A proud history of pro baseball at Gill Stadium
Long before the New Hampshire Fisher Cats moved into a state-of-the-art minor-league ballpark on the banks of the Merrimack River and became one of the most successful franchises in the Eastern League, Manchester's Gill Stadium was home to professional baseball, if only sporadically.
The next version of the New England League sprang to life in 1946, with the Manchester Giants — affiliated with the New York Giants — one of the charter teams, along with the Nashua Dodgers, among the first integrated teams in professional baseball. Nashua's roster that season included catcher Roy Campanella, who would go on to win three National League MVP awards and gain induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Don Newcombe, who would become the only major-leaguer ever to win a Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP award during his career.
Eastern League arrivals
It was another two decades before Gill became home to a new version of the Manchester Yankees, when the New York Yankees relocated their Eastern League franchise from Binghamton, N.Y. That team, however, would last just three seasons before moving to West Haven, Conn.
Gill served as home to a minor-league team for what likely was the final time when the Fisher Cats spent their first season in New Hampshire there while a new ballpark was being constructed on the riverfront in 2004.
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