This evening, we may see something that virtually no one alive has ever witnessed.
If things go as planned, Major League Baseball will be played at three different ballparks in the state of New York:
The New York Yankees will take on the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium
The New York Mets will play the Washington Nationals at Citi Field and…
The Toronto Blue Jays will host the Miami Marlins at Sahlen Field in Buffalo – the Blue Jays’ first game in their home-away-from-home.
This would mark the first time in 105 years that the state of New York hosts major-league games at three different ballparks on the same day. (Fans might be thinking, “Well, the Yankees, Dodgers and Giants probably did that before the Dodgers and Giants moved to the West Coast in the 1950s. But no, since early in the 20th century, schedules were meticulously arranged so that the three New York teams didn’t play at home at the same time and compete with one another.)
In fact, the last time that the state of New York hosted games at three different ballparks on one day was back on Sept. 8, 1915. Few fans today know that in 1914 and 1915, there were three major leagues – the National, the American and the Federal League. And the Federal League had a team in Buffalo.
And so on Sept. 8, 1915:
The Yankees played the visiting Washington Senators at the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan (Yankee Stadium was not built until 1923). Walter Johnson blanked the Yankees, 1-0, for the 59th shutout of his major-league career (he would add 51 more).
The Dodgers, then also known as the Robins, took on the Boston Braves in a doubleheader at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. ‘Twas a long afternoon for the home team, which lost both games, 12-1 and 4-1. Brooklyn right fielder Casey Stengel, future manager of both the Dodgers and the Braves (along with the Yankees and Mets), went 1-for-6 in the twinbill and…
The Buffalo Blues hosted the Baltimore Terrapins in a doubleheader at the International Fair Association Grounds. Buffalo swept Baltimore, 4-0 and 5-4, in what were the last two major-league games played in Buffalo – until now.