday game within the city limits. More than 25000 fans watch the Reds shut out the Giants 5-0. The Giants circumvent the Sunday law by stipulating that they are charging patrons for the concert then allowing them to watch the game for free (with all proceeds turned over to war charities). But city officials try to prosecute the two managers-Christy Mathewson of Cincinnati and John McGraw of New York-for violating the Sunday Blue Law. Mathewson and McGraw will be called to court two days after the game but the charges against them will be quickly dismissed by Magistrate Frank McQuade who actually praises them. (McQuade a rabid Giants fan later becomes part owner of the team.)
Aug 14, 1917 - The Giants and the Brooklyn Robins split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds. New York's Ferdie Schupp takes the opener 5-4 and ex-Giant Rube Marquard wins the 2nd game for Brooklyn 3-1. A highlight of the nitecap is a fight between Brooklyn Casey Stengel and Giant SS Art Fletcher.
Jun 18, 1917 - At the Polo Grounds Yankee pitcher Ray Fisher walks Burt Shotton the Browns leadoff batter who comes around to score the game's only run. It's Fisher's only walk but he loses 1-0 to Bob Groom who tosses a six-hitter.
Apr 11, 1917 - In pregame drills before the Yankees Opening Day at the Polo Grounds the Yankees impress General Leonard Wood by marching in drills. The Sox having not practiced decline but then drill New York 10-3 in the game. Boston breaks a 3-3 tie with four runs in the 7th three coming home on round tripper by Dick Hoblitzell. Tilly Walker adds a double two triples and 4 RBIs for Boston while Babe Ruth allows just three hits all singles in beating Ray Caldwell.
Jun 26, 1916 - The Dodgers split with the Giants losing 11-8 before winning the nitecap 2-1. New York takes a 6-0 lead in the opener but the Dodgers score 5 in the 5th off starter Bill Perritt then put two on against reliever Rube Schauer. Mathewson then takes over and George Cutshaw cranks a 3-run homer to give the Dodgers an 8-6 lead. Matty allows just one other hit and New York comes back against Duster Mails to win. It is Mathewson's last major league victory. During the game police at the Polo Grounds and arrest three fans for not throwing back baseballs hit into the stands.
Jun 2, 1916 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants lose to the Reds in 13 innings 6-4. The Reds knock out starter Christy Mathewson with 4 runs in the first 3 innings then score two in the 13th off Bill Perritt for the win. The last score in the 13th on Hal Chase's steal of home.
Apr 12, 1916 - Before 20000 at the Polo Grounds the Yankees and Nationals battle 11 innings before the Nats push across an unearned run against starter Ray Caldwell to win 3-2. Walter Johnson strikes out 10 and walks none in the win. Frank Baker after sitting out last season in a salary protest has two of the five hits for New York while Clyde Milan homers for the Nats.
Oct 6, 1915 - In the 2nd game of a doubleheader Boston's 28th twinbill of the year Babe Ruth beats New York 4-2 to sweep the two. Ruth is now 17-3 since June 1st. Boston takes the opener 2-0 as Shore Leonard Wood and Mays split the mound duties with each one striking out 3 Yankees. A crowd of 714 is at the Polo Grounds.
Aug 23, 1915 - At the Polo Grounds the Cardinals sweep two from the Giants winning 5-4 and 4-3 with reliever Hub Perdue picking up both victories. New York is in 7th place 8 1/2 games in back of the leading Phillies.
Jul 23, 1915 - In the first of two at the Polo Grounds Pittsburgh's Doc Johnston clouts a 3-run homer in the 3rd off Mathewson to lead the Pirates to a 6-1 win. The Bucs take the nitecap as well 4-3.
Jun 2, 1915 - At the Polo Grounds Babe Ruth and the traveling Red Sox stop the Yankees 7-1. Today's game is the last stop on a 29-day road trip for the Sox. Ruth allows 5 hits and bangs his 2nd ML homer a 3-run shot again connecting off Jack Warhop. After his 2nd inning drive the Babe is given two intentional walks. Ruth ends up kicking the bench and breaking his toe sidelining him for 2 weeks.
May 27, 1915 - At the Polo Grounds the Cards jump on Mathewson for 4 runs in the first inning. Matty stays to the 7th and the Giants tie the game at 5 runs apiece. The Cards push across the winning run in the 10th off Ralph Stroud.
May 8, 1915 - The NY Times headlines: "BALL GRABBERS, READ THIS. Guy Clarke Fined $3 for Taking Ball Hit Into Polo Grounds Bleachers. “It isn't safe to try to get away with a ball when a home run is hit into the bleachers at the Polo Grounds. Yesterday in the ninth inning Peckinpaugh of the Yankees hit a home run into the left field bleachers and the ball was grabbed by Guy Clarke, a chauffeur, of 68 West Ninety-eighth Street, who tried to get away with the prize. Tom Kelly, one of the park policemen, tried to pursuade Clarke to give it up but he refused, so he was arrested by a policeman who was summoned from outside of the park.” “In the Night Court, Magistrate Sims told Clark that he had no more right to take a baseball at the Polo Grounds than he had to take his (the magistrate's) watch. James McIlravy of the park police stated to the court that between twenty-five and thirty balls were lost at the grounds each week.” “Clark was fined $3."
May 8, 1915 - The NY Times headlines: "BALL GRABBERS, READ THIS. Guy Clarke Fined $3 for Taking Ball Hit Into Polo Grounds Bleachers. “It isn't safe to try to get away with a ball when a home run is hit into the bleachers at the Polo Grounds. Yesterday in the ninth inning Peckinpaugh of the Yankees hit a home run into the left field bleachers and the ball was grabbed by Guy Clarke, a chauffeur, of 68 West Ninety-eighth Street, who tried to get away with the prize. Tom Kelly, one of the park policemen, tried to pursuade Clarke to give it up but he refused, so he was arrested by a policeman who was summoned from outside of the park.” “In the Night Court, Magistrate Sims told Clark that he had no more right to take a baseball at the Polo Grounds than he had to take his (the magistrate's) watch. James McIlravy of the park police stated to the court that between twenty-five and thirty balls were lost at the grounds each week. Clark was fined $3."
May 6, 1915 - Red Sox P Babe Ruth clouts his first ML HR off the Yankees Jack Warhop in the 3rd inning at New York's Polo Grounds. Ruth has two other hits but loses the game in the 13th 4-3 as the Sox makes 4 errors behind him. Cy Pieh is the winner.
