Yankee Stadium's Greatest Moments

The Post reflects on the closing stadium's mighty history
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2008 5:09 PM CDT
Home run king Babe Ruth bows as he acknowledges the cheers of thousands of fans who saw his no. 3 retired permanently by the Yankees on June 13, 1948.    (AP Photo/Harry Harris, File)
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(Newser) – As Yankee Stadium hosts its last game today, the New York Post looks back at the greatest moments in “The House That Ruth Built." A smattering:

  • April 18, 1923: Seventy-five thousand fans cheer Babe Ruth's three-run homer on opening day.
  • April 27, 1947: Ruth says goodbye to the Bronx faithful, one year before succumbing to throat cancer. "People were crying," one fan said. "Especially the older men, which would normally not happen."
  • Dec. 28, 1958: In the "greatest football game ever played," the Baltimore Colts top the New York Giants in overtime.

  • Sept. 28, 1976: Muhammed Ali lands a still-controversial 15-round win against Derek Norton. "I still think I won the fight," Norton said.
  • Oct 18, 1977: Reggie Jackson cranks three homers to help the Yanks win the World Series. "As I went to the dugout" after the third one, Jackson said, "everybody who hated me loved me."
  • June 21, 1990: Nelson Mandela makes the Stadium his first international stop after 27 years in prison. "I am a Yankee!" he shouted, draped in a team jacket.
  • Sept. 23, 2001: Thousands of New Yorkers come together in the aftermath of Sept. 11 for an interfaith prayer service.
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