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GOODBYE YANKEE STADIUM…

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The way thing are going for the New York Yankees, it appears this may be the first year since 1993 that they don’t qualify for the postseason.
 
During the Royals final appearance in “The House that Ruth Built,” I recorded some images from “The Stadium,” which opened in 1923 and was renovated in the mid-1970’s: 
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Thought I’d throw a Times Square picture on here, as it’s just so photogenic.  Very very busy on a Saturday night.  My cousin, John William and I found long lines just about everywhere.

 

 

 

 

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Down in the bowels of Yankee stadium.  I think I’ll go left.  The security guard saw me taking a photo of the sign and said “take it.”  I think he was kidding.  I think that might have gotten me in trouble, but I’m sure plenty of fans would like it as a memento.Splitt at Yankee Stadium.jpg 
 

 

 

Paul Splittorff pitched in this ballpark many times.  Split makes his way back toward the Royals dugout after one last visit to the monuments.All the Numbers.jpg
 

Of course the retired numbers and monuments will all be moved next door to the new $1.3 billion ballpark, but I thought I’d capture them in their original location before they’re uprooted.  A lot of numbers.  The only single digits that are not retired will be retired some day: 2 (Jeter) and 6 (Torre).Four Numbers.jpg
 

 

 

Hard to find four better players in the history of any franchise. Perhaps you’ve heard of Gehrig, Ruth, Dimaggio and Mantle?Two Numbers.jpg
 

 

Two former Kansas City Athletics have their numbers retired by the Yankees:  Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson.  Of course several of the others played minor league ball in KC prior to 1955.Photog Shots.jpg
 

 

A television photographer getting shots of the monuments…These used to be in play!  The playing dimensions were HUGE before the renovations.

 

 

 

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 George Herman Ruth.  Nuff said.

 

 

 

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Lou Gehrig and longtime Yankee Manager Miller Huggins.  Of the three men honored with the three most prominent plaques, Gehrig died at 37 Huggins at 50 and Ruth at 53.  But what greatness they achieved.

 

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Two great Yankee voices, Mel Allen, who broadcast their games for many years, and later was the narrator of “This Week in Baseball.”  And 97 year-old Bob Sheppard, “The Voice of Yankee Stadium” since 1951.  Sadly, Bob has been unable to attend games this year. 

 
 

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They honor 9/11 victims, playing “God Bless America,” during the 7th inning stretch of every game, not just on Sunday.  Those victims are memorialized in Monument Park too.

 

 

 
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Here’s something the media won’t miss.  The two elevators from the basement are separated by a five-foot thick brick wall.  In order to watch both elevators at once, you have to stand across the hall.  I have a feeling there won’t be a similar wall at the new place.  (Can I get a “Mr. Gorbachev, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL!”?)
 
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This is one of the PR offices right behind the press area, with a view of the field.  It looks like it could be George Costanza’s office.  No sleeping under the desk, people!  I smell calzones!  (Seinfeld references)Yankee Stadium Radio Booth.jpg
 

 

The 3-tiered, somewhat crampt, visiting radio booth.  Don Free is on Tier 2.Field at Yankee Stadium.jpg  
 

One final postcard image of Yankee Stadium.  Royals had some great memories there, some not-so-great memories there.  You may hate the Yankees.  But one thing with which you can’t argue:  much of the history of this game happened on that field.  As Mel Allen would have said “How about that!”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

LONGTIME LISTENER

The Royals are in their 40th year.  Major League Baseball first came to Kansas City in 1955 when the Athletics relocated from Philadelphia.  We met a special lady who’s among those who have been a fan of all the teams, Marilyn Childs.  Before the Big Leagues arrived, she was a fan of the Kansas City Blues, the old Yankee farm team that produced Mickey Mantle (among many others).

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Marilyn is a life-long resident of Kansas City, and has rarely missed a radio broadcast since Opening Day in 1969.  Here she meets Denny Matthews, after listening to him all these years.  He was part of that original Opening Day broadcast, and was impressed by her knowledge of baseball and the Royals.Marilyn and Split.jpg

 

 

 

Marilyn’s favorite pitcher was Paul Splittorff.  Favorite player, not surprisingly, was George Brett.  It was great that her relatives were able to bring her by the press box on the last homestand.  Without listeners like Marilyn, we broadcasters wouldn’t have these great jobs!!  Thanks Marilyn!  And to all the loyal listeners in our seven-state region!

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