Rare Photograph Of The Yankees Playing At The Polo Grounds – 1920

Yankees Take Two From The Athletics At The Polo Grounds September 6, 1920

Athletics Yankees Sept 6 1920 Polo GroundsMonday, September 6, 1920 was Labor Day and the New York Yankees played a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics.

A fan having a front row seat took this photograph during one of the games.

At bat for the Yankees is Ping Bodie, with Aaron Ward waiting on deck. In the foreground coaching first base is manager Miller Huggins.

It is inconclusive if this is game one or two, but it is more likely game one. Ward followed Bodie in the batting order in both games of the split morning – afternoon doubleheader. The New York Sun and Herald reported that about 10,000 fans were on hand for the 10:15 a.m. first game and about 28,000 attended the 3:00 p.m. afternoon game. Looking at the upper deck it does not appear as if 28,000 people are watching at the Polo Grounds which had a capacity of only around 37,000.

The Yankees won both games by scores of 4-1 and 5-0 in times of 1:40 and 1:35 respectively. That’s the amount of time it takes to play one game today.

The Yankees finished the season in third place with a 95-59 record, three games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Athletics ended up 48-106 in last place.

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