Polo Grounds V,,New York,NY,US
Ball Park First Game
Date – 06/28/1911 (1)
Starting Pitchers – vs. Rustlers (Braves): 06/28/1911
Final Score 3-0 (NY1)
Attendance – 10,000
Starting Pitchers Christy Mathewson (NY1); Al Mattern (BSN)
First Batter – Bill Sweeney (BSN) Result – Singled
First Hits – Bill Sweeney (BSN),Singled (1st)
First Run – Larry Doyle (NY1)
First RBI – Larry Doyle (NY1)
First Homerun – Larry Doyle (NY1) vs. Al Mattern (BSN) on 06/28/1911 (6th inning)
First Grandslam – Chief Meyers (NY1) vs. Slim Sallee (SLN) on 06/03/1912 (3rd inning)
First Inside Park Homerun – Josh Devore (NY1) vs. Hank Griffin (BSN) on 07/01/1911 (6th inning)
First No Hitter – Rube Marquard (NY1) vs. Robins (Dodgers) on 04/15/1915
Ball Park Lasts
Last Game – Mets vs. Phillies: 09/18/1963, Final Score – 5-1 (PHI)
Attendance – 1,752
Starting Pitchers – Craig Anderson (NYN); Chris Short (PHI), Winning Pitcher – Chris Short (PHI) Losing Pitcher – Craig Anderson (NYN)
Last Batter – Ted Schreiber (NYN), result – 4-6-3 DP
Last Hit – Chico Fernandez (NYN), Singled to LF (9)
Last Run – Wes Covington (PHI), Last RBI – Clay Dalrymple (PHI)
Last HR – Jim Hickman (NYN) vs. Chris Short (PHI) on 09/18/1963 (4th inning)
Last Grand Slam – Jim Hickman (NYN) vs. Lindy McDaniel (CHN) 0n 08/09/1963 (9th inning)
Last Inside The Park Homerun – Billy Williams (CHN) vs. Galen Cisco (NYN) on 06/26/1963 (14th inning)
Last No Hitter – Rex Barney (BRO) vs. Giants on 09/09/1948
The Giants lost game two of a doubleheader to the Boston Braves on September 30, 1916 to snap their record-setting 26-game winning streak; On August 1, 1945 Mel Ott homered in the third inning off Boston Braves hurler Johnny Hutchings and became the third member of the 500 home run club.
At the Polo Grounds, 32,000 watch as Lefty Tyler and Christy Mathewson throw goose eggs for nine innings. In the 10th, Red Smith singles and Hank Gowdy triples him home. Matty then wild pitches Gowdy home 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 now trail by 3 1/2.
The Dodgers were playing a doubleheader against the Giants at the Polo Grounds. In the bottom of the seventh inning of game 1, Lew McCarty pinch hit for Jesse Winters in the ninth place in the batting order and singled. Al Lefevre ran for McCarty and stayed in the game playing second base. The new pitcher, Bill Hubbell, entered the game in the seventh spot in the lineup. In the ninth inning, Lefevre, actually in the ninth spot, batted in the seventh spot out of order but struck out. Frank Snyder, the eighth-place hitter, then came to the plate out of order and grounded out. The next hitter should be Lefevre in the ninth-hole in the order. Benny Kauff was sent up to pinch hit for Hubbell even though it was not his turn to bat. Kauff cannot be considered as batting out of order since he is a pinch hitter. Officially, he is hitting for Lefevre not Hubbell. Kauff singled in a run but none of this matters as the Dodgers beat the Giants, 7-3.
1922 – The Yankees play their farewell home game in the Polo Grounds. An estimated 40,000 overflow the stadium with another 25,000 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 56,000 capacity, but this is the last regular season American League game at the Polo Grounds. The Yanks will play their next 18 games on the road, and then open in Yankee Stadium next spring.
Prior to a pre-season contest in New York, (and exactly one week before Schoolboy Rowe’s official major league debut), the highly touted Tigers pitching prospect launches a batting practice bomb into the Polo Grounds’ center-field bleachers, a feat never before performed since the stadium’s 1923 reconfiguration. It will be more than 15 years—July 18, 1948, to be precise—before Rowe’s feat is finally matched in the course of a game, by Negro Leaguer Luke Easter, and roughly 20—i.e. April 29, 1953—before the first major league version, courtesy of Joe Adcock.
Al Jackson goes the distance in the Mets’ 15-inning loss to Philadelphia. The hard-luck lefty, who throws an astounding 215 pitches during the contest, gives up only six hits, but third baseman Mel Roach, who entered the game in the 11th inning as a pinch-hitter, strokes a two-run single in the fifteenth frame that proves be the difference in his 3-1 defeat at the Polo Grounds.