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*Yankee Stadium Prisms and Sidebars  - (A Very Partial List.)

As the days draw closer to a precious few for Yankee Stadium, herewith some oddities, factoids and singular information on the big ballpark in the Bronx that has been with us since 1923.

Ron Guidry was a good drummer and once kept a trap set at Yankee Stadium. He played in a post-game concert with the Beach Boys.

Outside the stadium is a 120-foot high baseball bat with Babe Ruth’s signature and the Louisville slugger logo. Its purpose is to cover a boiler vent.

A Letter to Don Larsen:

"Dear Mr. Larsen: It is a noteworthy event when anybody achieves perfection in anything. It has been so long since anyone pitched a perfect big league game that I have to go back to my generation of ballplayers to recall such a thing ­ and that is truly a long time ago.

"This note brings you my very sincere congratulations on a memorable feat, one that will inspire pitchers for a long time to come. With best wishes, 


            Dwight D. Eisenhower
            President of the United States

Bob Sheppard’s Favorite Names:

1. Mickey Mantle

2. Shigetoshi Hasegawa

3. Salome Barojas

4. Jose Valdivielso

5. Alvaro Espinoza

Yankee World Series Game-Ending Homers

Tommy Henrich, New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn, 1949, Game 1, 9th, 1-0.

Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees vs. St. Louis, 1964, Game 3, 9th, 2-1.

Chad Curtis, New York Yankees vs. Atlanta, 1999, Game 3, 10th, 6-5

Derek Jeter, New York Yankees vs. Arizona, 2001, Game 4, 10th, 4-3

Bob Sheppard's Favorite Stadium Moments:

Don Larsen's perfect game.

Roger Maris belting his then-record 61st regular-season home run in 1961.

Chris Chambliss blasting a homer leading off the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS against Kansas City that gave the Yankees their first American League pennant in 12 years.

Reggie Jackson's three home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers on three consecutive pitches in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.

Babe Ruth never homered into the right field upper deck. The grandstand in right field ended at the foul pole and was not extended until 1937 three years after the Sultan of Swat was no longer a member of the Yankees.

The outfield wall at Yankee actually was always of uniform height. It was the ground beneath it that sloped. At the original Stadium, there was a shap pitch to the outfield grass uphill to the fence , just three feet high. 


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 Yankee Stadium day game completed with lights, August 29, 1950.

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 Stadium.

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 night World Series game at Yankee Stadium, October 19, 1976, a 6-2 loss to Cincinnati. 

*Adapted from the author's forthcoming book -


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) will be published in September 2008 as well as a reprint version of his "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball.". 

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Harvey Frommer is in his  38th year of writing books. A noted oral historian and sports journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics: "New York City Baseball,1947-1957" and "Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball," his acclaimed REMEMBERING YANKEE STADIUM was published in 2008 and his REMEMBERING FENWAY PARK: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE HOME OF RED SOX NATION was published to acclaim in 2011.  The prolific Frommer is at work on When It Was Just a Game, An Oral History on Super Bowel One. 

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