Sep 22, 1914 - At the Polo Grounds the Cubs score 5 runs in the 1st inning against Mathewson. It is all Larry Cheney needs as he tosses a 3-hitter to win 5-0. The Giants now trail the Braves by 5 games.
Aug 15, 1914 - At the Polo Grounds 32000 watch as Lefty Tyler and Christy Mathewson throw goose eggs for 9 innings. In the 10th Red Smith singles and Hank Gowdy triples him home. Matty then wild pitches home Gowdy for 2-0 lead. New York loads the bases in the 10th with no outs but Tyler slams the door with no Giants scoring. The Braves trail by 3 1/2.
Jun 29, 1914 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants and Dodgers battle to a split. Brooklyn lurches to an 8-7 win in the opener. In game 2 Giants starter Jeff Tesreau is tossed in the 3rd inning for disputing a call and Mathewson rushes in to relieve with the score 1-1. New York scores 4 in the 3rd off Frank Allen and goes on to win 8-6.
May 4, 1914 - At the Polo Grounds the Dodgers hit for the cycle against Mathewson in the 4th inning to take a 3-0 lead. Casey Stengel's double caps the scoring. But New York is gifted with two runs on an errant throw by catcher Lew McCarty in the 4th and they go on to win 4-3.
Apr 14, 1914 - Before 22000 at the Polo Grounds the Yankees rock the World Champion Athletics 8-2 driving Joe Bush from the mound after two innings. With only one starter Roy Hartzell back from last year's opening lineup New York scores 4 in the first and would have scored another in the 2nd inning but Jeff Sweeney falls rounding 3B. When the burly catcher is helped to his feet by coach and manager Frank Chance he is declared out by Billy Evans: a new rule prohibits coaches from helping runners. Sweeney redeems himself when he and pitcher Marty McHale pull off a double steal. New York has seven steals including two by Sweeney and Fritz Maisel who steals 2B and 3B in the 4th inning. Maisel will swipe 74 bases on the year while Sweeney will pick up 19 tops for Yankee catchers.
Oct 9, 1913 - In game 3 the A's have no trouble solving Jeff Tesreau. Rookie P Bullet Joe Bush throws a 5-hit 8-2 win before 36896 at the Polo Grounds the largest crowd of the Series. Again the Giants use Wiltse at 1B when Snodgrass pulls up lame.
Aug 14, 1913 - At the Polo Grounds the Pirates broadside Mathewson for 8 hits and 8 runs in just 3 innings. Wagner goes 4-for-5 on the afternoon with two hits off Matty: one a single and the other a 3-run homer. The only time the Giants get Hans out is when a pitch hits his bat as he tries to get out of way and the ball rolls fair. The Giants make a game of it but lose 8-6.
Jul 18, 1913 - At the Polo Grounds the Cards win the opener of two 4-3 with help from the error-prone Giants. In blanking the Cards 5-0 in the nitecap Christy Mathewson finally yields a base on balls ending a record string of 68 walkless innings pitched. Ed Konetchy draws the pass in the 8th. Matty's ML record won't be topped until Bill Fischer in 1962.
Jun 23, 1913 - Before 25000 at the Polo Grounds the Giants split with Brooklyn losing the opener in 10 innings 4-2 and winning the 2nd 5-1. Mathewson walks none in beating Cliff Curtis in the 2nd.
May 28, 1913 - At the Polo Grounds Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the first 8 innings against the Giants and exits with the score 6-6. Tom Seaton relieves but the Giants finally score in the 14th to win 7-6.
Apr 24, 1913 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants beat up veteran Earl Moore to score a 7-1 victory over the Phils. Tilly Shafer lines a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning to hasten Moore's departure. Joe Evers younger brother of Johnny pinch runs for Chief Meyers in the 3rd and is thrown out at 3rd during a double steal attempt. That is the extent of Joe's ML career.
Jan 22, 1913 - The Giants give the Yankees permission to use the Polo Grounds for the 1913 season only as the lease on the Hilltop grounds has expired. The Yankees will remain as tenants through 1922.
Oct 5, 1912 - The Yankees also play their last game at their field Hilltop Park beating the Senators 8-6 on the strength of Hal Chase's 3-run HR in the 8th and another homer by Jack Lelivelt. The win is the first in 10 games for last-place New York (50-102). Next year the team will play at the Polo Grounds. Homer Thompson in his only game in the majors is behind the plate for New York though he does not make a plate appearance; the last of 4 hurlers is his brother Tommy making them the first brother battery in AL history. Coach Nick Altrock in his first appearance in 3 years is the losing pitcher.
Sep 2, 1912 - In a rainy doubleheader at the Polo Grounds Red Sox ace Joe Wood tops the Yankees in the nitecap 1-0 for his 30th win and his 13th straight victory. It is Wood's 8th shutout and 2nd in a row. Boston takes the opening squeaker 2-1 to finish the year in New York with 10 wins in 10 tries. With 3 wins last year and 5 wins in their first 5 road games with New York in 1913 Boston will set the since-tied ML record for most consecutive wins on the road against one team (18).
Aug 3, 1912 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants score runs on two solo homers by Fred Merkle and one by Beals Becker off Art Fromme to beat the Reds 3-2. In a typical game Mathewson scatters 10 hits and walks none for the win. Armando Marsans is 4-for-4 for the Reds. With the 4-0 win yesterday and today's win the Giants have won 15 straight.
Apr 22, 1912 - The Giants schedule an exhibition game against the Yankees at the Polo Grounds on as a Sunday benefit for the relief fund set up for the Titanic. Instead of selling tickets for the game the Giants required fans to purchase a program which cost the same amount as the price of a ticket. More than 14000 fans come raising nearly $9500 for the relief fund through their program purchases. The Giants beat the Yankees 11-2.
Oct 25, 1911 - Before 33228 at the Polo Grounds the Giants put 3 hits together off Coombs in the last of the 9th for 2 runs and a 3-3 tie. The A's Eddie Plank comes on in the 10th and gives up the winning run on Fred Merkle's sac fly to Danny Murphy in the 4-3 contest. Larry Doyle scores from 3B leaping into the arms of his joyous teammates and missing home plate for the 'phantom run'. Ump Bill Klem notices it revealing the fact after the game but the A's fail to appeal. Relief specialist Doc Crandall gets the win after working 2 scoreless innings.
