Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Memorable moments

The folks at and have narrowed the list of Yankee Stadium's greatest moments down to 10 and are now asking the fans to cast their vote.

Here’s the list:

  • April 18, 1923: Babe Ruth hits the first home run in the stadium on its opening day.

  • July 4, 1939: Lou Gehrig delivers his emotional farewell speech.

  • Oct. 8, 1956: Don Larsen pitches a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series.

  • Oct. 1, 1961: Roger Maris hits home run No. 61.

  • Oct. 18, 1977: Reggie Jackson becomes “Mr. October” after hitting three home runs in Game 6 of the World Series

  • July 18, 1999: David Cone pitches a perfect game with Don Larsen in attendance.

  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2001: Tino Martinez homers in the ninth to tie Game 5 of the World Series. Derek Jeter’s 10th inning home run at 12:03 a.m. wins the game.

  • Oct. 16, 2003: Aaron “F*****g” Boone’s dramatic 11th inning homer defeats the Red Sox in the ALCS and sends the Yankees to the World Series.

  • July 1, 2004: Jeter dives into the stands to catch a foul ball in the 12th inning against the Red Sox.

  • Sept. 21, 2008: The end of an era – the last game ever is played in the House That Ruth Built.
Before looking at the list, Gehrig’s speech was the first thing to leap to my mind.

I came up with more or less the same list on my own before looking to see what had. One of the events I thought of that they didn’t include was George W. Bush throwing out the first pitch before Game 4 of the 2001 World Series, just a month and half after 9/11 and a couple of weeks after the beginning of the war in Afghanistan.

So what do you think? Cast an official vote on or vote just for fun right here on my blog.


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