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Yankee Stadium opens in 1923

Updated: February 13, 2006, 11:20 AM ET
By Nick Acocella | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Game April 18, 1923 -- Costing $2.5 million, the new ballpark in the Bronx opened to an overflow crowd announced as 74,200. The New York Times reported that another 25,000 were turned away and the gates were closed half an hour before the start of the game. New York Governor Al Smith threw out the first ball. Officially, it was called Yankee Stadium. Unofficially, it's "The House That Ruth Built," nicknamed by sportswriter Fred Lieb.

Appropriately enough, it was the Babe ...

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