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A Nice Summer’s Day

Take a look at that picture and guess where I am today. C’mon, guess.

That’s a woodcut of the New York Metropolitans playing at their last home, the St. George Cricket Grounds in State Island, having moved out of the [first] Polo Grounds in upper Manhattan. I am today, possibly as you read this, at the New York Mets stadium, CitiField, next to Flushing Meadows Park, the third home for the Mets since 1961, after the [second] Polo Grounds and Shea Stadium. Now the New York Metropolitans are not the same team as the New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, but as is so often true in preservation work, close enough. Here are the Metropolitans near the peak of their success, with some fine facial hair:

And in case you thought baseball cards were a twentieth-century phenomenon: