Yankee Stadium – The End of An Era

By | Sep 21, 2008

At the beginning of the Baseball season I published a post about Yankee Stadium. Tonight the last game ever will be played at that old memorable ballpark so I thought I’d republished that post. (Updated as needed)

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The first game was played in Yankee Stadium on April 18, 1923. 2008 is the last season for the old stadium. The New York Yankees moves 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.

Even though the Yankees played below expectations, the stadium featured plenty of good times. The 2008 All-Star game was played there on July 15 with the American League winning the 15 inning game. The last regular season game is September 21, 2008 against the Baltimore Orioles. Coincidentally the Yankees’ city of origin was in Baltimore. The franchise moved to New York after the 1902 season, the only one that was played in Baltimore.

Note: Added at noon on 9/22/08
The last pitch was thrown by the Yankee Closer Mariano Rivera to Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts who hit a ground ball to first.

New York finished 4,133-2,430-17 at Yankee Stadium.

The cost for the original ballpark was $2.5 million and was built in 284 days.

The New York Yankees have said that Yankee Stadium was the first sports venue to be called a stadium.

Julia Ruth Stevens, 92-year-old daughter of the Babe, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to injured catcher Jorge Posada.

Many of the players from both teams as well as former Yankee Great Don Larsen (Larsen pitched in what can be considered the greatest game at Yankee Stadium when he pitched the only World Series No-hitter) scooped up dirt from the field.


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