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Metropolitan Park (New York City)

Metropolitan Park is a former baseball ground located in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York. The ground was the part-time home to the New York Metropolitans of the American Association in 1884.

The wooden ballpark was built a few blocks east and south from their first home, the original Polo Grounds, on a piece of land bounded by 109th Street (north), the East River (east), 107th Street (south), and First Avenue (west).

The Mets played their first game at Metropolitan Park on May 13, 1884, amid a degree of publicity.[1] However, the field proved unsatisfactory and the Mets returned to the Polo Grounds for games starting on July 17, 1884, except when the New York Giants were playing at home.[2] The final Mets game played at Metropolitan Park was on August 23, 1884.[3] The Mets then returned to their original Polo Grounds venue, in time to win the American Association pennant.

References

  1. ^ "Base-ball Games". New York Times. 1884-05-14. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  2. ^ "Metropolitan Park". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  3. ^ "Base-ball Games; A Victory for the "Mets" and a Defeat for the New-Yorks". New York Times. 1884-08-24. p. 5. Retrieved 2009-09-06. 


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