Yankee Stadium was a stadium that opened in 1923 and closed in 2008. It was primarily the home field of the New York Yankees professional baseball club for over eight decades, but it also hosted football games (especially involving the New York Giants professional football team), boxing matches, live concerts, and Papal visits in its 85 years of existence.
With something like 65,000 fans – the greatest crowd that ever saw a big league game of ball – looking on, "Babe" in the third inning dedicated the new Yankee home with a four-base drive into the right field bleachers with two mates on.
"The New York press loved Huggins for how he handled Ruth and the rest of Murderers' Row. Those guys were a bunch of hellraisers," said Yankee Stadium tour guide and long-time employee Tony Morante. Morante said the baseball scribes got the idea of a monument tribute from the Polo Grounds, which had a monument dedicated to Edward Grant, who died in World War I, standing deep in center field.
So on May 30, 1932, the Yankees dedicated a red granite monument to Huggins and placed it a few feet in front of the fence, to the left of the 475 sign in center field.
I saw strong men weep this afternoon, expressionless umpires swallow hard, and emotion pump the hearts and glaze the eyes of 61,000 baseball fans in Yankee Stadium ... It was Lou Gehrig Day at the stadium, and the first 100 years of baseball saw nothing quite like it ...
It resulted in a 13–1 pasting by the White Sox, the Yankees' fifth straight defeat, an otherwise uneventful Thursday, but for the fact that 26-year-old Joe DiMaggio went 1-for-4 off of Eddie Smith of the White Sox, the inconspicuous launching of what Stephen Jay Gould, the late Harvard professor and eminent scientist, once described as "the most extraordinary thing that ever happened in American sports."
Wherever organized baseball was played yesterday Babe Ruth was honored. Ceremonies at the Yankee Stadium, where the Babe was given the greatest ovation in the history of the national pastime, were broadcast throughout the world, and what Ruth and others had to say was piped to other ball parks ... Ruth probably was a tired but happy man when he went home last night. "Babe Ruth Day" was a long time in coming, but when it arrived, it was a tremendous day.
Yet it was not newspaper buildup but word of mouth that sent thousands of fans and curiosity-seekers to Yankee Stadium, the "House That Ruth Built," after his widow agreed (too late for most afternoon papers to report it) that he should lie in state there. Whether 82,000 people filed past his bier, or 97,000, or 115,000, depended on which paper you read.
Aug 17–18: One day after he dies, Babe Ruth lies in state at the stadium as an estimated 100,000 people pay their respects from 5 pm on Aug. 17 until 7 am Aug. 18.
The Babe led an undisciplined life until his death. Lying in state in Yankee Stadium, 75,000 people filed past his coffin ...
It's been 25 years since Righetti threw the no-hitter against the Red Sox on July 4, 1983, the first by a Yankee since Don Larsen's perfect game and it still resonates among fans and baseball people.
Try this one out, patriots. It's July 4, the birth date of his club owner and his country, and Yankee Doodle Dandy Dave Righetti is facing Boston at Yankee Stadium. In his previous start Righetti had pitched his first major league shutout, but on this day he's doing even better. Suddenly it's the top of the ninth, two men are out, and up comes Wade Boggs, who has more hits this season than anyone in the majors. Righetti fans him for the first Yankee no-hitter in 27 years, and the Stadium erupts.
... George Brett will never be able to live down one memorable blowup he had at Yankee Stadium 25 years ago Thursday. It's hard to forget the July 24, 1983 image of an infuriated Brett charging out of the visitors' dugout with arms flailing wildly, sprinting and screaming at home plate umpire Tim McClelland ...
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You hate to say Yankee Stadium had a better week when its team was out of town, but not much the Yankees have tried so far this year has come close to the triumph Billy Joel registered Friday night before some 60,000 happy rock 'n' roll fans.
If you took every no-hitter ever thrown in the big leagues and arranged them in alphabetical order by pitcher, the one thrown last Saturday by James Anthony Abbott would be at the top. Should you then delineate the no-hitters according to their inspirational value, the same one would lead the list. That was clear on Sunday in New York City when Abbott, the New York Yankee lefthander, reported for work at Yankee Stadium at 11 on a pristine morning
No Hitter Box Score: September 4, 1993 in Yankee Stadium
Of all the Brontosaurus rock acts out roaming this summer, Pink Floyd is the one most likely to graze the best on the world's capital ... But it has limitations: at Yankee Stadium on Friday night, the audience, estimated by various officials to number anywhere between 55,000 and 100,000 people, was almost exclusively white.
The incident was reminiscent of a play during Game 1 of the 1996 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. In that case, 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier deflected Derek Jeter's fly ball as Baltimore outfielder Tony Tarasco prepared to catch it. Umpire Rich Garcia ruled the play a game-tying home run.
And Posada was behind the dish on May 17, 1998, when Wells retired all 27 Minnesota batters he faced for the first perfecto at the Stadium since fellow San Diego native Don Larsen accomplished the feat in the 1956 World Series.
The sweltering afternoon of July 18, 1999, was Yogi Berra Day in the Bronx, and there was Don Larsen throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to his former battery mate as a re-creation of Larsen's perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. Two hours, sixteen minutes and 27 consecutively retired Montreal Expos later, there was David Cone, collapsing to his knees. Having been on the receiving end of the 16th perfect game in Major League Baseball history ...
One of several emotional high points in Sunday's "Prayer for America" service at New York's Yankee Stadium followed Bette Midler's singing of "Wind Beneath My Wings."
A famous stadium that normally reverberates to the shouting and cheering of baseball fans became an unlikely cathedral last night in which the relatives and friends of America's terrorist victims paid their tearful respects.
President Bush threw out the ceremonial opening pitch of World Series Game 3 at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night ... (a table embedded in the article notes that 1956 was the fifth and final instance of a sitting president throwing out the first pitch at a World Series game).
In a defining moment in American history, President George W. Bush delivered the ceremonial first pitch to start Game 3 of the 2001 World Series. From the top of the pitcher's mound in Yankee Stadium ...
The Astros set a major league record for the number of pitchers who combined for a no-hitter at six, surpassing the previous record of four ... the first time they had been no-hit at Yankee Stadium since 1952.
It took a record six pitchers to no-hit the New York Yankees, and that wasn't the only bizarre thing about the Houston Astros' big night in the Bronx ...
Boston didn't need any of the late-inning dramatics that marked the last three games, leading 6–0 after two innings. Ortiz, the series MVP, started it with a two-run homer in the first off broken-down Kevin Brown, and Damon quieted Yankee Stadium in the second inning ...
Pope Benedict XVI holds the papel staff as he waves good-bye to clergymen after delivering mass at Yankee Stadium on April 20, 2008 in New York.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass and American Catholicism in storied Yankee Stadium on Sunday, telling his massive U.S. flock to use its freedoms wisely as he closed out his first papal trip to the United States.
When the Orioles tied it in the fourth, Molina came up in the bottom of the inning with a man on second and one out. He had just two homers in 259 at-bats, but he lifted his third onto the netting above the retired numbers, pumping his fists as he put the Yankees ahead, 5–3, with the last homer the Stadium will ever see ... The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Julia Ruth Stevens, the daughter of the Babe, who beamed as she bounced her toss to Posada.