The Bushman Steps play a role in baseball history due to their proximity to the Polo Grounds ticket booth and playing fields, which once stood nearby. This staircase leads towards Highbridge Park and the Coogan's Bluff staircase.
Sports fans once used these convenient steps to get to the old Polo Grounds ballfield. Traveling over the steps of Coogan's Bluff, thousands of fans enjoyed free baseball, boxing matches, and football games. The New York Giants team-owner John T. Brush (1845-1912) built the bathtub-shaped Polo Grounds. The ball field stadium came to stand for its record-breaking crowds, a sign of the renaissance of New York baseball.