The College of Staten Island - Staten Island, New York

The New York Yankees moved their New York-Pennsylvania League affiliate from Oneonta to Staten Island before the 1999 season. While awaiting construction of a home of their own, the "Baby Bombers" played two seasons at the College of Staten Island. You couldn't pay for parking here, even if you wanted to.

Leading the league in fewest batting cage thefts.

Before every game, auditions were held for Bang the Drum Slowlier.

Nestled into the campus.

View from the left field bleachers.

 

A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the fifteenth inning gives us a chance to get off the island before midnight. The real relief is getting off of those bleachers before midnight.

Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George - Staten Island, New York

Under construction, June 2001. Alas, this was the view for only one season.

The masts are in place; rigging awaits.

Cruise ships alter course to catch a pitch or two of Class A ball.

The Staten Island Ferry, in yellow, docks just beyond the rightfield fence.

Lady Liberty, ready to affirm any umpire's call.

The unsealed innards of one of four animated advertising boards.

Big league ball was played near this site in 1886 and 1887, with the construction of the Statue of Liberty taking place during the summer of 1886.

The secret of life is keeping a neat scorecard

PlayerTeam (organization)Seen hereBig league debut
Wily Mo PenaStaten Island (Yankees)7/11/2000 9/10/2002 (Reds)
Todd SelfAuburn (Astros)7/11/2000 5/12/2005
Chien-Ming "Tiger" WangStaten Island (Yankees)7/11/2000 4/30/2005

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