St. George, Staten Island, 1887


During the summer of 1886‚ spectators at the New York Mets’ lavish new ballpark were able to look at New York harbor from the St. George grandstand and see the Statue of Liberty being assembled. In right field owner Erastus Wiman installed a stage set for a spectacle titled The Fall of Babylon. Its cast included ballet dancers, elephants, camels, and other beasts who paraded across the field while the ball clubs practiced in the western part of the park near the grandstand. This park provided what may be the game’s all-time oddest ground rule: a hit that pierced the walls of Babylon produced a single.

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