'House That Ruth Built' soon to be place of memories only

The New York Yankees are playing their 85th and final season in Yankee Stadium, the site of Tuesday's baseball All-Star Game. An all-new Yankee Stadium opens next year in the Bronx adjacent to the current stadium, which opened in 1923. The field dimensions will be the same, but the new facility will have more luxury boxes, as well as bigger seats and more legroom. The main attraction, of course, remains the pinstripers, whose baseball exploits have provided so many memories. Some of the highlights of the Yankees' tenure at the corner of 161st St. and River Avenue:

  • April 19, 1923: Babe Ruth homers in stadium's opening game
  • Oct. 8, 1927: Yankees clinch World Series, the first of nine at the stadium
  • July 4, 1939: Lou Gehrig's farewell speech
  • June 13, 1948: Ruth's last appearance in a Yankee uniform
  • Oct. 8, 1956: Don Larsen pitches a perfect World Series game
  • Oct. 1, 1961: Roger Maris hits 61st home run, breaking Ruth's single-season record
  • May 22, 1963: Mickey Mantle hits most mammoth homer in park's history, an 11th-inning game- winner
  • Oct. 14, 1976: Chris Chambliss homers in bottom of ninth inning to secure Yankees' first pennant in 12 years
  • Oct. 18, 1977: Reggie Jackson hits three homers as Yankees clinch World Series vs. Dodgers
  • July 18, 1999: Yankees' David Cone pitches perfect game after Larsen and Yogi Berra join in pregame first-pitch ceremony
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