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.
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