On View at The Met Fifth Avenue

1000 Fifth Avenue

Exhibition Overview

From the late 1940s to the late 1950s, New York was home to three of the best teams in professional baseball. On October 3, 1951, the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer against the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca, earning the Giants a National League pennant with one of the most dramatic plays in the history of baseball. It was the bottom of the ninth inning in the final game of a tie-breaking playoff, and the Dodgers held a 4–2 lead. The game between the two longtime local rivals was televised from coast to coast and described in lively detail by Giants radio announcer Russ Hodges. With millions experiencing the play-by-play firsthand, Thomson’s historic home run came to be known as the “shot heard ’round the world.” The Giants then advanced to the World Series, where they faced another local—and seemingly invincible—team, the New York Yankees, to whom they lost in the sixth game.

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What we now call “Lawn Bowling”, and the Dutch and British colonials called “bowls”, was so culturally enmeshed, such a “given” in society, that Bowling Green was considered a necessary feature that survives in Manhattan to this day…

From Chelsea News:

Lawn Bowling Celebrates 90 Years

The New York Lawn Bowling Club is marking its 90th anniversary.

The club was founded in 1926 and, in partnership with the Central Park Conservancy, has maintained residence just north of the Sheep Meadow. Players compete by rolling four oblong bowls along a flat grass surface aiming to place their bowl closest to a smaller target called the “jack.”

The club kicked off summer season with an opening-day tournament on May 7th. Everyone is invited to learn more about the pastime every Monday at 5 p.m. in May and June to try their hand at bowling. More information about the club can be found at

Wearing white is not required.

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Members of the Gotham Base Ball Club of New York play America’s pastime by its 19th-century rules—and yes, this means they also compete in old-timey costumes. Watch as the league faces off against other vintage teams from the tristate area throughout the summer. Games on Governor’s Island are held on the Parade Ground.
Upcoming games on Governor’s Island: (Saturdays) June 29, July 13, July 27, August 24, Aug 31.…

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