in the Garden of Eden
Secret History of the Early Game
In 1890 New York had two ball clubs—the National and Players’ League entries. The former played at Manhattan Field, while the latter played at Brotherhood Park. The two parks were separated by only a canvas fence. On May 12, 1890, Mike Tiernan of the NL Giants hit a thirteenth-inning home run that landed in the outfield of the other ballpark, where the PL club was playing against Boston. Tiernan was carried off on the shoulders of the fans. That canvas fence is visible in this shot of the NL opener in New York on April 22, 1891, when the Giants took over the former Brotherhood Park, which they now called simply the Polo Grounds. Note that the dugout had not yet come into being.