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Early Polo Grounds, The (Images of Sports) Paperback – March 30, 2009
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If you like old time baseball books, this is for you.
I have often wondered whatever happened to the Eddie Grant memorial that resided in deep center field between the stairways to the clubhouse. It turns out that nobody knows what happened to it. On my visits in 1973 and 1978 I took photos of boys in front of the plaque where the approximate location of home plate was located. I didn't realize the actual location was twenty yards away.
There are more than enough action photos inside the ball yard, and I was happy to see the author added additional photos in a section near the end of the book outside the park. The John T. Brush staircase and the top of Coogan's Bluff where fans stood to gain a partial view of the field, and different angles showing various locations outside the park I found to be especially interesting.Read more ›
It's really a great small coffee table book, i.e., you don't have to "read" it, just flip through the pictures and read the captions.
What fascinated me the most was the pictures of college football games played at the Polo Grounds during this time frame--including one of Jim Thorpe!
While preparing the book Chris Epting and his son Charlie even interview a local resident of the area to gather his perspective. We even get a glimpse of how that area looked then versus now from every vantage point for a great retrospective of the park. Not very much is left but the memories, yet this author went all out to give us the reader the real deal.
Greg Grosso, Philadelphia.