Yankee Stadium

On February 6, 1921, the New York Yankees announced the purchase of ten acres of property in the west Bronx. The future home of Yankee Stadium was purchased from the estate of William Waldorf Astor for $675,000. On April 18, 1923, "The House That Ruth Built" opened for business.

Yankee Stadium was a gigantic horseshoe shaped triple-decked ballpark that was the first to be called a stadium. Countless articles have been written by countless historians bringing forth every aspect of the stadium's history. Harvey Frommer even once described its seat parts in great detail, "There were 10,712 upper-grandstand seats and 14,543 lower grandstand seats were fixed in place by 135,000 individual steel castings on which 400,000 pieces of maple lumber were fastened by more than a million screws."

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I'd give a year of my life if I can hit a home run in the first game in this new park (Yankee Stadium)." - Babe Ruth (who went deep in the third inning of the Opening Day game on April 18, 1923)

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Major League Occupant(s)

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First Game
04-18-1923
Last Game
First Game
Last Game
09-21-2008

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Yankee Stadium Seating Chart

Ballpark Capacity & Seating Chart

Capacity Changes
( Yearly Attendance )
1923
58,000
1926
62,000
1927
82,000
1928
67,113
1929
62,000
1937
71,699
1942
70,000
1948
67,000
1958
67,205
1961
67,337
1965
67,000
1971
65,010
1976
54,028
1977
57,145
1980
57,545

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Ballpark Diagram & Dimensions

Backstop
1923
82'
1953
80'
1976
84'
Left Field
1923
280.58'
1928
301'
1976
312'
1988
318'
Left Field (Short)
1923
395'
1928
402'
1976
387'
1985
379'
Left Field (Deep)
1923
500'
1924
490'
1937
457'
1976
430'
1985
411'
1988
399'
Center Field
1923
487'
1937
461'
1967
463'
1976
417'
1985
410'
1988
408'
Right Field (Deep)
1923
429'
1937
407'
1976
385'
Right Field (Short)
1923
350'
1937
367'
1976
353'
Right Field
1923
294.75'
1930
295'
1939
296'
1976
310'
1988
314'

Right Field

"Centerfield," "Centerfield,"

Everyone wants to play centerfield
in Yankee Stadium

Just like Joe D and The Mick

As for me, I'll play right field
in the old Stadium,
protecting the short porch gallantly
the way Ruth, Henrich and Maris did

At bat, those seats would be my "home,"
my upper deck wallops landing in the
shadow of the ancient facade
or
blooping a liner just over the "296 ft" sign

Huggins, McCarthy, Casey and Houk
would welcome me back to the dugout

Poem © by Steve Sears (March 11, 1996).

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Yankee Stadium on Babe Ruth Day

Miscellaneous Items of Interest

Monuments:
468' Home Plate to Wall In Back
Owned By:
1923
New York Yankees
1971
City of New York
Field Surfaces
1923
Merion Bluegrass
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baseball almanac fast facts

The architect who designed "The Yankee Stadium" (which was its original name) was Osborn Engineering (1923) and Praeger-Kavanaugh-Waterbury (1976). The construction was done by White Construction Company in 1923at the cost of $2.5 million and the renovation in 1976 cost $160 million.

In the first Yankee Stadium (pre-1976) there were actually three centerfield monuments in fair territory; Lou Gehrig on the left, Miller Huggins in the middle and Babe Ruth on the right. Since the 1976 renovation the New York Yankees have added many plaques and the comprehensive chart below includes all plaques and dedications:

Monument Park

Name Monument Dedication
Miller Huggins 05-30-1932
Jacob Ruppert 04-19-1940
Lou Gehrig 07-06-1941
Babe Ruth 04-19-1949
Ed Barrow 04-15-1954
Pope Paul VI 10-04-1965
Joe DiMaggio 06-18-1969
Mickey Mantle 06-18-1969
Joe McCarthy 04-29-1976
Casey Stengel 04-30-1976
Pope John Paul II 10-02-1979
Thurman Munson 09-20-1980
Elston Howard 07-21-1984
Roger Maris 07-21-1984
Phil Rizzuto 08-04-1985
Billy Martin 08-10-1986
Lefty Gomez 08-01-1987
Whitey Ford 08-01-1987
Bill Dickey 08-21-1988
Yogi Berra 08-21-1988
Allie Reynolds 08-27-1989
Don Mattingly 08-31-1997
Mel Allen 07-25-1998
Bob Sheppard 05-07-2000
Reggie Jackson 07-06-2002
9/11 Victims 09-11-2002
Ron Guidry 08-23-2003
Red Ruffing 07-10-2004

Did you know that underneath second base in Yankee Stadium there was (removed in 1976) once a brick vault fifteen feet wide that contained electrical, telephone and miscellaneous equipment for boxing events?

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