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Home Plate: A Celebration of the Polo Grounds

The Birthplace of New York’s Love Affair with its Favorite Teams  

Exhibition On View: August 22 - January 5

Since its construction in 1765, the Morris-Jumel Mansion has witnessed countless changes to the property and built environment. The original estate stretched from the Hudson to Harlem Rivers before being sold in parcels at various points throughout the 19th century and incorporated in the city grid. In 1890, the third incarnation of the Polo Grounds rose within the gaze of the Mansion on former riverfront property where the Morris’ and Jumels’ harvested oysters. The iconic bathtub shaped stadium at the Polo Grounds served as home to the New York Giants baseball team from 1891- 1957, the New York Yankees from 1913 - 22, the New York Giants football team from 1925-55, New York Mets from 1962-1963, as well as other professional teams and athletic events. This property, which lies east of the Mansion, just below Coogan’s Bluff, lays claim to some of the most exciting moments in American sports history. The exhibition will explore and celebrate those teams, players, and personalities that solidified the stadium as a New York icon and famed venue where local and national heroes cemented their reputations and legacies. Included in the exhibition are extraordinarily rare autographs, tickets, photos, programs, and other ephemera that serves to commemorate the ghosts of this legendary New York athletic pantheon.

Exhibition Events:

Opening Reception | Thursday, August 22nd at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

An advance preview of the exhibition will occur before the public opening featuring a meet and greet with the exhibition's curator, Neil Scherer. Tickets to the preview are $15/$10 members. Exhibition opening is free from 7:00-9:00 pm with advanced registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. TICKETS

Monthly Curator Tours | Sundays, August 25, September 15, October 20 , November 17 , and December 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Join exhibition curator, Neil Scherer of Going, Going, Gone Sports on a one-hour specialized tour of the exhibition, "Home Plate," which features iconic moments from the Polo Grounds stadium. $15/$10 Museum Members. TICKETS

“Ballpark: Baseball in the American City” Lecture & Book Signing | September 25th at 7:00 pm

Hear from architectural historian and critic, Paul Goldberger, as he discusses the history of baseball through the stories of vibrant and ever-changing ballparks. An investigation of New York City’s great stadiums will illuminate the city’s love affair with America’s favorite pastime. Program is held in conjunction with the exhibition, “Home Plate: A Celebration of the Polo Grounds” on view until January 5, 2020. Lecture (7-8 pm): $20/$15 museum members. Book available for purchase in gift shop for signing to follow at 8:00 pm. TICKETS

New York Yankees Historic Stadium Walking Tour | October 6th at 2:00 pm

Join Yankees historian, Marty Appel, as he leads a walking tour that highlights four sites of Yankee Stadium. Stroll from 168th and Broadway to 155th and Edgecombe and learn the history and legacies of the ballparks along the way. TICKE

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