List of baseball parks in New York City

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This is a list of venues used for professional baseball in the five boroughs of New York City. The information is a compilation of the information contained in the references listed.

Hoboken, New Jersey

Elysian Fields
Occupants:
used by various amateur and professional clubs into the 1880s
New York Knickerbockers amateur club starting 1845
Mutual – independent am/pro (1862–1867)
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey waterfront
Currently: Residential buildings and a small remnant called Elysian Park; plaque at 11th and Washington Streets, a block northwest of the park, commemorates approximate location of home base


Brooklyn

York Street Park
Occupant: Atlantics – amateur (ca. 1855–1865)
Location: Brooklyn – York Street
Currently: approach ramps for Brooklyn Bridge
Excelsior grounds (I)
Occupant: Excelsior – amateur (1854-1859)
Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Currently: residential
Excelsior grounds (II)
Occupant: Excelsior – am/pro independent (1859–1870)
Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn – south end of Court Street, on the waterfront (Gowanus Canal)
Currently: industrial
Union Grounds
Occupants:
Eckford – independent am/pro (1862–1871), NA (1872)
Mutual – independent am/pro (1868–1870), NA (1871-75), NL (1876)
Atlantic – NA (1873–1875)
"Hartford of Brooklyn" – NL (1877)
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn – Marcy Avenue (southwest); Rutledge Street (northwest); Harrison Avenue (northeast); Lynch Street (southeast)
Currently: National Guard building, Juan Morel Campos Secondary School
Capitoline Grounds
Occupants:
Atlantic – am/pro independent (1864 or 1865 – 1871), NA (1872)
Excelsior – am/pro independent (1866–1871)
Enterprise – am independent (ca. 1864–1866)
Location: Bedford, Brooklyn – Marcy Avenue (east); Halsey Street (south); Putnam Avenue (north); Nostrand Avenue (west)
Currently: Residential
Washington Park I
Occupant: Brooklyn Atlantics/Bridegrooms – Inter-State League (1883), AA (1884–1889), NL (1890–1891 part)
Location: 3rd Street (north, right field) and 5th Street (south, left field); 4th Avenue (west, center field) and 5th Avenue (east, home plate)
Currently: Residential, school, public park, and Gowanus House
Eastern Park
Occupants:
Brooklyn Ward's WondersPL (1890)
Brooklyn Dodgers (1891 part – 1897)
Location: Brooklyn – Eastern Parkway (segment later renamed Pitkin Avenue when Eastern was diverted) (north, home plate); Long Island Railroad and Vesta Avenue (later renamed Van Sinderen Street) (east, left field); Sutter Avenue (south, center field); Powell Street (west, right field)
Currently: Commercial / industrial
Washington Park II
Occupants:
Brooklyn Dodgers/Superbas – NL (1898–1912)
Brooklyn Tip-TopsFL (1914–1915)
Location: diagonally across from the northwest corner of the previous Washington Park: 1st Street (north, right field) and 3rd Street (south, third base); 3rd Avenue (west, left field) and 4th Avenue (east, first base)
Currently: Consolidated Edison – part of ballpark wall still stands
Ebbets Field
Occupant: Brooklyn Dodgers – NL (1913–1957)
Location: Brooklyn – formerly within Flatbush, now considered part of Crown Heights – 55 Sullivan Place – Bedford Avenue (east, right field); Sullivan Place (south, first base); McKeever Place (west, third base); Montgomery Street (north, left field)
Currently: Jackie Robinson Apartments
MCU Park prev. Key Span Park
Occupant: Brooklyn CyclonesNew York–Penn League (2001–present)
Location: Coney Island site, Brooklyn – 1904 Surf Avenue – Surf Avenue (north, third base); Kensington Walk (east, left field); Boardwalk (south, right field); West 19th Street (west, first base)


