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 Post subject: moving the franchise
PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:59 pm 

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I really don't remember all that went on with Stoneham's moving of the franchise, but if memory serves me well, didn't he want a new stadium built on the west side of manhattan? I wonder if an option of building a new stadium on the coogans bluff site was ever mentioned. They could have played home games at yankee stadium for a year, just like the yankees did when they played at shea for a couple of seasons. transportation was not a problem because the subways all went there. I think he said it was dangerous in harlem and blamed poor attendance on that premise, but only 3 seasons prior in '54 when they won the pennant they were second in NL attendance with 1.15 million, which was very good then. I guess muggers would not cross the harlem river to rob people at yankee stadium, what was it, a 1/4 mile away? Fans will come if you give them a winner.

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