By all accounts, Carl Mays was a fantastic ballplayer. According to the the Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports, he won "53 games in his first two full seasons with the Yankees." However, his career was marred by a tragic incident that occurred August 16, 1920 (92 years ago today), when his pitch hit Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman in the head, and Chapman died of his injuries. The New York Times wrote:
Mays is greatly shocked over...Read More
On May 24, 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge opened to traffic, and though now we know it as a beautiful landmark, New Yorkers of the time were a bit more wary. At the time it was the only bridge spanning the East River, connecting the separate cities of Brooklyn and New York, and many doubted that a bridge that large could hold.
This fear is what may have prompted a stampede a week after the Brooklyn Bridge...Read More
This week, we’re examining women’s pioneering role in computer programming. To learn more about tech history made in New York, check out our upcoming exhibit Silicon City, opening Friday, November 13. The show explores early inventions that paved the way for the computer—think electricity, the telegraph—to the Big Apple’s contemporary role as a burgeoning epicenter for cutting-edge tech firms.
Who was the world’s first computer scientist? It’s not who you think. Here’s a clue: This person...Read More
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New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024