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The Eddie Grant plaque from the NYC Polo Grounds
Dedicated on May 30, 1921, to a former Giants player killed in World War I, the Eddie Grant Memorial stood in center at the base of the clubhouse wall. It was 5 feet high.

Where is it now?

To find out --- Read on... from the Baseball Reliquary

"The Baseball Reliquary is a nonprofit, educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball history. The Baseball Reliquary gladly accepts the donation of artworks and objects of historic content, provided their authenticity is well documented. The Baseball Reliquary is supported in part by a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission."

More... From their 2001 "Baseballogy" exhibition notice


An Exhibition of Baseball Art & Artifacts
APRIL 3 ~ MAY 26, 2000
Alhambra High School Library
101 S. Second Street
Alhambra, California

The Baseball Reliquary will present "Baseballogy 101: An Exhibition of Baseball Art & Artifacts" at the Alhambra High School Library, 101 S. Second Street, Alhambra, California, from April 3 through May 26, 2000. Coordinated by Alhambra High School Librarian Cathy Doran, AHS teacher Mary Cannon, and the Reliquary staff, "Baseballogy 101" will feature many artifacts from the permanent collections of the Baseball Reliquary, some of which will be exhibited publicly for the first time.

The exhibition will include:

    The Eddie Grant Memorial plaque, originally anchored to a stone monument at New York’s Polo Grounds and dedicated to the first major league ballplayer killed in action in World War I. The plaque, whose whereabouts remained shrouded in mystery for over 40 years, was recently discovered in the attic of a Ho Ho Kus, New Jersey home formerly owned by a New York City police officer.

The text below was copied from and provides a little more info about the Eddie Grant plaque and how it found its way to California.

And yet even the Reliquary is not without controversy. About three years ago, Albert (Albert Kilchesty, Archivist and Historian) received a phone call from a friend who had just moved into a house in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. The house used to belong to the widow of a retired New York City policeman, whose beat just happened to include the Polo Grounds.

Apparently, this was one of the cops who rescued the Eddie Grant plaque from some hoodlums seeking to steal it after the last Giants game in 1957.

The plaque, for those unfamiliar with the tale, sat beneath the towering Chesterfield Cigarette sign in the recesses of deep center field. It was a slab of bronze that honored Eddie Grant, the New York Giants shortstop who was killed in action during World War I in the Argonne Forest. 

The Reliquary negotiated a price for it and shipped it west to add to their archives.

"Unfortunately," Albert says, "we had no idea that out in New York there was a group whose sole purpose was to locate this thing. They were crushed and started accusing us of faking it. But why would anyone forge a 75 pound bronze plaque?"