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St. George Cricket Grounds
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St. George Cricket Grounds
St. George Cricket Grounds
Location within New York City
St. George Cricket Grounds
St. George Cricket Grounds
St. George Cricket Grounds (New York)
St. George Cricket Grounds
St. George Cricket Grounds
St. George Cricket Grounds (the United States)
LocationNew York, New York, United States
TypeStadium
Genre(s)Sporting events
Tenants
New York Metropolitans (AA) (1886-1887)
New York Giants (NL) (1889)
Drawing of St. George Grounds
Drawing of St. George Grounds

St. George Cricket Grounds or St. George Grounds is a former baseball venue located on Staten Island, New York. St. George was the home park for the New York Metropolitans of the American Association for the 1886 and 1887 seasons.[1] The grounds were also a part-time home to the New York Giants of the National League in 1889.

The Cricket Grounds were also known as Mutrie's Dump or Mutrie's Dumping Grounds, referring to Jim Mutrie, manager of the Metropolitans and the Giants.

The stadium, which was built along the lines of a typical horse race track grandstand, was first used as a baseball field in 1853, with the first game between the New York Knickerbockers and the Washington Club.[2] The site later became part of the development of the then-new community of St. George, Staten Island in 1886, by Erastus Wiman. Fans were able to watch games while watching the construction of the Statue of Liberty. Although the community and the ferry were successful, baseball was not. The Giants were a strong team through the latter part of the 1880s, and the Metropolitans folded after the 1887 season. The Giants played some games there from April 29 – June 14, 1889, while awaiting construction of the Polo Grounds; their move to Manhattan ended professional baseball at St. George.

The parking lot of the current Richmond County Bank Ballpark was the location of the former Cricket Grounds.

See also

References

  1. ^ Staten Island Memories: When the Mets called the Island home Retrieved November 19, 2020
  2. ^ Lowry, Philip. Green Cathedrals, 2009, page 149

Coordinates: 40°38′48″N 74°04′42″W / 40.6468°N 74.0783°W / 40.6468; -74.0783