Oct 14, 1911 - The Athletics go into the WS minus their star rookie 1B Stuffy McInnis. The veteran Harry Davis replaces him and drives in the first run as Chief Bender tries again to outpitch Christy Mathewson. The Giants are dressed in the same black uniforms they wore in their 1905 conquest of the Mackmen and this Series starts as their last meeting ended: Mathewson wins it 2-1. The largest crowd ever to watch a ball game-38281-is at the Polo Grounds. Gate receipts are $77379.
Oct 7, 1911 - With just 1000 fans on hand at the Polo Grounds New York Giants' mascot Victory Faust hurls a 9th inning against Boston allowing a hit and a run in a 5-2 loss. Faust also hits circling the bases for a score as the Rustlers deliberately throw wildly. Faust will reprise his act on October 12th against Brooklyn: he allows a hit in his one inning; is hit by a pitch and then steals 2B and 3B and scores on a grounder.
Aug 26, 1911 - Pittsburgh playing without Wagner is no match for Christy Mathewson as the Giants win 6-2. Tommy Leach filling in for Wagner at SS makes three errors behind Howie Camnitz. The Giants announce that for the first 11 playing days at the new Polo Grounds the average attendance was 23864.
Aug 19, 1911 - Thirty-five thousand gather at the not-yet-completed Polo Grounds to watch the Reds finally get to Christy Mathewson after 22 straight losses beating him for the first time since May 1908. Matty after saving the 5-4 opener for Wiltse with two scoreless frames starts the nightcap goes 5 innings and loses 7-4. Mike Mitchell leads the Reds in the nitecap by hitting for the cycle off Matty and adding a double. A crowd of 35000 views the loss.
Aug 16, 1911 - At the Polo Grounds it takes Christy Mathewson just 92 pitches to top the Reds 6-1. Big Six allows just two Cincy hits in beating George Suggs. It is Matty's 22nd straight win over the Ohioans. The New York American asserts that this game is a major-league record for fewest pitches "although the organized baseball record at the time is said to belong to 'one Mr. Delhi of the Pacific Coast League' who pitched only 75 balls in a game." (the latter noted by R.J. Lesch)
Jul 10, 1911 - At the Polo Grounds Chicago scores unearned runs in 3 innings to beat Mathewson 3-2 in 10 innings.
Jun 28, 1911 - Just two and a half months after a fire destroyed the old Polo Grounds the new grounds open for business. The old bleachers seating 10000 were untouched but the new double-decker seats another 16000. Only 6000 fans show up for the inauguration as Mathewson shuts out the Rustlers 3-0 on 9 hits. While guests at the Highlanders Hilltop Park the Giants won 21 of 29 games.
Apr 13, 1911 - Phillies P Jack Rowan allows just 3 hits while his teammates pepper Christy Mathewson for 14 hits in 18 innings. The Quakers beat the Giants 6-1. Hours later the Polo Grounds grandstand and LF bleachers ignite in a mysterious fire lighting up the night sky with flames. President Frank Farrell of the Highlanders invites the Giants to use the AL grounds Hilltop Park; the offer is accepted paving the way for the Giants' invitation for the AL team to use the Polo Grounds when the Hilltop Park lease expires after the 1912 season. A $500000 steel-and-concrete structure will replace the wooden stands of the Polo Grounds.
Apr 12, 1911 - In front of Mayor Gaynor and a record crowd of 30000 at the Polo Grounds the Phillies' Earl Moore walks 8 but shuts out the Giants 2-0 in the season opener. The Phils score twice in the 9th on a double by Fred Luderus. Red Ames is the loser as Mathewson is being held out for Saturday's game. The game takes 1 hour 50 minutes (this game is often noted as taking just 50 minutes).
Oct 13, 1910 - At the Polo Grounds 25000 fans show up for the start of the City Series between the Giants and Highlanders and to watch Christy Mathewson and rookie phenom Russ Ford square off. The score is 1-1 when Mathewson and Devore single in the bottom of the 8th. An error loads the bases and Ford plunks Al Bridwell to score the winning run. The Giants score 3 more for a 5-1 win with Matty striking out 14 Highlanders. The American Leaguers will win tomorrow when Jack Warhop tops Hooks Wiltse but the Giants take the game on the 15th when Matty preserves the 5-1 win for Drucke. Matty will win game 4 by another 5-1 score.
Sep 30, 1910 - In a shootout at the Polo Grounds Beals Becker hits a pinch grand slam inside-the-park as the Giants outslug Brooklyn 17-8. It is the 2nd pinch slam IPHR in ML history; Mike O'Neill hit the first.
Aug 2, 1910 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants score 4 runs in the 1st off Orval Overall but Overall tightens his belt and allows no more scoring. The Cubs come back with 5 runs off Mathewson to win 5-4.
Jun 29, 1910 - At the Polo Grounds Mathewson relieves in the 9th with the Giants ahead of the Phils 2-0. The Quakers rattle Matty for 4 hits and 2 runs to tie but in the bottom of the 10th Mathewson lines a single to score Merkle with the game winner.
May 8, 1910 - The New York Times reports on a foul ball hit into the stands during yesterday’s 7-2 Giants win over the Phils: "The topic which is now to be discussed is slightly removed from the silver thread of romance which runs carelessly through this new item, but nevertheless it ought to be stated that the Pinkertons at the Polo Grounds have started some classy detective work to redeem the numerous new white baseballs which drip into the stands during a game. One foul yesterday shot into the lower rows of the stand back of third base. Old gum-shoes, who was on duty there, kept his eye peeled and saw it drop into the crowd. He went after it. Five hundred voices yipped" 'He's got it,' and 500 fingers pointed at 500 different people. Why, Bryan had a better chance of being President than that Pink had of finding the ball. Just by way of diversion the crowd took the Pink's hat and untied his necktie by way of showing that there are still a few fresh ones left on earth who can be playful with the law. The only thing the detective found was his way out of the crowd."
Sep 6, 1909 - In the holiday doubleheader at the Polo Grounds the Boston Doves take the opener 2-0 and New York wins the nitecap 5-4. Mathewson wins his own game for the Giants with a 10th inning triple to score Admiral Schlei.
