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Stepping inside Fenway Park and Wrigley Field is like stepping back in time for a baseball fan. Yankee Stadium doesn?t have their character or charm. It was built in 1923 and modernized with a major renovation in the mid-1970s. But there?s a reason Yankee Stadium is arguably the most famous sporting venue on Earth. It has been the site of so many famous events. We picked 20, to help tell the story:

<b>1923 The opener (April 18, 1923)</b>

Three years after being sold from Boston to the Yankees, Babe Ruth homered into the right field stands, and New York defeated the Red Sox, 4-1, in the first game at ?The House that Ruth Built.?

<b>1927 Ruth hits No. 60 (Sept. 30, 1927) </b>

The ?27 Yankees were one of the greatest teams in baseball history, going 110-44. Lou Gehrig hit 47 home runs, and Babe Ruth hit 60, with the last one sent into the rightfield bleachers against Washington?s Zach Zachary.

<b>1928 Rockne?s ?Gipper? Speech (Nov. 10, 1928)</b>

Trailing Army 6-0, Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne urged his squad to ?win one for the Gipper.? The Irish rallied for a 12-6 victory in honor of former All-America George Gipp, who died in 1920.

<b>1934 Negro Leagues showcase (Sept. 9, 1934)</b>

Pittsburgh Crawfords ace Satchel Paige and Philadelphia Stars ace Slim Jones pitched to a 1-1 tie in a game called because of darkness.

Jones struck out nine batters, including Cool Papa Bell, Bill Perkins, Oscar Charleston and Josh Gibson.

<b>1936 Big loss for Seven Blocks of Granite (Nov. 22, 1936)</b>

Yankee Stadium used to be a showcase for college football each Thanksgiving. This time, undefeated Fordham and its famous defensive front, featuring Vince Lombardi, needed one more win to reach the Rose Bowl. But with 50,000 watching, New York University (4-3-1) dashed its rival?s hopes with a 7-6 victory in the sleet and mud.

<b>1938 Louis vs. Schmeling (June 22, 1938)</b>

Joe Louis not only won the heavyweight title against Max Schmeling, but he also gave the United States a point of pride against Hitler?s Nazi Germany. Louis was another African-American standing tall, just like Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

<b>1939 ?Luckiest man? speech (July 4, 1939)</b>

One month after being diagnosed with ALS at the Mayo Clinic, Lou Gehrig told a crowd of more than 60,000: ?Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.?

<b>1941 DiMaggio?s streak (June 17, 1941)</b>

Joe DiMaggio?s major league record 56-game hitting streak ended on July 17, 1941, at Cleveland?s League Park. A key moment, however, came one month earlier at Yankee Stadium, when official scorer Dan Daniel gave DiMaggio a hit on a ball that bounced off Chicago shortstop Luke Appling?s shoulder, extending the streak to 30 games.

<b>1947 ?Babe Ruth Day? (April 27, 1947)</b>

Hobbled with cancer, Babe Ruth spoke in a raspy voice to a crowd of 60,000 on ?Babe Ruth Day.? He returned one last time, on June 13, 1948, for a ceremony honoring the stadium?s 25th anniversary. A photo from that last appearance by Nat Fein won the Pulitzer Prize.

<b>1951 ?Voice of God? debuts (April 17, 1951)</b>

Reggie Jackson called Yankees public address announcer Bob Sheppard ?The Voice of God.? In his first game in the 1951 opener, Sheppard called the names of seven future Hall of Famers: Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Mize, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, along with Boston?s Ted Williams and Lou Boudreau.

<b>1956 Mantle hits the facade (May 30, 1956)</b>

Mickey Mantle hit many of the longest homers in the stadium?s history. This one came off Washington Senators righthander Pedro Ramos, who later pitched for the Twins. The ball hit the stadium?s famed facade, hanging down from the right field roof, and came about 18 inches from leaving the entire ballpark.

<b>1956 Larsen?s perfect game (Oct. 8, 1956)</b>

With the World Series deadlocked at two games apiece, Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in Series history, blanking the rival Brooklyn Dodgers, 2-0. Two days later, the Yankees won the series with a 9-0 victory in Game 7.

<b>1958 ?Greatest Game Ever Played? (Dec. 28, 1958)</b>

In a game that changed the sports landscape, the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in overtime, 23-17, for the NFL title. John Unitas, Raymond Berry and Alan Ameche became household names.

<b>1961 Maris hits No. 61 (Oct. 1, 1961)</b>

Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season into the rightfield stands, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1927. Commissioner Ford Frick said Maris? record deserved an asterisk because Ruth achieved 60 in a 154-game season, compared to 162 for Maris.

<b>1965 Pope Paul VI?s visit (Oct. 4, 1965)</b>

One of three papal visits at Yankee Stadium, this one brought about 90,000 to see Pope Paul VI. Pope John Paul II visited Yankee Stadium in 1979, and Pope Benedict XVI this year on April 20.

<b>1976 The re-opening (April 11, 1976)</b>

After a $160 million renovation that forced the Yankees to play the 1974 and 1975 seasons at Shea Stadium, the stadium re-opened with a game against the Twins. Minnesota?s (Disco) Dan Ford hit a first-inning homer in an 11-4 Yankees victory.

<b>1977 Mr. October (Oct. 18, 1977)</b>

Reggie Jackson hits three home runs to lead the Yankees over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the clinching Game 6 of the World Series. The home runs came on three consecutive swings against Burt Hooton, Elias Sosa and Charlie Hough.

<b>2001 Mr. November (Oct. 31, 2001)</b>

After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the postseason was moved back a week. Game 4 of the World Series went past midnight, meaning it was Nov. 1 when Derek Jeter hit his game-winning, 10th-inning homer off Arizona?s Byung-Hyun Kim.

<b>2003 Boone?s game-winner (Oct. 16, 2003)</b>

After Grady Little pulled Pedro Martinez from Game 7 of the American League Championship Series, the Yankees came back to force extra innings. Aaron Boone won it with a home run off Tim Wakefield in the 11th inning.

<b>2004 Schilling?s? bloody sock (Oct. 19, 2004)</b>

Pitching with sutures in his right ankle and red splotches on his white sock, Curt Schilling held the Yankees to one run over seven innings in Game 6 of the ALCS. That forced Game 7, which the Red Sox won en route to their first World Series title since they had Babe Ruth, in 1918.

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