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'House' rules: Yankee Stadium's greatest moments


'House' rules: Yankee Stadium's greatest moments
Legendary Yankee Stadium is drawing its final breaths, and the 2008 season will be the final one there for the stadium's titular residents, the New York Yankees.

As such, it's time to reflect upon some of the great moments that the "House That Ruth Built" has given us. Over the years, it's played host to one of the most famous games in NFL history, a Joe Louis-Max Schmelling title fight, several Army-Notre Dame games, Pele and the New York Cosmos, countless concerts, and a handful of papal visits.

Of course, Yankee Stadium, appropriately enough, is best known for baseball. With the exception of the 1974 and 1975 seasons, when the Stadium was being renovated, baseball's most successful franchise has played its home games here. Needless to say, over the years the making of history at Yankee Stadium has become somewhat commonplace. So in this, the last season for one of the game's most hallowed venues, we're going to recall the most compelling and unforgettable baseball moments that ever went down at the corner of 161st and River. Let's get to it ...

Sept. 30, 1927: Babe Ruth's 60th home run

Prior to the 1927 season, Yankees manager Miller Huggins made a critical decision to bat Babe Ruth in front of Lou Gehrig. In moving Gehrig to the clean-up spot in place of Bob Meusel and leaving Ruth in the three hole, Huggins gave his star slugger the best chance to succeed. And succeed he did. In '27, Ruth reached the unthinkable total of 60 home runs, more than any other team in the American League. He culminated his efforts against the Washington Senators on the final day of the regular season. Ruth had cracked two homers the previous day to bring his seasonal total to 59 (tying his career high set back in 1921), but he still needed one more. When came up in the eighth, lefty Tom Zachary threw him a screwball, and Ruth launched it, just fair, into the right-field bleachers. Number 60. After the game, Ruth was his typically humble and understated self. "Sixty, count 'em, sixty," he said. "Let's see some son-of-a-bitch match that."

To reach the unprecedented mark, Ruth went on a tear and hit 17 home runs in September. Thanks mostly to Ruth's, well, Ruthian efforts, the Yankees won 110 games and swept the Pirates in the World Series. To this day, the '27 Yanks are on the short list of the greatest teams.

Bringing down the 'House'

Oct. 16, 2003: Aaron Boone's walk-off home run in Game 7 of the ALCS against the Red Sox

Think of this one as the last gasp of the "Curse of the Bambino." In the 2003 ALCS, the Yanks and Sox were engaging in one of their serialized classic encounters. This hostile series (the one that brought us the Pedro Martinez-Don Zimmer donnybrook) went to seven games, and in that seventh game the Red Sox stunned the Yankee Stadium crowd by charging to a 4-0 lead. With Pedro Martinez in vintage form, the Yankees appeared to be doomed. However, they began to rally in the eighth. Boston manager Grady Little abetted the comeback by allowing Martinez to pitch beyond the point of fatigue, and the Yankees made him pay. With one out, Derek Jeter doubled to right, Bernie Williams singled him home, Hideki Matsui doubled, and then Jorge Posada doubled home two runs to tie the score. The game lumbered on until the bottom of the 11th, when Aaron Boone, a most unlikely hero, made history. Tim Wakefield was on the mound, and he'd thrown a perfect 10th inning. However, Boone drove the first pitch he saw deep into the left-field seats and notched the series win for the Yankees.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 30, 2008

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