Jun 23, 1909 - At the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson wins a doubleheader against Boston. Matty relieves Marquard in the opener with the score tied 4-4 in the 9th. After shutting down Boston the Giants score a run for the 5-4 win. Matty then coasts in the nitecap to an 11-1 win. Mathewson leaves after two innings with a 4-1 lead and Doc Crandall operates the rest of the way The official scorer awards the game to Christy
Oct 8, 1908 - According to published reports nearly 250000 fans show up at the Polo Grounds to watch the disputed replay of the September 23 game between the Cubs and Giants. The gates were closed at 1:30 for the 3:00 game but still fans tried to storm the gates. Fireman with high pressure hoses knocked down fans that tried to scale the walls. Nearly 40000 fans watched from Coogan's Bluff telephone poles and other vantage points. Two fans are killed when they fall from a pillar on the elevated subway platform. Later admitting he had nothing on the ball Mathewson loses 4-2 to the Cubs giving way to Hooks Wiltse in the 8th.: Three Fingered Brown relieving Jack Pfiester in the first gets the win. The Giants played to a record 910000 in attendance for the year a figure that will be unmatched until 1920.
Oct 4, 1908 - The Cubs and Pirates play their last game of the year before 30247 the largest crowd ever at Chicago's West Side Grounds. The Cubs win 5-2 behind Three Fingered Brown to eliminate the Pirates. Chicago ends the year at 98-55 while the Pirates finish at 98-56. Then they await the results of the 3 Giants games with Boston. Back in Pittsburgh 50000 people watch the progress of the Cub's game on temporary scoreboards. Fans fill New York's Polo Grounds to watch the action in the same way. Men with megaphones announce each pitch.
Sep 29, 1908 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants split with the Phils winning 6-2 and losing 7-0. Mathewson wins the opener despite giving up 9 hits. Philadelphia then operates on Doc Crandall for a 2nd game win.
Aug 10, 1908 - Twenty thousand fans the largest ever to watch a Monday game crowd the Polo Grounds to see the matchup of Christy Mathewson and the Cubs Orval Overall. Matty doesn't disappoint winning 3-2 but Overall allows just one hit in the loss. Roger Bresnahan's double in the 3-run 1st is the lone safety.
Jun 23, 1908 - The Braves and Giants split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds with the Giant taking the opener 6-3 and the Braves winning the nitecap 9-7. Mathewson preserves Joe McGinnity's win in game 1 pitching a perfect 9th inning; in the nitecap he relieves Dummy Taylor in the 9th with the score 7-7 but the Braves score twice for the win. Fred Merkle cracks his 1st ML homer against Patsy Flaherty in the nitecap.
Jun 6, 1908 - At the Polo Grounds Mathewson beats the Cardinals 3-2 for his 20th straight win over St. Louis stretching back to June 16 1904. Art Fromme takes the loss. Matty allows 4 hits and strikes out 8 including Joe Delahanty 3 times. He also walks two in a row an unusual occurrence.
Aug 17, 1907 - A matchup of Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson attracts a crowd of 20000 at the Polo Grounds. Matty is unhittable for 8 innings with only a bunt single for the Cubs. But Chicago scores 2 in the 9th to tie as reliever Jack Pfiester matches Matty for the last 3 innings. Johnny Kling wins it 3-2 for the Cubs in the 12th with a drive into the LF bleachers.
May 30, 1907 - In an A.M.-P.M. doubleheader The Phils edge the Giants in the morning contest as Lew Moren bests Hooks Wiltse 5-2. The afternoon match attracts 25000 to the Polo Grounds Mathewson scatters 8 hits to beat the Phillies 6-1.
May 21, 1907 - Three Fingered Brown and Christy Mathewson hook up in a pitching duel with the Chicago ace emerging the winner 3-2. Matty's batterymate Roger Bresnahan makes 2 errors to cause Christy Mathewson to lose his 1st of the year. Mobbed at the Polo Grounds after the loss umpires O'Day and Emslie require police protection. The crowd is egged on by McGraw who will be thrown out of games 7 times this year. The next day AL ump Billy Evans needs a police escort after argumentative Hugh Jennings incites a riot. Jennings will be suspended.
May 17, 1907 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants sweep two from the Cards by the scores of 2-1 and 4-0. Christy Mathewson wins the opener allowing just 3 hits in 12 innings while striking out 11. Matty's single in the bottom of the 12th off Fred Beebe provides the winning score. Joe McGinnity's shutout in the nitecap is New York's 16th victory in a row.
Oct 3, 1906 - The smallest crowd in Polo Grounds history-300-watches the Phils beat the Giants 3-1. The Giants will attract about 400000 over the season and be outdrawn by the Highlanders by about 20000.
Sep 3, 1906 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants flatten the Beaneaters twice 4-0 and 3-2. Mathewson wins his 17th in the opener beating a wild Jeff Pfeffer. Cy Seymour completes the scoring with a solo homer in the 8th inning. Hooks Wiltse in relief of Red Ames wins the nitecap.
Aug 7, 1906 - On McGraw's orders umpire Johnstone is refused admittance to the Polo Grounds and the ump standing outside the Polo Grounds forfeits the match to the Cubs. McGraw insists the game go on with a player from each team umpiring. McGraw picks reserve Sam Strang but Cubs manager Frank Chance refuses to go along pointing out the game has already been forfeited. Strang then forfeits the game to the Giants and Emslie the appointed ump from the Cubs then forfeits the game to the Cubs.
Jul 30, 1906 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants jump on Cincy's Bob Wicker lighting him up for 17 hits to win 9-1. Christy Mathewson and Cy Seymour each have 3 hits with Matty exiting the game after 6 innings. The umps call the game after 8 innings on account of darkness.
Jul 5, 1906 - At the Polo Grounds Boston's Jeff Pfeffer and Christy Mathewson match zeros for 8 innings before the Giants finally score in the 9th on a single by Sammy Strang. Matty allows 6 hits in the 1-0 win.
Jun 21, 1906 - At the Polo Grounds umpire Bob Emslie tosses John McGraw in the 4th inning but his fellow ump Hank O'Day goes one better banishing Joe McGinnity and first sacker Dan McGann in the 5th. Down 4-2 Mathewson relieves for the Giants and shuts out the Pirates over the last 4 innings. The Giants load the bases in the 9th and Chappie McFarland relieves a tired Sam Leever. A single scores one and with two outs Doc Marshall singles to score the winning run. Mathewson wins 5-4.
Jun 17, 1906 - At the Polo Grounds Mathewson appears in old form yielding 8 hits in beating the Cardinals 2-1. Jack Taylor takes the loss when 2B Pug Bennett bobbles Roger Bresnahan's grounder in the 8th and a run scores.
