CUNY Says “Play Ball!” to Yankees Farm Team

December 30, 1998 | The University

City University of New York officials announced today that The College of Staten Island is available to host the Watertown Indians, a minor league team associated with the New York Yankees.

In a joint statement, Chairwoman Anne Paolucci, Vice Chairman Herman Badillo, Interim Chancellor Christoph Kimmich, and President Marlene Springer of the College of Staten Island said, “The City University is eager and willing to play ball to bring the Watertown Indians to town! This is a win-win situation that will give a temporary home to minor league baseball in New York City while also improving the athletic infrastructure of CSI. It is a home run of an idea that will bring the winning spirit of the Yankees and the University together.”

Discussions underway have involved The College of Staten Island, CUNY, the Office of the Mayor, the Office of the Staten Island Borough President, the New York Yankees, and other agencies.

The Watertown Indians are in the Penn League and would play for three months in 1999 (June, July, and August) and possibly for two seasons thereafter. A permanent ballpark is contemplated in another Staten Island location. Improvements under discussion with the Yankees include seating capacity and lighting.