There aren’t many legacies remaining from the original New York Yankees franchise. The team, born in 1903, is better known today as having been the “Highlanders” and having played for 10 seasons in “Hilltop Park.” They never won a pennant (coming close once), produced few stars (Jack Chesbro and Wee Willie Keeler are in the Hall of Fame), but at least their wooden ballpark didn’t burn down, a fate not uncommon in that era. Hilltop Park (more commonly known as American League Park in its day), was actually quite picturesque. From the higher grandstand rows, one could see the Hudson…

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Marty Appel

Yankees historian Marty Appel is the author of 24 books including Thurman Munson: An Autobiography (with Munson), and Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain.

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