Clipping:Word of the Players League in New York; projection for the Polo Grounds

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Date Wednesday, September 25, 1889

[quoting an unidentified New York afternoon paper] “A syndicate had been formed in this city with a view to running a club in opposition to the New Yorks, and that it was after the plot of ground on Eighth avenue, from One Hundred and Fifty-seventh to One Hundred and Fifty-ninth street, just above the Polo Grounds, and also wanted to take the latter on rental at the expiration of John B. Day's lease. One member of this syndicate has offered to get $1,000,000 to back the Brotherhood, he offering $200,000 himself. … “

President Day, of the Metropolitan Exhibition Company, leased the Polo Grounds from the Lynch estate for two years. This lease will expire next year. The syndicate could then, it is said, lease these grounds, as well as the lot above, and turn the whole into one of the finest base ball fields in the country. The projectors of the new deal say that there is a mint of money in base ball in New York, and that, as the Manhattan elevated railroad is to to build a line from the Third avenue terminus at One Hundred and Twenty-eighth street to One Hundred and fifty-fifth street, there will henceforth be many thousand more people attend the games than the Polo Ground can accommodate. A hotel is to be erected inside the grounds and plenty of room given for spectators and players.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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