We Get The Point: Yankee Stadium is Important

Matthew GilmartinSenior Analyst IJuly 15, 2008

The media, ESPN especially, has bombarded us with notices during every commercial break in any show, that 2008 is Yankee Stadium's last season. 

As frustrated as I am with the constant advertisements, I can see why they're doing this - there's more history at Yankee Stadium than in a school textbook.

Dozens of the most famous players ever to play in the MLB played there - Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Roger Maris, among others.

On its opening day - April 18, 1923 - "Sailor" Bob Shawkey pitched the Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox, and Babe Ruth hit a homerun.  It was hit in the third inning, with two baserunners, into the right-field bleachers.  That homer was the first in the now-lengthy history of Yankee Stadium.  60,000 proud New Yorkers witnessed this game.

Joe DiMaggio, as you may know, holds the record for most consecutive games hit in safely - 56. His streak began on May 15, 1941 and ended on July 17, 1941.  He broke the previous record of 44 games - held by Willie Keeler - at Yankee Stadium on July 2, 1941.  Ironically DiMaggio went on to hit safely in 16 straight games after his streak ended.  All in all he hit safely in 72-of-73 games.

Roger Maris hit 61 homeruns in 1961 (isn't that ironic).  Back then it was a single-season record.  Maris hit his 61st homer in the fourth inning of the last game of the season in New York off of Red Sox pitcher Evan Tracy Stallard.  Maris broke former Yankee Babe Ruth's old single-season record of 60 dingers that year.  Maris' total currently ranks sixth all-time. 

The point is, Yankee Stadium is home to lots of baseball milestones and history.  We know that.  So stop shoving it down our throats, ESPN.  Let us live in peace and appreciate Yankee Stadium for what it is on our own. 


Sources: http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseballlibrary/submit/Frommer_Harvey10.stm