*Remembering Yankee Stadium:
(For your reading pleasure adapted from REMEMBERING YANKEE
STADIUM: AN ORAL AND
NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT, on sale everywhere, buy
ROLLIE FINGERS: The Stadium bullpen
was a good place to watch a ball game from. Sitting on the bench,
you would pop your feet up on the fence. If you were hungry you
could always give a kid a baseball and he would go and get you a hot
RON SWOBODA: All kinds of things went on in the bullpens. Sometimes
we would send out the back door for pizza. There were rumors that
some young ladies would occasionally slip in through the back door.
I was never involved in any of that, but it was entirely possible.
BILL LEE: The guys who worked at the Stadium, the ones who groomed
the area, the ushers, they were the ones to be friendly with. That
was how you got your food. You tipped them well and they would bring
a pizza, anything.
RON SWOBODA: The folks who used to sit in the bleachers were
interesting. You saw the same people every day. They were mostly
guys, a bit older, all huge fans. You kind of wondered what they
did. You could stand up next to the fence there in right field and
just talk to them.
BILL LEE: Moe Drabowsky, who played for Baltimore, as the story
goes, would get into the Stadium switchboard. Moe called the Queen
of England one time. He called China one time. He called the
The 1972 season ended with the Yankees at 79-76 in fourth place in
the American League East. Their attendance was a puny 966,328, the
only time that decade of the 70s that the Yankees would have a
season's attendance below a million at home.
However, they contended until the middle of September thanks to the
superb relief pitching of Lyle and the solid hitting of Bobby Murcer.
TONY FERRARO: Bobby Murcer used to sit in his chair and rock all the
time. A friend of mine was in the furniture business. I asked him
"Can you send me rocking chair? "
He said "Yeah, where do you want me
to send it?"
"Send it to Yankee Stadium."
He sends the rocking chair, and we put it in front of Murcer's
locker. "I'm getting tired of seeing you rocking in the chair," I
told him. "You need a regular rocking chair." Then one day someone
sawed the rockers off it. Who do you think that was? Sparky Lyle. He
was a great guy for doing pranks. But Murcer had it fixed and before
long, he was rocking again. When he was traded to San Francisco in
1975, he took the rocking chair with him.
On January 3, 1973, a group led by George Steinbrenner III purchased
the Yankees from CBS for an estimated ten million dollars, a price
called an "astonishing bargain" by some since the City of New York
paid more than $1 million for a parking lot as part of the package.
Opening Day of the first year of Steinbrenner's principal ownership
and the last season of the old Yankee Stadium (r, photo by Joey
Cooperman) the Yankees became one of the last Major League clubs to
convert to non-flannel uniforms made of polyester. . . .
Harvey Frommer is his 33rd consecutive year of writing sports books.
The author of 40 of them including the classics: "New York City
Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his
REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM, an oral/narrative history (Abrams,
Stewart, Tabori and Chang) was published September 1, 2008 as well
as a reprint version of his "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball.".
Frommer sports books are available direct from the author -
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