Yankee Stadium Firsts (A Very Partial List)
As the days draw closer to a precious few for Yankee
Stadium, herewith some "firsts" on the big ballpark in the Bronx that
has been with us since 1923.
First regular season game at Yankee Stadium, April 18,
1923, a 4-1 win over Boston.
First pitch thrown in Yankee Stadium, Bob Shawkey, Yankees,
April 18, 1923.
First batter at Yankee Stadium, Chick Fewster, Red Sox
April 18, 1923.
First hit at Yankee Stadium, George Burns, Red Sox April
18, 1923, second inning single.
First Yankee hit at Yankee Stadium, Aaron Ward April 18,
First error, Babe Ruth, April 18, dropped fly ball in 5th
First home run in Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth hits a two-run
shot in third inning off Boston's Howard Ehmke in a 4-1 Yankee victory,
April 18, 1923.
First Yankee winning pitcher in World Series, Joe Bush,
October 14, 1923.
First loss at Yankee Stadium, 4-3 to Washington , April 22,
First World Series game in Yankee Stadium, first one heard
on a nationwide radio network, October 10, 1923.
First World Series home run at Yankee Stadium, Casey
Stengel of the New York Giants hit an inside-the-park shot in Game 1 of
the 1923 World Series.
First player to have his number retired, Lou Gehrig, #4, on
Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, July 4, 1939.
First night game at Yankee Stadium, May 28, 1946, a 2-1
loss to Washington.
First World Series pinch-hit home run, Yogi Berra against
the Brooklyn Dodgers, Game 3 of the 1947 World Series.
First rookie to get two hits in one inning, Billy Martin,
in a nine-run, eighth-inning rally at Fenway Park, April 18, 1950.
First Yankee Stadium day game completed with lights, August
First Yankees game behind the microphone for Bob Sheppard,
April 17, 1951, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox.
First home game outside of Yankee Stadium since 1922, April
6, 1974, as the Yanks begin playing the first of two seasons at Shea
First home run at refurbished Yankee Stadium, Dan Ford of
Minnesota, April 15, 1976.
First Yankee winning pitcher at refurbished Yankee Stadium,
Dick Tidrow, April 15, 1976.
First home run by a Yankee at refurbished stadium, Thurman
Munson, April 17, 1976.
First championship series game at Yankee Stadium, October
12, 1976, a 5-3 win over Kansas City.
First World Series game played by Yankees at night, October
17, 1976, at Cincinnati, a 4-3 loss to Reds.
First night World Series game at Yankee Stadium, October
19, 1976, a 6-2 loss to Cincinnati.
First team to host both the All Star Game and World Series
in the same season, 1977.
First pitcher to throw a regular-season perfect game at
Yankee Stadium, David Wells May 17, 1998.
First time a U.S. President visits Yankee Stadium during
the World Series, George W. Bush, who threw out the first ball, Game 3,
October 30, 2001
First November World Series Game, November 1, 2001,
Yankees beat Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-2, at the Stadium.
First team in postseason history to win two straight games
when trailing after eight innings, 2001 World Series, games four and
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