Rank 'Em: Yankee Stadium Moments

Created: September 9, 2008, 6:26 PM

Babe Ruth made plenty of history at Yankee Stadium.

The New York Yankees, one of the most recognizable teams in all of sports, will leave the confines of Yankee Stadium and move to a new ballpark in 2009. To help commemorate this momentous event, ESPN.com senior baseball writer Buster Olney is asking for your help in ranking the stadium's greatest moments.

Yankee Stadium has had a rich history, and not only from a baseball perspective. The venue has hosted such a variety of events as NFL Championship games, epic heavyweight title bouts and even Papal visits.

Of course from a baseball perspective, Yankee Stadium is second to none. It's where Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run, and where, 36 years later, Roger Maris broke the Babe's record . It has hosted plenty of Yankee triumphs from the 1920s through 1990s and even some Yankee collapses. But before the team packs it up and moves across the street, we want to
know which are the best baseball moments in Yankee Stadium history.

Below you will find Olney's Top 25 Yankee Stadium moments. Your Top 10 will be featured alongside Olney's Top 10 on the Sunday, Sept. 21 edition of Baseball Tonight. So be sure to tune in!

Scroll over the photos for more detailed descriptions of each moment and simply click to beging your ranking!
 

 
  • April 18, 1923
    Babe Ruth hits the first home run at Yankee Stadium against the Boston Red Sox.
  • October 10, 1926
    Despite being down 3-2 in Game 7 of the 1926 World Series, the Yankees manage to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth. But with two outs, the Cardinals' Grover Cleveland Alexander strikes out Tony Lazzeri, despite having pitched a complete game the previous day.
  • October 10, 1926
    The St. Louis Cardinals win Game 7 of the World Series, 3-2, after Babe Ruth is caught stealing second base.
  • September 30, 1927
    Babe Ruth hits his record 60th home run of the season against the St. Louis Browns.
  • June 21, 1939
    Lou Gherig delivers his "Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" speech at Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day.
  • May 15-July 16, 1941
    Despite starting the season in a bit of a slump, Joe DiMaggio goes on an epic 56-game hit streak.
  • October 5, 1947
    Joe DiMaggio kicks the dirt in anger when the Dodgers' Al Gionfriddo robs him of a hit in Game 6 of the World Series.
  • July 13, 1948
    In his last public appearance, Babe Ruth attends the 25th anniversary celebration of Yankee Stadium, where his number 3 is retired. This event is immortalized by Nat Fien's Pulitzer Prize winning photo of Ruth leaning on a bat on the third base line.
  • October 8, 1949
    On the last day of the season, Jerry Coleman delivers the pennant with a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the ninth against the Red Sox. The Red Sox had entered the final two games of the season with a one-game lead in the standings.
  • October 10, 1956
    In Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, the Yankees' Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in postseason history. The Yankees go on to win the series in seven games.
  • October 1, 1961
    Roger Maris hits his record 61st home run of the season, on the last day of play, against the Boston Red Sox.
  • October 2, 1963
    Sandy Koufax pitches a complete game and registers a record 15 strike outs against the Yankees in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series. The Dodgers go on the sweep the Bombers.
  • May 14, 1967
    Mickey Mantle hits the 500th home run of his career off the Orioles' Stu Miller. Mantle would finish his career with 536 home runs. home runs.
  • October 14, 1976
    Chris Chambliss hits a walk-off home run against the Royals to win the 1976 ALCS.
  • October 18, 1977
    In Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, Reggie Jackson hits three home runs off Dodger pitching, as the Yankees win their 21st World Series title. Jackson is named the series' MVP.
  • August 6, 1979
    After attending the funeral of their captain, Thurmon Munson, the Yankees defeat the Orioles 5-4. Munson's good friend, Bobby Murcer, who delivered one of the eulogies at the funeral, drives in all five Yankee runs, including the walk-off, two-run single.
  • July 4, 1983
    Dave Righetti throws a no-hitter against the Red Sox, as the Yankees win the game 4-0.
  • July 24, 1983
    With the Royals trailing the Yankees 4-3 in the top on the ninth, George Brett hit what he thought was the go-ahead home run...until umpire Tim McClelland rules that Brett's bat has too much pine tar on it, which results in Brett being called out, ending the game. Enraged at the call, Brett charges out of the dugout, towards McClelland, and has to be restrained by his teammates.
  • October 9, 1996
    With the Yankees trailing the Orioles 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth, in Game 1 of the ALCS, Derek Jeter hits a deep fly ball to right field. The ball looks like it is going to be caught, until 12 year-old Jeffrey Maier reaches over the fence and deflects the ball into the stands. The home run counts and the Yankees go on to win Game 1, the ALCS and the 1996 World Series.
  • October 26, 1996
    After a 14-year wait, Wade Boggs wins a World Series title. Boggs celebrates the victory by jumping on the back of an NYPD horse and rounding Yankee Stadium.
  • May 17, 1998
    David Wells becomes only the 15th MLB pitcher to throw a perfect. The Yankees beat the Twins 4-0.
  • July 18, 1999
    A little over a year after David Wells' perfect game, David Cone becomes the 16th MLB pitcher to throw a perfect game. The Yankees beat the Expos 6-0.
  • October 22, 2000
    Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza had an eventful 2000. During the regular season Clemens hit Piazza in the head with a fastball, sending the Mets' catcher to the DL. In Game 2 of the World Series, after a Clemens pitch shattered Piazza's bat, Clemens reacted by catching a large part of the shattered bat and throwing in Piazza's general direction.
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2001
    A little over a month after the 9/11 attacks, the World Series comes to Yankee Stadium, with New York trailing Arizona two games to none. President Bush throws out the first pitch of Game 3, which the Yankees win 2-1. In Game 4 Tino Martinez ties the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, and three innings later, Derek Jeter ends Game 4 with a home run just after midnight. The next day, Scott Brosius ties Game 5 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, and Alfonso Soriano wins it with a base hit in the bottom of the 12th.
  • October 16, 2003
    Aaron Boone writes another (and final) chapter in the Red Sox cursed history, as he hits a game-winning home run in the bottom of the 11th of Game 7 of the ALCS.
  • October 19-20, 2004
    After falling behind 3-0 in the ALCS, the Red Sox overcome their rival on the strength of Curt Shilling's bloody sock in Game 6, and Johnny Damon's grand slam in Game 7. Boston goes on to win its first World Series since 1918.