Jun 1, 1906 - Women appear at the Polo Grounds ticket windows for the first time. Coincidentally new ticket-selling machines are also introduced. Ticket holders today watch the Giants beat the Phillies 6-0.
Sep 12, 1905 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants and Brooklyn split a twinbill. Mathewson wins the opener 3-2 when Bill Dahlen singles home the winner in the 9th. The 2nd game is called after 7 innings with Brooklyn leading 8-5.
Jul 24, 1905 - Giant LF Sam Mertes makes an unassisted double play to help New York stop the Reds 4-3 at the Polo Grounds. In the 2nd inning the Reds have one out and a runner on 3rd outfielder Cy Seymour once a wild pitcher for the Giants. Mertes catches a short fly off the bat of George Schlei and continues running to double off Cy.
Jul 21, 1905 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants score 6 runs in the 2nd inning against St. Louis with Sam Mertes' grand slam providing the big blow. Mathewson is given the afternoon off after 5 innings with New York in command 10-2. New York wins 14-2 pinning the loss on Jack Taylor.
Jun 24, 1905 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants beat Boston 2-1 in 12 innings with Mathewson getting the win. With 2 outs in the 12th Matty hits a flyball to CF Rip Cannell who drops the ball. Catcher Frank Bowerman on 1B chugs around with the winning run. Irv Young is the unfortunate loser.
May 19, 1905 - Banished yesterday for brawling with Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke John McGraw roams the Polo Grounds before today's game with the Pirates shouting insults at Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss. McGraw accuses him of controlling the NL umpires through league president Harry Pulliam and welching on gambling debts. McGraw is again ejected during the game. Dreyfuss will files a formal protest with the league about McGraw's behavior his swearing and his shouting "Hey Barney" at Dreyfuss from the field. He also contends that the Giants manager offered to wager $10000 that the Giants would win the game. McGraw responds to Dreyfuss' complaint by stating that NL President Pulliam could not "forget his former role as the secretary to Dreyfuss." A meeting of the Leagues directors results in a $150 fine and 15-day suspension for McGraw but John Brush immediately gets a Superior Court injunction blocking the suspension and further hearings exonerate McGraw. Today's match is won by New York 7-1 as Dummy Taylor bests Chick Robitaille.
Apr 14, 1905 - Wait Till Next Year: Boston's Kaiser Wilhelm loses to the Giants' Joe McGinnity 10-1 in the opener at the Polo Grounds before an enthusiastic estimate of 40000. He will ?nish the year 4-22 one of 4 Beaneaters who will lose 20 or more this year. The other 3 are Irv Young Vic Willis and Chick Fraser. The only other team ever to have a quartet of 20-game losers will be the Beaneaters again in 1906.
Sep 15, 1904 - Giants rookie Hooks Wiltse wins his 12th straight game beating Boston 3-2 at the Polo Grounds. Hooks sets a ML mark for consecutive games won at the start of a career a record that will be tied by relief hurler Butch Metzger in 1976. He'll end up at 13-3.
Sep 5, 1904 - In Front of 37000 fans the Giants sweep the Beaneaters beating Boston 6-1 and 4-3. Mathewson wins the opener beating Irv Wilhelm and is not scored upon until the 9th when Jim Delahanty and Tom Needham triple. Red Ames wins the nitecap. Following the Giant sweep excited fans hoist John McGraw up to carry him to the Polo Grounds field house. But McGraw gets dropped during the excitement sustaining a sprained ankle.
Aug 16, 1904 - The Pirates disappoint 23000 at the Polo Grounds by sweeping two from the Giants 7-2 and 4-1. The Bucs jump on Mathewson for 5 runs in two innings of the opener. It's the first doubleheader loss for New York this year.
Jul 4, 1904 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants sweep a doubleheader from the Phils to run their win streak to 18 games. This ties the record of the 1894 Orioles. New York wins the opener 4-1 behind Dummy Taylor then take the nitecap 11-3 behind Christy Mathewson. Matty leaves after 7 innings leading 11-1. The streak of 18 games matches one rung up by the 1885 White Stockings and the 1894 Baltimore Orioles: the record is 20 games held by the 1884 Providence Grays.
Jun 13, 1904 - At the Polo Grounds Chicago tops the Giants 3-2 as Three Fingered Brown outduels Christy Mathewson for the win. Frank Chance leads the Chicago offense by hitting for the cycle. The loss drops New York back into 2nd place one-half game behind Chicago.
Jun 11, 1904 - Before a record-breaking crowd of 38805 at New York's Polo Grounds Iron Joe McGinnity pitches 9 innings of scoreless ball against Chicago. The Colts Bob Wicker goes one better tossing 9 innings without allowing a hit before former Cub Sam Mertes singles with one out in the 10th to break the no hitter. Chicago win it in the 12th 1-0 when Johnny Evers' 2-out single off McGinnity scores Chance. It is Iron Joe's first loss after 14 straight wins. Wicker is near flawless allowing one other hit and striking out 10.
Jun 10, 1904 - In the opener of the battle for first place at the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson pitches a brilliant one-hitter to beat Chicago 5-0. The lone hit is Johnny Kling's 4th-inning single. The other action is provided by ump Charlie Zimmer who ejects Mertes on a strike call. He also thumbs John McGraw coaching at 3B to the bench and sends Dummy Taylor the 1B coach to the clubhouse. One wag said later that Taylor was making too much noise.
Jun 4, 1904 - At the Polo Grounds the largest baseball crowd ever (37223) cheers Iron Joe McGinnity trying for his 14th straight win against Cincinnati's Joe Harper. The game ends in a 2-2 deadlock after 11 innings.
May 28, 1904 - The Superbas score a run in the 10th against the Giants to take a 3-2 lead at the Polo Grounds but the Giants answer with a pair for a 4-3 win. After a walk by Billy Gilbert Jack Warner lines a pitch down the RF line into the stands 258 feet away for the dramatic win Joe McGinnity's 12th straight.
May 27, 1904 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants Dan McGann steals 5 bases in a 3-1 victory over Brooklyn a feat not duplicated in the NL until August 24 1974 by Davey Lopes. Otis Nixon will steal 6 for the record. Mathewson (5-5) is victorious over Ned Garvin. The win gives the Giants (21-10) a tie with Chicago for first place with the Reds in 3rd place by .001.
Apr 21, 1904 - In the Giants home opener more than 32000 fans crowd the Polo Grounds for the match against the Phillies. The visitors fail to cooperate hammering Mathewson for 6 hits and 7 runs in the 5th inning. Rookie Hooks Wiltse relieves but Philadelphia coasts to a 12-1 win.
