1. Some wanted the brand new Yankee Stadium in 1923 to
be called "Ruth Stadium." They settled for the nick-name "the House That
2. It took 500 workers 185 days to build the original
3. At the start, names of Yankee players were
imprinted in white chalk near the top of their lockers.
4. The practice of selling more tickets than existing
seats endured until a 1929 stampede in the right field bleachers left
two dead, 62 injured.
5. Negro League teams who played at the Stadium when
the Yanks were on the road were not allowed to use the Yankee dressing
rooms. Instead they were obliged to use the visitors' dressing room.
6. "Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day" was staged before
61,808 on July 4, 1939 and his uniform number 4 was the first in
baseball history to be retired.
7. In 1941, Yankee president Ed Barrow offered Civil
Defense the use of Yankee Stadium as a bomb shelter in case of attack.
He thought the area under the stands could provide a safe haven.
8. On August 16, 1948, Babe Ruth died of throat cancer
at age 53. His body lay in state at Yankee Stadium and was viewed by
more than 100,000 fans.
9. The last home run at the original Yankee Stadium on
September 30, 1973 was hit by Duke Sims in his seventh day as a Yankee.
A coin toss that day tabbed him to play. It was not until much later
that Sims realized the significance of his home run shot.
10. The film "61" was filmed in Detroit, not at Yankee
Stadium. Billy Crystal explained the Motor City ballpark architecture
was better able to be made to resemble that of the Yankee Stadium of
11. Sal Durante, the guy who caught the ball Roger
Maris hit for his 61st homer, bought tickets the day of the game at a
less-than-sold- out Yankee Stadium.
12. Mickey Mantle originally wore Number 6, but
equipment manager Pete Sheehy switched him to Number 7 after Mantle was
recalled from Kansas City.
13. Twenty thousand letters that Mickey Mantle never
answered were not bid on in the old Yankee Stadium fire sale in 1974.
14. There was widespread and indiscriminate disposal
of valuable items during demolition of much of the Stadium in the mid
15. Among the items sold in the refurbishment "fire
sale" at Yankee Stadium were player jockstraps which had names on them
for identification when they came back from the laundry. The selling was
stopped because of sanitary reasons.
16. In 1976, a homer by Chris Chambliss gave the
Yankees the American League pennant. Such a mob crowded the plate that
Chambliss was taken back a few minutes after hitting the homer, and he
finally touched home plate.
17. All kinds of crazy things went on in the bullpens
- some of them outlandish and some of them sexy and lots having to do
18. In 1988, behind a wall that was closed off for
decades, a scorecard, a program and what was supposedly the bases for
the 1936 team were unearthed.
19. The 1990 Yankees had but one starting pitcher who
won more than seven games, nine-game winner Tim Leary. But he also lost
20. On September 11, 2001 within 90 minutes of the
horrific attacks on the World Trade Center, Yankee Stadium was
21. Ron Guidry, a good drummer, once kept a trap set
at Yankee Stadium and also played in a post-game concert with the Beach
22. Joe Torre was witness to all three perfect games
in Yankee Stadium history: He saw Don Larsen's beauty as a 16-year-old
fan, and the gems spun by David Wells and David Cone from the dugout as
23. Bob Sheppard holds the record for seeing the most
games at Yankee Stadium.
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