TODAY’S STORY TAKES US TO JANUARY 27TH, 10 YEARS APART, THAT FORESHADOWED A MAJOR SHIFT BY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OUT WEST & DOWN SOUTH-
On this date in 1956 the New York football Giants announced they would desert the Polo Grounds for Yankee Stadium. The New York baseball Giants also called the Polo Grounds home. The football team moving added to speculation that the baseball Giants wouldn’t be long for the Polo Grounds either.
The Associated Press reported that the baseball Giants were contemplating a “move across the Harlem River” to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx by 1957.
The baseball Giants ended up moving in 1958, but far beyond The Bronx. They moved across country to San Francisco. The Dodgers left Brooklyn for Los Angeles the same year.
About a decade later, on this date in 1966 the City of Milwaukee tried to get the Braves back from Atlanta. The team hadn’t played any games in Georgia yet, but they’d already left Wisconsin.
On this date in 1966 Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Elmer Roller stopped short of ordering the league to expand to Milwaukee. He instructed that Major League Baseball should do everything “within their scope” to get a team in Milwaukee.
As it turned out, the Braves stayed in Atlanta.
The American League franchise Seattle Pilots left Puget Sound for Milwaukee in 1970. They changed their name to the Brewers and remain there to this day.
The Dodgers and Giants start their 60 seasons in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively.
And the Polo Grounds in New York was demolished in 1964.
Chicago Tribune, Judge Orders NL: Stay in Milwaukee, January 28, 1966
“They took our hearts too,” New York Times, May 28, 1957
United Press International, January 28, 1966
Associated Press, January 28, 1956
New York/San Francisco Giants history