Southern Fields

N Conduit Av-Belt Pkwy bet. 114 and 117 Sts


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

The sport of baseball, long played on Southern Field adjacent to the Southern State Parkway, has a long and storied history in New York City. In 1847, Alexander J. Cartwright and members of the New York Knickerbocker Club drafted a set of rules for the “New York game” of baseball, calling for a diamond shaped infield with ninety-foot base paths and a pitchers mound forty-five feet from home plate. The distance to the pitchers’ mound was changed to sixty feet, six inches in 1893, and the rules became standard for baseball across the nation.

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