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October 13, 2012

Hilltop Park circa 1910 (Pictorial News Co.)

The first home of the franchise was Hilltop Park, occupied by the Highlanders between 1903 and 1912, located on Broadway between 165th and 168th Street.  In 1903, the year the park opened, the Highlanders had 62 triples and just 18 home runs, including 12 three-baggers each from Jimmy Williams and Wid Conroy.  This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that the distance to the wall in centerfield was 542 feet.  The distance down the line to right was 400 feet and the distance to the left field wall was 365 feet.  By comparison, the distance to centerfield in the current Yankee Stadium is 408 feet.

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