*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.
to Don Larsen:
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.
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
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
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
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
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 -
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