Bouton: My Favorite Yankee Stadium Memory

With House That Ruth Built in final days, pitcher/author looks back
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2008 8:10 PM CDT
Everett Mathis, of Wharton, Texas, poses for a photograph beside Mickey Mantle's monument in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium in New York on June 3, 2008. Baseball's All-Star Game will be held at the stadium...   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – The fans stampeding Yankee Stadium ahead of Sunday's final game aren't the only ones overcome by nostalgia and emotion. Recycling an anecdote from the now-classic Ball Four, pitcher-turned-author Jim Bouton, writing for CNN, recalls his Stadium debut, a near-disaster that ended as a complete-game shutout, with a delightful cameo by Mickey Mantle.

"This is my favorite memory of Yankee Stadium," writes the flamethrower-turned-knuckleballer. "Unless it was Mantle's 9th inning walk-off home run in '64 World Series that beat the Cardinals 2-1, which also happened to be my first World Series win."