Sep 7, 1903 - The Giants and Superbas split an odd A.M. - P.M. doubleheader with Brooklyn losing the first game at home 6-4 then dropping the afternoon game at the Polo Grounds 3-0. The morning contest almost degenerates into a brawl when batter Jimmy Sheckard interferes with a throw to 2B by Giants catcher Frank Bowerman by sticking his bat in front of it. The ball deflects off the bat but umpire Tim Hurst refuses to call interference. While the runner circles the bases the Giants ignore the ball and heatedly berate the ump's call. While no interference is called Sheckard is tossed out of the game.
Aug 24, 1903 - The Cubs split with the Giants at the Polo Grounds beating Joe McGinnity 7-3 in the opener. Iron Joe is not helped by 8 Giant errors including 5 by SS Charlie Babb. The nitecap is called after Chicago's at-bats in the 7th with the score 8-1. Mathewson picks up the victory for New York over Jock Menefee.
Aug 7, 1903 - The Giants sweep the Phillies at the Polo Grounds taking the opener 7-5 behind Christy Mathewson. Matty surrenders 5 hits but fans 10. Dummy Taylor wins the nitecap 6-2 to put the Giants back into 2nd place.
Jun 22, 1903 - At the Polo Grounds a crowd of 19000 is on hand for the twinbill with Chicago; Iron Joe McGinnity wins the opener 5-4 in 10 innings over Jack Taylor. But Chicago takes the nitecap scoring 6 runs against Mathewson in the 9th inning to enable Jock Menefee to pick up a win 10-6. Matty gives up 13 hits and 10 runs in losing his 4th game of the year.
Jun 18, 1903 - Opening a home stand at the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson and Chicago's Jake Weimer battle with Matty taking the loss 1-0. A walk to Jimmy Slagle with the bases loaded in the 6th provides Chicago with the needed margin. It is Matty's first loss in his last 10 decisions and it knocks the Giants out of first place. They won't be in first the rest of the year.
May 29, 1903 - At the Polo Grounds Mathewson tosses his 2nd shut out of the year blanking Boston 3-0 to keep New York in first place. A split with Boston tomorrow will drop them a half game off the pace.
May 16, 1903 - A record 31500 at the Polo Grounds see the Giants beat Pittsburgh 7-3 behind Christy Mathewson. Matty allows 8 hits in beating William Kennedy who is bricked for 13 safeties. The first-place New Yorkers will soon fade and the Pirates now in 3rd place will win their 3rd straight pennant.
May 7, 1903 - At the Polo Grounds Giants 1B Dan McGann steals four bases to lead New York to an 8-4 win over the Phillies. Mathewson beats the Phils for the 2nd time in a week scattering 9 hits. Teammate Iron Joe McGinnity a bench spectator is tossed in the 8th inning by umpire August Moran for mouthing off too much.
Apr 17, 1903 - At the Opener at the Polo Grounds Brooklyn scores 4 in the first against Christy Mathewson but New York counters to take a 5-4 lead. Matty allows another 5 runs as his teammates contribute six errors. Brooklyn wins 9-7 behind rookie Henry Schmidt.
Sep 1, 1902 - At the Polo Grounds the last-place Giants follow a successful road trip (7-4) by dropping two games to the Cards. St. Louis wins 6-4 in game 1 as 5 of the first 6 batters in the 2nd inning lay down bunts. 3 runs score. The Cards then pummel Mathewson for 12 hits in the nitecap to win 8-2.
Aug 1, 1902 - At the Polo Grounds the Cards and Giants split a pair St. Louis topping Joe McGinnity in the opener to win 4-3 then losing 4-2. Christy Mathewson scatters 11 hits in beating Alex Pearson. In the opener the Giants have 3 runners thrown out at home in just 2 innings and 6 runners thrown out trying to steal or take an extra base. Showing their wide-open style Bresnahan scores from 2B on a bunt.
Apr 17, 1902 - After the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" before infield practice at the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson tosses a four-hit shutout over the Phillies. New York wins 7-0 beating Harry Felix before a crowd of 24000.
Aug 8, 1901 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants and Brooklyn split two Brooklyn winning the opener 3-0 before losing the nitecap to Christy Mathewson 4-1. Brooklyn threatens in the 6th putting two on with no outs but Matty K's Cozy Dolan allows a single then strikes out Tom Daly and Bill Dahlen to end the threat.
Jul 29, 1901 - At the Polo Grounds Boston's Kid Nichols and Christy Mathewson square off for a ten-inning shootout with Boston prevailing 5-4. Matty gives up 11 hits in bringing his record to 15-11.
Jul 1, 1901 - Colts 1B Jack Doyle harassed by a Polo Grounds fan jumps into the stands and hits him once with his left reinjuring his hand which he had broken several weeks before. The Giants' "Dummy" Taylor trims Chicago's Jack Taylor 6-4.
Jun 1, 1901 - At the Polo Grounds the first-place Giants top Boston Somersets' Kid Nichols 2-1 behind Christy Mathewson's 5-hitter. Matty fans 10 Boston batters much to the delight of the overflow crowd. He strikes out Gene DeMontreville in the 6th and when the bat sails out of the DeMontreville's hands on the 3rd strike Matty tosses it to 1B to complete the play.
May 21, 1901 - Giants fractious owner Andrew Freedman accuses umpire Billy Nash of incompetence and bars him from the Polo Grounds. Pirate Chief Zimmer and the Giants John Warner are forced to officiate. Mathewson then wins his 7th straight 2-1 but his scoreless streak stops at 39 innings when the Bucs score an unearned run in the 9th.
Sep 14, 1900 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants pull off the first triple play of the 20th century in a 5-1 win. With Chicago's Johnny Kling behind the plate Jack Doyle George Davis and Kid Gleason do the deed. It'll be another 10 years before a trifecta is pulled off in the NL.
Sep 13, 1900 - At the Polo Grounds Christy Mathewson makes his first start pitching a complete game loss to the Colts. Chicago wins 6-5 scoring 4 runs in the first thanks to an error by 1B Jack Doyle.
Sep 6, 1900 - At the Polo Grounds the Cardinals jump on Giants starter Ed Doheny scoring 8 runs in the first 3 innings. Christy Mathewson makes his first appearance in a month giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings of relief. St. Louis wins 11-4.