Manhattan

Polo Grounds (I)
Occupants:
Metropolitan – independent (1880–1882), AA (1883–1885)
New York Giants – NL (1883-88)
Location: 110th Street (south, right field for Mets, third base for Giants); Fifth Avenue (east, first base for Giants); Sixth (now Lenox) Avenue (west, third base for Mets); 112th Street (north, left field for Mets, right field for Giants)
Currently: Commercial and residential buildings, Harlem Academy
Metropolitan Park
Occupant: Metropolitan – AA (1884 first part of season)
Location: Manhattan – 109th Street (north); East River (east); 107th Street (south); First Avenue (west)
Currently: Residential, commercial, public school
Manhattan Field aka Polo Grounds (II)
Occupant: New York Giants (1889 part – 1890)
Location: 155th Street (south); Eighth Avenue (east) – next to site of Polo Grounds
Currently: Apartment buildings
Polo Grounds (III) / (IV)
Occupants:
New York Giants – PL (1890)
New York Giants – NL (1891–1957)
New York Yankees – AL (1913–1922)
New York Mets – NL (1962–1963)
Location: Harlem River Drive aka Speedway (west, home plate); site of Manhattan Field and 155th Street viaduct (south, right field); 8th Avenue (east, center field); rail yards (north, left field)
Currently: Apartment buildings
Dyckman Oval
Occupants: Negro League clubs (1920s) including Cuban Stars (East), Bacharach Giants
Location: within Inwood Hill Park – 214th Street and Seaman Avenue (Dyckman Street borders the city park to the southwest)
Currently: There are baseball and softball diamonds in the general area
Hilltop Park formally American League Park
Occupants:
New York Yankees – AL (1903–1912)
New York Giants – NL (1911 part)
Location: Washington Heights, Manhattan – Broadway (southeast, right field); West 165th Street (southwest, first base); Fort Washington Avenue (west, third base); 168th Street (northeast, left field)
Currently: NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital and other medical buildings


Bronx

Yankee Stadium (1923)
Occupant: New York Yankees – AL (1923–1973, 1976–2008)
Location: Bronx – East 161st Street (north, left field); River Avenue (east, right field); 157th Street (south, first base); Macombs Dam Park (west, third base)
Currently: Macombs Dam Park, Heritage Field
Yankee Stadium
Occupant: New York Yankees – AL (2009–present)
Location: Bronx – across the street to the north from the old Yankee Stadium – East 161st Street (south, first base); River Avenue (east, right field); Macombs Dam Bridge / Jerome Avenue (west, third base); East 164th Street (north, left field)


Queens

Fashion Race Course originally National Race Course
Occupants: Operated as a horse race track 1853 to about 1869. Site of an intra-city all-star game series in 1858 on July 20, August 17 and September 10; notable as first admission charges for baseball.
Location: gate at what is now 37th Avenue and 103rd Street in Corona, Queens, New York about a mile west-southwest of Citi Field.
Ridgewood Park
Occupant: Brooklyn – AA (ca. 1889-90) Sundays only
Location: within Ridgewood, Queens – in the vicinity of Myrtle Avenue and Summerfield Street; and the future sites of Seneca Avenue and Onderdonk Avenue; another field was nearby, on a block bounded by Wyckoff Avenue (northeast) and Irving Avenue (southwest); Weirfield Street (northwest) and Covert Street (southwest)
Currently: commercial / residential
Dexter Park
Occupant: Brooklyn Royal GiantsNegro Leagues (1920s-1930s)
Location: Woodhaven, Queens – Jamaica Avenue (south); Eldert Lane T's into Jamaica from the south; Dexter Court (east?)
Currently: High school athletic field, residential and commercial buildings
Shea Stadium
Occupants:
New York Mets – NL (1964–2008)
New York Yankees – AL (1974-75)
Location: Flushing, Queens – 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue – 126th Street (northeast, right field); Roosevelt Avenue (southeast, first base); Shea Road (southwest/northwest, third base/left field)
Currently: Parking lot for Citi Field
The Ballpark at St. John's now known as Jack Kaiser Stadium
Occupant: Brooklyn CyclonesNew York–Penn League (2000)
Location: Jamaica, Queens – St. John's University campus – Utopia Parkway (east, outfield); 175th Street (west/south, home plate/first base); Belson Stadium soccer field and Union Turnpike (northwest, third base)
Citi Field
Occupant: New York Mets – NL (2009–present)
Location: Flushing, Queens – just east of Shea Stadium site – 126th Street (northeast, right field); Roosevelt Avenue (southeast, first base); Shea Road (southwest/northwest, third base/left field)


Staten Island

St. George Grounds
Occupants:
Metropolitan – AA (1886–1887)
New York Giants – NL (1889) partial season
Location: St. George, Staten Island, Staten Island
Currently: Near site of Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Richmond County Bank Ballpark
Occupant: Staten Island YankeesNew York–Penn League (2001–present)
Location: St. George, Staten Island – Richmond Terrace (southwest, home plate/third base); Bank Street (southeast/northeast, first base/right field); Upper New York Bay, beyond Bank Street


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Peter Filichia, Professional Baseball Franchises, Facts on File, 1993.
  • Benson, Michael (1989). Ballparks of North America: A Comprehensive Historical Reference to Baseball Grounds, Yards, and Stadiums, 1845 to present. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN 0-89950-367-5. 
  • Lowry, Philip J. (1992). Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 271 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-201-56777-6. 
  • Baseball Memories, by Marc Okkonen, Sterling Publishing, 1992.

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