It won’t fit into your Yankees’ memorabilia display case, but could be considered an important “get” in the world of Yankees history — a French Tudor in Bay Shore on the market for $825,000 is believed to have been owned at one time by Frank J. Farrell, a baseball executive, casino owner and original owner of the New York Yankees, according to the real estate firm listing the property, tax maps and public records filed with the state.
Farrell purchased the Baltimore Orioles in 1903 and moved the team to New York as The Highlanders. After renaming the team the New York Yankees, he and his partner William S. Devey sold the franchise in 1915, the same year he is believed to have bought the South Shore house.
It’s easy to imagine the grandeur this 1902 home was once all about. The mahogany trim, particularly in the entryway and stairwell, is glossy and rich and can be found on the floors, ceiling and walls. Yet the décor comfortably swings to light and elegant in the dining room with its marble fireplace surround, softly colored wallpaper, enormous crown molding and a classic crystal chandelier.
The house has seven fireplaces, all with hard-carved wood mantels.
“It is one of the few glorious house of that era that still exists in pristine condition,” says Barry Dlouhy, president of the Bay Shore Historical Society.
Dlouhy says he has reviewed the research about Farrell’s connection to the home and believes it to be true.
The current owner, an architectural engineer who bought the house in the 1980s, spent many years updating the interior, room by room, says listing agent Lorenzo Bono of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.