Apr 26, 1900 - On their way to the Polo Grounds New York Giants George Davis Kid Gleason and Mike Grady spot smoke rising from an apartment building and rush to help with the rescue. Davis climbs a fireman's ladder to rescue a woman who fainted in the heat and Gleason and Davis help a woman and child down a fire escape. Forty-five families are left homeless from the major blaze. Then the trio with Davis stroking a triple help the Giants against Boston scoring 5 in the 9th to tie 10-10. Boston then scores 3 in the top of the 10th and the Giants answer back by stalling waiting for darkness. One batter lights a newspaper and uses the torch to search for a bet causing fans in the stands to light newspapers as well. At 6:55 the game is called and the score reverts to a 10-10 tie. Giants Jack Doyle Mike Grady and Al Gelbach are fined $5 each but no forfeit is called.
Jun 11, 1898 - Cap Anson makes his debut as Giants manager and guides New York to a 6-2 win over Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds. Anson will not be happy with owner Andrew Freedman and last just 22 games at the Giants' helm before Joyce returns as manager
Jun 1, 1897 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants score 4 runs in the 6th and appear on the brink of scoring more when the Pirates refuse to continue play because of the calls of umpire Michael McDermott. The Bucs are leading 7-4 when McDermott declares a forfeit win to the Giants their second within a month.
Feb 16, 1896 - New York City Parks Commissioner McMillan announces a plan to cut a street through the Polo Grounds leading to the Speedway a new privately constructed horse track. The street is never built.
Jan 4, 1896 - A portion of the fence surrounding the Polo Grounds blows down in a fierce storm.
Sep 6, 1895 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants edge the 8th-place Pirates 7-6 in a seesaw game with George Davis scoring the winner in the 9th. With the score 3-3 in the last of the 5th Davis leads off with a drive to right field that Patsy Donovan runs down and throws to 2B. Hank O'Day the lone umpire who is right at the bag calls Davis safe prompting a long and loud argument from Pirates manager Connie Mack. Finally O'Day thumbs Mack out of the game the only time in his career as player and manager that Mack is ejected. A police escort is called for as Mack will not leave the field willingly.
Aug 24, 1893 - After incessant rains the Polo Grounds OF is flooded with nearly 2 feet of water. Officials respond by moving the diamond 45 feet closer to the grandstand. Chicago handles the conditions better and defeats New York 10-4.
Jun 13, 1891 - A new ML attendance record is set as 22289 jam the Polo Grounds to see the Giants nip the Colts 8-7. This crowd surpasses the old record of 22121 set in Brooklyn on Memorial Day 1989.
Apr 22, 1891 - Opening Day in the NL. The largest crowd (17355) is in New York where the Giants lose to the Boston Beaneaters 4-3 on a 9th-inning muff by CF George Gore. The game is the first NL game in last year's PL Polo Grounds at 157th St. and 8th Avenue imm3diately north of the old NL Polo Grounds. This site will serve the Giants through 1957 and the Mets in 1962-63.
Jun 9, 1890 - Brooklyn beats Syracuse 13-7 as the AA club begins playing the rest of its home games at the Polo Grounds except on Sundays when a Long Island park is used.
Apr 29, 1890 - On the island of Malta baseball teams from Atlanta and Boston treat British military officers and their families to an exciting and hotly contested game on the polo grounds. Atlanta wins 20-15.
Oct 18, 1889 - The best-of-11 World Series between Brooklyn (AA) and New York (NL) opens at the Polo Grounds with the Bridegrooms winning 12-10 in 8 innings. Oyster Burns is 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs including the game-winning double in the bottom of the last inning.
Aug 31, 1889 - The final game between Boston and New York ends in a 9-9 8-inning tie before a paying crowd of 14364 at the Polo Grounds. The Beans' Billy Nash stars with 2 runs 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Boston leaves town 2 games ahead in the NL standings.
Jul 8, 1889 - The New York Giants finally open the new Polo Grounds at 155th Street and 8th Avenue with a 7-5 victory over Pittsburgh. In 25 games in exile on Staten Island and in Jersey City the Giants drew 57000 fans. In 38 games in their new Manhattan home they will draw 144000.
Apr 25, 1889 - At Jersey City while the Polo Grounds is under construction the Giants edge Boston 11-10 overcoming a 9th inning ploy by Boston (as noted by JP Caillault). With 2 outs Boston's Hardie Richardson hits a ball over the fence but stops at 3B instead of completing his home run circuit. Richardson's move is intended to harass and disrupt the pitcher Cannonball Titcomb talented but notoriously erratic as noted by historian David Nemec. This ploy-stopping at 3B on an apparent home run-was particularly used by Boston. In this instance the Giants allow Richardson to stroll home and Titcomb gets the last out for the win.
Apr 23, 1889 - New York governor David Hill vetoes a last-ditch bill from the state legislature designed to block NYC's plans to force the Giants out of the Polo Grounds by cutting a street through the property.
Apr 8, 1889 - The New York State legislature passes a bill closing the "old" Polo Grounds for "street purposes." The field between 110th and 112th streets is home to the New York Giants. Giant President John Day appeals the decision. The legislature will pass another bill on April 19th but the Governor will veto it leaving the Giants homeless.
Feb 8, 1889 - In NYC workers are dismantling fences at the Polo Grounds to cut a street through the property leaving the Giants without a home for the coming season.
Oct 20, 1888 - The largest crowd of the series 9124 sees a dramatic 6-4 Giant victory at the Polo Grounds. Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the 8th New York scores 5 times the go-ahead run scoring as 2 St. Louis fielders collide under a pop ?y.
Jun 9, 1888 - In New York the Giants make fun of yesterday's Chicago entrance by marching onto the Polo Grounds wearing white plug hats and swallow-tail linen dusters. Jack Lynch the old Mets pitcher walks in the lead with a bat as a baton. Thirteen thousand fans are delighted. Chicago scores 4 times in the 1st and finishes with an 8-3 win.
Oct 8, 1887 - The Phillies finish the NL season with a 6-3 win over New York before 4500 at the Polo Grounds. The late spurt jumps them to 2nd place behind Detroit. The winner is Charlie Ferguson (22-10) who finishes his 4th 20-game season in a row. He has won 8 in a row to end the season. Ferguson who also plays 2B when not pitching hits a team-high 337 and drives in 85 runs in just 264 at-bats. His teammate James Fogerty ends with league-high 82 walks and 102 stolen bases in just 126 games.
