Yankee Stadium

By | Apr 18, 2008

The first game was played in Yankee Stadium on April 18, 1923. 2008 will be the last year for the old stadium with the New York Yankees moving to their new stadium in 2009.

The stadium has been called the “House the Ruth built” for the Yankee star out fielder, Babe Ruth. And in fitting fashion Ruth hit the first Home Run, a three run shot in the opening game. The game was against the Boston Red Sox and ended with a Yankee 4-1 win.

In the history of baseball only twice has a team won the World Series in the year that their home stadium opened. The first was the 1923 Yankees. The next didn’t occur until 2006 with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The New York Football Giants called Yankee stadium home from 1956 until 1973. It was in Yankee Stadium that the Giants played the Baltimore Colts in the 1958 championship game on December 28. This game is commonly called, ‘The Greatest Game Ever Played’. The Colts lead by Quarterback Johnny Unitas tied the game with 7 seconds left in regulation and went on to win in overtime, 23-17.

Yankee Stadium has seen lot of different sports over the years. There has been Baseball All-Star games, Soccer, boxing and college football. It also features Monument Park, a collection of monuments and plaques honoring the greats who have played there.

2008 is sure to be a memorable one for the fans of the stadium. The 2008 All-Star game will be played there on July 15. The last regular season game is scheduled for September 21, 2008 against the Baltimore Orioles. Coincidentally the Yankees’ city of origin was in Baltimore, moving to New York after the 1902 season.


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