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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Yearbook, Sept. 18: Polo Grounds' goodbye

By Patrick Dorsey

Sept. 18, 1963: This day 49 years ago brought about the end of Manhattan's Polo Grounds, the last of four New York stadiums to bear that name.

It was an unceremonious end, too -- with just 1,752 people on hand to see the second-year New York Mets lose to the Philadelphia Phillies -- but it didn't erase the history seen by the onetime home of the Mets, the New York Jets, the New York Giants (both baseball and football) and some of boxing's biggest bouts of the era.

The New York Giants vs. the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1913 World Series
Giants vs. the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series of 1913, two years after the stadium opened.
Bobby Thomson mobbed at the plate after the Shot Heard Round the World
Bobby Thomson being mobbed at the plate after 'The Shot Heard 'Round the World' in 1951.
Willie Mays' 'Catch,' during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series
Willie Mays' 'Catch,' during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
The New York Giants vs. the Cleveland Rams in 1938
The New York Giants vs. the Cleveland Rams in 1938.
Rocky Marciano vs. Roland La Straza in 1953
Rocky Marciano vs. Roland La Straza in 1953.
Casey Stengel at the final game at the Polo Grounds
Mets manager Casey Stengel, at the Polo Grounds' final game on Sept. 18, 1963.