Jun 11, 1887 - At the Polo Grounds the Giants make it easy by scoring 11 runs in the opening inning enroute to a 26-2 pasting of Washington. New York collects 10 hits in the big inning including 2 hits apiece by Mike Tiernan Buck Ewing and Monte Ward. Danny Richardson is 6-for-7 for New York with 6 singles. This is the second time this season the Giants have scored 26 runs: in 4 days they'll score 29. The starter and loser for Washington is Dupee Shaw the inventor of the windup according to John L. Sullivan (TSN obit 6/23/38). Ugly rumors will erupt about today's big loss and Washington will release Shaw in August. The Boston Globe will report on his release that he "had shown lack of heart in his work and was sick of the club. it is said he never recovered emotionally from the effects of the accusation late last year that he was crooked in some of his work versus certain clubs."
May 31, 1886 - At the Polo Grounds in New York, 7,000 fans watch the a.m. game as New York hands Detroit (20-4) its first loss after 15 straight wins, beating the Wolverines, 6–5 in 10 innings. Monte Ward short flyball in the 10th results in a double when LF Jim Manning and SS Jack Rowe collide in the outfield. Manning breaks his arm on the play. Ward comes around to score with the winning run. The first ML crowd of over 20,000 (20,632) pays to see the afternoon game. The crowd spills onto the field just behind the infield and along each foul line. The game is initially called in the bottom of the first inning and some fans leave thinking there is no game. Finally, mounted police arrive at 5:20 and push the crowd back. The game continues with a ground rule stating that any ball hit into the crowd is a single and baserunners can only move up one base. Detroit garners 6 hits with flyballs into the crowd and wins the contest, 4–1. Lady Baldwin, who played LF for the last inning of game 1, is the winning pitcher.
Aug 1, 1885 - The largest paying crowd to date gathers at the Polo Grounds; 13427 fans watch the Giants defeat the Chicago White Stockings 7-6.
Jul 4, 1885 - An exhibition between 2 old-time clubs is played at the Polo Grounds; the Old Mutual Nine (with pitcher Reno Walters) beats the Old Eckford club (with OF Dave Eggler and 1B Andy Allison) 25-17.
Apr 1, 1885 - The Philadelphia and New York clubs open with exhibition wins over college teams. Philley beats Brown University 9-1 while New York takes on Manhattan College at the polo grounds for a 16-2 rout.
Oct 22, 1884 - The weekly Sporting Life announces-just one day before the start of the event-that the two pennant-winners have agreed to meet in a 3-game series October 23-25 at New York's Polo Grounds just north of Central Park to decide "the championship of America." There will be no games in Providence.
May 24, 1884 - With RF Mike Dorgan committing 5 errors New York loses to Providence 19-5 at the Polo Grounds. According to Nick Peters and Fred Stein The New York Times reports that the game was so bad that "the Siamese Embassy [staff] occupied the stockholder box and showed their knowledge by leaving in the middle of the game." Charlie Sweeney (8-1) has 4 hits 3 doubles and scores 4 times.
Apr 6, 1884 - Two days after winds have blown down the fence at Cincinnati's UA grounds high winds destroy much of the fence at NY's Polo Grounds and at Metropolitan Park new home of the Mets.
Mar 6, 1884 - High winds in New York destroy much of the fence and blow off part of the Polo Grounds grandstand roof depositing it a block away.
May 30, 1883 - It's a busy and confusing Decoration Day of AA baseball. As part of a unique Memorial Day doubleheader the Reds (AA) play in two different cities. The Reds start a 9:30 a.m. game at New York's Polo Grounds losing 1-0 then travel by train to Philadelphia where they fare better scoring twice in the final frame and winning 10-8 in 11 innings. The Reds played the Athletics in Philley yesterday. The Metropolitans after beating Cincinnati in the a.m. game whip Columbus 12-5 in the afternoon game. (This was on the western diamond of the original Polo Grounds on 110th Street just north of the Polo Grounds. At the same time on the eastern diamond the New York National League team was playing a doubleheader against Detroit splitting 2-5 and 4-8. In between games of the New York-Detroit doubleheader the first of which started at 10 a.m. was a game between Yale and Princeton to decide the college championship) Columbus is the loser on the day dropping an a.m. game in Philadelphia 8-5. Meanwhile Cleveland loses 3-1 in Boston in the morning then travels to Providence to win 5-2. Buffalo loses to Providence 4-2 in the morning then trains to Boston to lose 2-1 in the afternoon. The Chicago (NL) White Stockings have the easiest of the day's doubleheaders feasting on the Phillies 15-8 and 22-4. In the 2nd game the Whites score 7 runs in the 1st and 9 runs in the 5th as Mike Kelly Fred Pfeffer and Tommy Burns make 3 hits apiece.
May 28, 1883 - At New York's old Polo Grounds heavyweight boxing champion John L. Sullivan pitches his team to a 20-15 victory in an exhibition of semipro teams. More than 4000 fans are on hand to watch Sullivan play. He collects 3 hits-although critics charge he is served "gopher balls"- and makes 4 of his team's 10 errors. For his efforts Sullivan pockets half of the proceeds-$1595. On November 4th Sullivan will pitch another game.
May 1, 1883 - New York wins its first league game defeating Philadelphia 7-5 at the Polo Grounds located at 110th street between 5th and 6th Avenues. The 5 Phillie tallies against Mickey Welch are all unearned. The opener attracts a crowd of 15000+ including former President U.S. Grant.
Jan 13, 1883 - Both of the New York ML clubs will play simultaneously at the Polo Grounds. Their fields will be separated by an 8-foot fence.
May 31, 1882 - Between 10000-12000 cranks watch Yale beat Princeton 15-8 at the Polo Grounds.
Aug 9, 1881 - "The delicious uncertainty of baseball" (New York Mercury) is demonstrated at the Polo Grounds when the Atlantics score 11 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Mets 14-12.
Jun 22, 1881 - Two NL teams play the Mets in the same day Detroit winning the morning game at the Polo Grounds 5-1 Buffalo winning the afternoon contest 9-1.
Sep 29, 1880 - The Polo Grounds is opened with a 4-2 Mets victory over the NA champion Nationals. The crowd of around 2500 is the largest for a ball game in the New York area in several years.
Sep 8, 1880 - The Polo Grounds in New York at 110th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues is leased by the new Metropolitan club being assembled by Jim Mutrie with the backing of John B. Day. The grounds which have been used for polo matches will be converted into the first commercial baseball park ever to be built on Manhattan Island.