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July 12, 2008

The Greatest Moments in Yankee Stadium History

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With the All-Star game being seen by many as the last hurrah for Yankee Stadium, I figured this would make a great Friday 5 at 5. But I quickly learned it was way too hard to limit it to 5, and even if you did, the closest to a baseball game you might come would be a heartwarming speech. As I see it, no list is complete with less then these 15 moments.

“The House that Ruth Built” April 18, 1923 – Who else but Babe Ruth would hit the Stadium’s first home run, and who else but the Red Sox would it be against? The Babe opens the world’s largest ballpark in style with a 3rd inning blast to the right field bleachers as part of a 4-1 win.
“The Unbreakable Record” September 30, 1927 – Babe Ruth breaks his own record, hitting his 60th home run of the season into the right field bleachers. The unbelievable tally is more then any team in the AL hit.
“Win One for the Gipper” November 10, 1928 – With Notre Dame trailing 6-0 at halftime, Knute Rockne delivers the most famous speech in college football history. The Fightin’ Irish rally to win one for the Gipper, beating the unbeaten Cadets 12-6.
“The Brown Bomber Strikes” June 22, 1938 – In the heart of the depression, a black American faces the pride of Nazi Germany. Joe Louis knocks out Max Schmeling just over two minutes into the first round.
“The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth” July 4, 1939 – In the middle of a doubleheader, the Yankees hold Lou Gehrig day, where Gehrig delivers the most famous speech in sports history.
“The Game of the Century” November 9, 1946 – Two time defending national champion Army against the team who would win the next two national championships, Notre Dame. The only game to ever include 4 Heisman Trophy winners ends in a scoreless tie in possibly the greatest game in college football history.
“The Original Tape Measure Home Run” May 30, 1956 – Mickey Mantle comes closer then anybody else ever had before or has since to hitting a home run out of Yankee Stadium. Mantle’s long ball off of Pedro Ramos hit the right field facade, missing leaving the stadium by just 18 inches. The ball is estimated to have travelled over 600 feet if it hadn’t hit the facade. Mantle went on to win the Triple Crown at the end of the season.
“The Imperfect Man Who Was Perfect for One Day” October 8, 1956 – Don Larsen is surprised to be starting Game Game 5 of the World Series for the Yankees, but goes out and has the game of a lifetime. After Dale Mitchell strikes out for the 27th straight out, Yogi Berra leaps into Larsen’s arms to celebrate.
“The Greatest Game Ever Played” December 28, 1958 – Tied at 17 after regulation, the Colts and Giants play the first sudden death overtime in NFL history. Alan Ameche dives in from 1 yard out to give the Colts a
23-17 win in what has come to be known as the greatest game in NFL history.
“61 in 61” October 1, 1961 – Roger Maris breaks the unbreakable record, hitting his 61st homer of the season into the same seats Babe Ruth had smacked his 60th into 34 years earlier.
“Mr. October is Born” October 18, 1977 – Reggie Jackson is walked on four pitches in his first plate appearance. He would only see three pitches the rest of the game, and deposit all three in the outfield seats. Jackson’s third homer is the first to reach the black hitters background in the newly remodeled Yankee Stadium. The 8-4 win clinches the Yankees first World Series title in 15 years.
“Brett Goes Crazy” July 24, 1983 – George Brett hits what seems to be a go ahead homer for the Royals with two out in the 9th inning to give the Royals a 5-4 lead. Home plate ump Tim McClelland rules the pine tar was too high up Brett’s bat and declares Brett to be the 27th out of the game, sending Brett sprinting out of the dugout straight for McClelland. Brett would be tossed, but the ruling was
eventually overruled, and the Royals won 5-4 anyway.
“A 12 Year Old Gets His 15 Minutes” October 9, 1996 – Derek Jeter’s 8th inning hit gets helped into the stands by 12 year old fan Jeffrey Maier. The HR helps lead the Yankees to win the game, series, and the team’s first World Series in 18 years.
“It’s Like Deja Vu All Over Again” July 18, 1999 – Don Larsen threw out the 1st pitch to help celebrate Yogi Berra Day at the Stadium. Berra hands the ball to Joe Girardi who passes it to batterymate David Cone. Cone then throws just 88 pitches in retiring all 27 Montreal Expos for the 16th perfect game in MLB history.
“Aaron Bleeping Boone” October 16, 2003 – Aaron Boone sends Tim Wakefield’s 11th inning screwball into the left field seats to end Game 7 of the ALCS.


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