Yankee Stadium by the Numbers (A Very Partial List.)
1 - Joe DiMaggio, only player to get at least one hit
in All-Star Games at Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds and Ebbets
1 1/2 - Uniform number worn by opera star Robert
Merrill, the man who for many years sang the national anthem at
3 - All three perfect games in Yankee Stadium history were seen by
Joe Torre: Larsen's beauty as a 16-year-old fan, and the gems spun
by David Wells and David Cone from the dugout as Yankee manager.
Don Zimmer was Torre's bench coach for the last two and he played in
the first one as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956. The
Yankees have the most perfect games pitched by one club, all at
Babe Ruth's uniform number, retired June 13, 1948.
4 - Lou Gehrig's number, retired on July 4, 1939, the first athlete
in any sport. He is the only Yankee to have worn number 4.
5 - Mickey Mantle reached the copper facade that hung from the old
stadium's roof five times.
Joe DiMaggio's uniform number, retired in 1952
Hilltop Park 1903-1912
Polo Grounds 1913-1922
Yankee Stadium 1923-1973
Shea Stadium 1974-1975
Yankee Stadium 1976-2008
New Yankee Stadium 2009
On June 6, 1934 - Yankee outfielder Myril Hoag tieD an American
League record with six singles in six at-bats at the Stadium.
The number of Yankee starters: Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Joe
Gordon, Red Rolfe, Red Ruffing, and George Selkirk in the 1939
All-Star game at Yankee Stadium.
Mickey Mantle's rookie uniform number, changed by equipment manager
Pete Sheehy to #7 after Mantle was recalled from Kansas City.
7 - Mickey Mantle's number, retired June 8, 1969. He wore it from
8 - The only number to be retired twice by the same team is Number
8 of the Yankees. It was retired in 1972 for Bill Dickey and Yogi
Berra, both catchers. Berra took number 8 in 1948 after Dickey
retired but before he was a coach.
Dwight Gooden's no-hitter on May 14, 1996, the eighth in Stadium
Joe DiMaggio's rookie number.
Roger Maris' number, retired, July 13, 1985
Most hits in an inning yielded by Roger Clemens, August 2, 2007
The Yanks used a record 10 pinch hitters on September 6, 1954 in
a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox. They won the opener 6-5,
and the BOSox took the second game, 8-7.
Mickey Mantle homered from both sides of the plate in the same game
for a record 10th and final time on August 12, 1964. OR 1965
June 3, 2003, the Yankees named Derek Jeter their 11th captain.
Billy Martin's rookie uniform number.
Home plate was moved 13 feet forward in 1924, to eliminate the
"bloody angle" in the right field corner.
Yogi Berra stayed away from Yankee Stadium for 14 years, unhappy
with the treatment he had received from George Steinbrenner.
Bob Sheppard's per game earning in 1951 when he began working for
15 - July 18, 1999 -- David Cone's perfect game
against the Montreal Expos was the 15th regular season perfect game.
Thurman Munson's Number 15 jersey and catching gear remains in his
locker as it was the day he was killed in a 1979 airplane crash. His
uniform number 15 is retired.
Whitey Ford's Number retired 1974. The slick southpaw wore
number 19 in his rookie season. Returning from the army in 1953, he
wore number 16 for the rest of his career.
Dallas Green becomes George Steinbrenner's 16th manager to be
fired on August 16, 1989.
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.
Whitey Ford's rookie uniform number.
Paul O'Neill's number 21. Since O'Neill retired after the 2001 World
Series, no Yankee has worn that number.
Latroy Hawkins actually wore #21 (in honor of Roberto Clemente) in
2008 until the fans literally booed it off his back.
23 - Don Mattingly's number retired, August 31, 1997.
In 1927, 24 of Lou Gehrig's 47 home runs were hit at Stadium.
Gene Michael was the 25th Yankee manager in history.
Uniform number selected by Jason Giambi upon his signing with New
York. The significance: the digits add up to 7, the number worn by
Giambi's dad's idol, Mickey Mantle.
Thirty World Series have been played at Yankee Stadium, with the
Yankees winning 26.
Thurman Munson's rookie uniform number.
Of the 60 record-setting home runs hit by Babe Ruth in 1927, 28 of
them are hit at Yankee Stadium.
Of the 61 home runs hit by Roger Maris in 1961, 29 were hit at
Mel Allen was a Yankee broadcaster for 29 seasons.
Yankee Stadium has hosted 33 World Series,
Of the 37 players who performed for the 1949 Yankees, only Yogi
Berra still played for them in 1960.
Phil Rizzuto spent parts of 40 seasons as a Yankee broadcaster
Mariano Rivera, last player to wear No. 42, which has been retired
from Major League Baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson.
Reggie Jackson's number, retired 1993.
Don Mattingly's rookie number.
Ron Guidry's number, retired 2003.
On June 1, 1999 at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter had reached base in
all 50 Yankee games.
Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak included 56 singles and runs
scored. It covered 53 day games 3 night games, 29 at Yankee
Stadium, 27 road games.
Dave Righetti's rookie number.
Mariano Rivera's original number.
Number of pitches David Cone tossed in perfect game, July 19, 1999 -
68 strikes and 20 balls.
The Yankees and the Orioles played to a 1-1 tie in 15 innings, the
89th tie in franchise history. It was Cal Ripken's last game at
Don Larsen used this number of pitches to hurl his perfect game
against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium in the 1956 World Series.
Babe Ruth on September 24, 1920 hits his 100th home run off
Washington's Jim Shaw.
In his perfect game pitched on May 17, 1998, David Wells threw 120
The number of games that Cal Ripken played at Yankee Stadium -
more than any other opposing player (June 18, 1982 - September 30,
The number of pitches Doc Gooden threw in his no-hitter on May 14,
Number of working days it took for the original Yankee Stadium to be
Mickey Mantle hit 266 homers at Yankee Stadium 1951-68, most ever.
Roger Clemens becomes the 21st pitcher in Major League history to
win his 300th game, June 13, 2003. He is first Yankee to win it in
front of the home fans.
Smallest home attendance for a game, September 25, 1966
The number of workers who built the original Yankee Stadium.
Alex Rodrigues his his 500th home run August 4, 2007.
On September 20, 1968, Mickey Mantle hits his 536th and final home
For the first time since 1903, two teams played two games in
different stadiums on the same day, July 8, 2000. Game One was at
Shea Stadium and the second game was at Yankee Stadium.
The number of backless seats spread over 27 rows behind the
right-field fence in the bleachers.
Number of home runs Yankees hit at old Yankee Stadium,1923-1973
The reward promised to the one who caught the 61st home run ball of
The amount Don Larsen received for being on Bob Hope's TV show after
he pitched his perfect game in 1956.
After Allie Reynolds pitched his second no-hitter for the Yankees in
1951, the Hotel Edison where he along with some teammates lived
changed his room number from 2019 to 0002.
Letters that Mickey Mantle never answered were not bid on in the old
Yankee Stadium fire sale in 1974.
Attendance at Final Game at old Yankee Stadium, September 30, 1973.
Capacity of new Yankee Stadium scheduled to open April 2009
Number of people in attendance at Yankee Stadium in 1956 when Don
Larsen pitched the Perfect Game
The uniform Lou Gehrig wore during his Farewell speech in 1939 sold
for this amount in 1999.
*Adapted from the author's forthcoming book -
REMEMBERING YANKE STADIUUM: AN ORAL AND NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE
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