Washington Heights is a New York City neighborhood in the northern reaches of the borough of Manhattan. It is named for Fort Washington, a fortification constructed by Continental Army troops during the American Revolutionary War at the highest point on Manhattan island to defend the area from the British forces. During the Battle of Fort Washington, on November 16, 1776, the fort was captured by the British at great cost to the American forces; 130 soldiers were killed or wounded, and an additional 2,700 captured and held as prisoners, many of whom died on prison ships anchored in New York Harbor. The progress of the battle is marked by a series of bronze plaques along Broadway.
Baseball Personalities from Washington HeightsEdit
- Pedro Alvarez (1987-), baseball player who was drafted second overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.
- Alex Arias (1967-), Dominican-American former Major League Baseball player.
- Rod Carew (1945-), former professional baseball player.
- Héctor Carrasco (1969-), Dominican baseball player
- Julio Lugo (1975-), Dominican Baseball player for Boston Red Sox
- Manny Ramírez (1972-), Dominican Baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Alex Rodriguez (1975-), Dominican-American Baseball player for the New York Yankees.
- Vin Scully (1927-), Sportscaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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