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The first owners of the Yankees were Frank Ferrell and Bill Devery. They purchased the Baltimore franchise and moved the Yankees to New York. This happened on January 9, 1903.
When they came to New York, the old Baltimore team was renamed the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders played their home games at Hilltop Park-168th street and Broadway.
Hilltop Park 1903-First Game There Was April 30th, 1903
The first Yankee win (Highlanders) came on April 23, 1903. A 7-2 win over Washington. Harry Howell was the first winning pitcher.
John Ganzel hit the first Yankee (New York Highlander) home run on May 22, 1903.
In 1913, the "Highlanders" named was change to "Yankees".
The "NY" logo was first used by the Highlanders in 1909. The design was created in 1877 by Louis B. Tiffany to honor a New York City Police officer who died in the line of duty.
In 1912, the Highlanders started wearing the now famous pinstripes.
The "NY" was removed from the uniform in 1917 and didn't return until 1936. Because of this fact, Babe Ruth never played for the Yankees with the famed "interlocking NY" on his uniform.
The Yankees started wearing numbers on their uniform in 1929. Where a player batted in the order determined what number he would wear. Thus Ruth #3 and Gehrig #4.
The last Yankee pitcher to hit a home run was Lindy McDaniel on September 28th, 1972.
The first no-hitter thrown by a Yankee was turned in by George Mogridge at Boston (2-1) on April 24, 1917.
Plans for the building of Yankee Stadium were announced on February 6, 1921. The land that the stadium would sit upon was purchased from William Waldorf Astor for $675,000.
It took only 284 days to build Yankee Stadium. White Construction Company of New York built the Stadium for a cost of $2.5-million.
The first game played at Yankee Stadium was on April 18th, 1923 against the Boston Red Sox. Yanks won the game 4-1.
The first pitch at Yankee Stadium was thrown by Bob Shawkey. (It was ball one).
Whitey Witt was the first Yankee batter to officially hit in the Stadium. Aaron Ward got the first Yankee hit.
Babe Ruth hit the first homer at Yankee Stadium on April 18th, 1923.
Monte Pearson threw the first Yankee no-hitter at Yankee Stadium-August 27, 1938 in the second game of a double header.
The last game played at the original Yankee Stadium took place on September 30, 1973. Yanks lost to Detroit, 8-5.
Mike Hegan was the last batter in the old stadium. He flew out to center field.
The last Yankee win at the original stadium was on September 29, 1973. George "Doc" Medich had a complete game 3-0 victory.
After two years playing at Shea Stadium (1974-1975), the first victory in the renovated Yankee Stadium took place on April 15th, 1976. Yankees beat the Twins 11-4. The first pitch was thrown by Rudy May.
Largest season total attendance at Yankee Stadium 4,090,692 fans for the 2006 season.
Monument Park Information
Millar Huggins, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and a plaque to remember the victims of September 11, 2001 , comprise the 6 standing monuments in Monument Park.
There are 20 Plaques along the back wall of Monument Park. Those plaques honor the following:
Jacob Ruppert, Ed Barrow, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Thurman Munson, Elston Howard, Roger Maris, Phil Rizzuto, Billy Martin, Lefty Gomez, Whitey Ford, Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, Allie Reynolds, Don Mattingly, Mel Allen, Bob Shepard, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, and Red Ruffing.
The Yankees have retired 15 uniform numbers to honor 16 players and managers. Here are the Yankee numbers that have been retired.
#1-Billy Martin, #3-Babe Ruth, #4-Lou Gehrig, #5-Joe DiMaggio, #7-Mickey Mantle, #8-Yogi Berra, #8-Bill Dickey, #9-Roger Maris, #10-Phil Rizzuto, #15-Thurman Munson, #16-Whitey Ford, #23-Don Mattingly, #32-Elston Howard, #37-Casey Stengel, #44-Reggie Jackson, #49-Ron Guidry.
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