The New York Yankees played their first game at Yankee Stadium on April 18, 1923 in front of more than 72,000 fans. Babe Ruth hit the first home run of the new ballpark, a two-run shot off Red Sox pitcher Howard Ehmke, to help New York beat Boston, 4-1. The new $2.5 million ballpark was the first to feature three decks.
On February 6, 1921, the New York Yankees announced the purchase of a ten-acre plot of land from the estate of William Waldorf Astor. The site, purchased for $675,000 and situated on the west side of the Bronx, would serve as the location of the new Yankee Stadium. Construction of the new ballpark began in May 1922, and the Yankees would play their first game in the new stadium on April 18, 1923.
The Washington Senators stole 13 bases against New York Highlanders catcher Branch Rickey on June 28, 1907 at Yankee Stadium. The Senators would also manage 20 hits against New York pitching, en route to a 16-5 victory.
My heroes, my dreams, and my future lay in Yankee Stadium. And they can’t take that away from me.
On August 17, 1948, one day after Babe Ruth’s death, Yankee Tommy Henrich launched his fourth grand slam for the season, thus tying one of Ruth’s records. Ruth’s body, which was on display at Yankee Stadium, received visits from approximately 100,000 fans. The Great Bambino was buried at the Cemetery of the Gate of Heaven in Hawthorne, New York two days later.
On Sunday, May 17, 1998 at Yankee Stadium, New York defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-0 as David Wells retired every batter he faced. The game took approximately two hours and forty minutes and was played in front of almost 50,000 fans. It was just the 13th perfect game pitched in modern Major League history.
Unlike the modern tradition of naming ballparks after corporate sponsors (e.g. Busch Stadium, Safeco Field, U.S. Cellular Field, etc.), in 1959, San Francisco held a Name-the-Park contest to rename what was then called Bay View Stadium. On March 3rd, the winning entry was announced: Candlestick Park. The name served to describe the shape of the rocks found in the area known as Candlestick Point.