The Polo Grounds stadium was used first by the New York Giants of the National League, followed later by the Yankees and Mets. The field shown in this illustration is the fourth Polo Grounds, built after the site was moved from the original two grounds and the third stadium burned down. The fourth Polo Grounds was opened June 18, 1911, and demolished on April 10, 1964. The grounds were between West 157th and 159th Streets in New York City near Central Park.
Norman Mills Price was an illustrator, primarily of literary and historical subjects for books and periodicals. Born in Ontario, he first studied art there, then continued his education abroad at art academies in London and Paris. He was a member of the Society of Illustrators, where he exhibited regularly between 1921 and 1946, and of the Artists Guild. Among his notable works were the illustrations for The Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare (1905), The Rogue’s Moon (1929) and Leif Erikson the Lucky (1939). His magazine credits include Cosmopolitan, American and Liberty.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and wear. Light vertical and horizontal crease from folds, as issued. Later flattened and professionally rebacked on supporting Japanese paper.
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 496.
“Polo Grounds, New York, New York.” Ballparks. September 2001. http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/national/pologr.htm (26 July 2004).