Stats and Facts
for Fans of Baseball's Greatest Franchise, the New York
With the hot stove
season in full swing and baseball news about free agents and
trades dominating the headlines, for fans of baseball's
greatest franchise, the
there is also a treasure trove of history to appreciate. So
Yankee Stadium Factoids and Oddities
Yankee Stadium had 36 ticket booths and 40 turnstiles that
ticked like clocks tallying up the gate. F.C. Lane, in a
1923 issue of The Literary Digest, called it "the last word
in ball parks." Egotistical baseball commissioner Kenesaw
Mountain Landis arrived at the first game there via the
subway. He was caught up in the swarm of bodies outside the
gates and had to be rescued by the police.
Despite claims to
the contrary, the outfield wall at Yankee stadium has
actually always been uniform height. The ground beneath
sloped, and at the original Stadium, a sharp pitch to the
outfield grass went uphill to the fence that was just three
Former star hurler
Ron Guidry was a good drummer; he once kept a trap set at
Yankee Stadium, and even had a gig in a post-game concert
with the Beach Boys.
In 1988, a wall
that was closed off for decades was unearthed. Among the
findings; scorecard, a program and what was supposedly the
bases used in 1936.
The shooting of
the Billy Crystal film "61" took place in
not Yankee Stadium. Crystal maintained that the architecture
there was able to more closely approximate that of Yankee
Stadium in 1961.
The late and great
public address announcer Bob Sheppard's favorite stadium
moments; Don Larsen's perfect game, Roger Maris belting his
then-record 61st regular-season home run in 1961, the
Yankees' Chris Chambliss blasting a homer leading off the
bottom of the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS
that gave the Yankees their first AL pennant in 12 years and
the Yankees' Reggie Jackson's three home runs against the
on three consecutive pitches in Game 6 of the 1977 World
Series. Roger Clemens always patted the Babe Ruth monument
for good luck before coming in to pitch.
Started in 1965,
Bat Day has bragging rights to the longest running
By the Numbers
0002: After Allie
Reynolds pitched his second no-hitter for the Yankees in
1951, Manhattan's Hotel Edison, where he along with some
teammates lived, changed his room number from 2019 to 0002
1 1/2: This was
the uniform number worn by opera star Robert Merrill, the
man who for many years sang the national anthem at Yankee
3: All three
perfect games in Yankee Stadium history were witnessed by
Joe Torre; Larsen's in 1956 as a 16-year-old fan, and the
gems spun by David Wells and David Cone from the dugout as
14: Yogi Berra
stayed away from Yankee Stadium for 14 years, unhappy with
the treatment he had received from George Steinbrenner.
Sheppard's per game earning in 1951 when he began working
for the Yankees.
18: Joe DiMaggio's
original uniform, number given to him by equipment manager
Pete Sheehy and later changed to 5 for historical
significance reasons. Ruth wore number 3 and Gehrig 4.
No. 42, which has
been retired from Major League Baseball in honor of Jackie
Robinson. A "grandfather clause" permits Mariano Rivera to
wear this number. When he retires, the Yankees will probably
honor both Robinson and Rivera with the official retirement
of the number.
56: Joe DiMaggio's
56-game hitting streak included 56 singles and runs scored.
It covered 53 day games three night games, 29 at Yankee
Stadium and 27 road games.
58: The original
number of Mariano Rivera.
148: On May 12,
1959, Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games came to an
end when he committed an error on his 34th birthday.
185: Number of
working days it took for the original Yankee Stadium to be
$400: This was the
amount Mickey Mantle was paid in 1949 to finish out a minor
Yankee home attendance for a game, September 25, 1966
454 2/3: This was
the number of innings Jack Chesbro pitched for Highlanders
457: Babe Ruth is
the all time season leader in total bases. He reached this
record in 1921 with 101 singles, 44 doubles, 16 triples and
59 home runs.
.471: Joe Torre's
career winning percentage as a manager prior to coming to
the Yankees in 1996.
1903: For the
first time since 1903, two teams played two games in
different stadiums he same day, July 8, 2000. The first game
was at Shea Stadium and the second game was at Yankee
$5,000: The reward
promised to the one who caught the 61st home run ball of
$6,000: The amount
of money Don Larsen received for being on Bob Hope's TV show
after he pitched his perfect game in 1956.
20,000: The number
of letters Mickey Mantle never answered which were not bid
on in the old Yankee Stadium fire sale in 1974.