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On This Day in Yankee History…

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On this day in 1903, the leadership of the well-established National League and the three-year-old upstart American League met to talk unity and the reconciling of rules.  Two important outcomes of the meeting were the creation of the World Series and a 15-1 vote to install an American League franchise in New York (the lone dissenter was John T. Bush, whose National League New York Giants had enjoyed a near-monopoly over the city).

Shortly after, the flagging Baltimore Oriole franchise was purchased, uprooted, and imported to New York City by the (logical) duo of Frank Farrell, a pool-hall and gambling kingpin, and William Deverey, a former Police Chief.  A field (there were no stadiums yet) was hastily thrown together on Manhattan’s highest point, on Broadway between 165th and 168th Streets.  The local press dubbed the team “the Highlanders” and called the field “Hilltop Park”.  That neighborhood would eventually become Washington Heights, the birthplaces of Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez.  The New York Highlanders would eventually become the New York Yankees.

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Written by Ryan

March 12, 2010 at 7:00 am