New York Yankees History in Bermuda

January 8, 2013 – Shortly after our cruise around Hamilton Harbor ended, Curtis Granderson and I, along with the rest of our group did some sightseeing in downtown Hamilton, and we visited the place that holds more Yankees history than any other spot in Bermuda.

In 1913, the New York Yankees held spring training at a complex in Bermuda’s capital city. That’s right, the Yankees spent one spring in Bermuda, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of that season.

The organization was officially given the name “New York Yankees” during the 1913 season, which meant the last spring training the organization spent as the New York Highlanders took place in Bermuda.

The Highlanders trained at a sports complex located next to the little Hotel Bruswick, which is where they stayed — and which is no longer in existence. According to the Society for American Baseball Research, the Highlanders, which were led by manager Frank Chance, scrimmaged against a minor league team from New Jersey named the Jersey City Skeeters, and after posting a 57-94 record in 1913, then Yankees brass decided not to return to Bermuda the following spring.

Today, the grounds located between Bruswick Street and Dutton Street that once featured the baseball diamonds that the likes of Birdie Cree, Roger Peckinpaugh and Hal Chase played on, feature a soccer field, a 500-seat tennis stadium, a few other clay tennis courts and a softball field.

For Granderson, the visit marked a meaningful part of the week.

“The legacy of the New York Yankees can be felt throughout the world,” the centerfielder said. “This shows that the tradition extends beyond the Bronx, beyond New York City and beyond the United States. We’re in Bermuda, and we’re visiting a place where the team prepared for a season. Regardless of where you travel, you can’t escape Yankees lore, and that is one of the many things that makes the organization so special.”

–Alfred Santasiere III

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