• R.I.P. Emanuel Gluck

    Posted by on May 20th, 2005 · Comments (8)

    Sounds like he had ten times more fun than most people – but, 65 is too young to go. This is sad.

    Here’s the meat of his story:

    Emanuel Gluck, a retired middle-school principal who had a rich alternate life as Yankee Stadium’s longest-working vendor, signified by his No. 1 badge, died of a heart attack last Thursday at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital in Manhattan. He was 65.

    Gluck, 6 feet 6 inches tall, was the guy with the booming bass voice at Gate 4. He was there for every opening day for 50 years, saw every perfect game pitched at Yankee Stadium and was on hand for 19 World Series, 10 of which the Yankees won.

    ……

    Gluck was born March 4, 1940, in the Bronx, and grew up about a block from Yankee Stadium. When he was 14, he went to work for the Harry M. Stevens Co., which handled Yankee concessions from the stadium’s opening in 1923.

    He stayed after the concession passed in 1963 to the Automatic Canteen Co. of America, and then through various name and ownership changes. The company now managing Yankee concessions is called Centerplay. An employee of Centerplay confirmed Tuesday that Gluck had hawked one thing or another in Yankee Stadium since 1964, which is as far back as records go.

    The young Gluck began by selling popcorn, peanuts and hot dogs in the upper decks, worked his way up to soda and beer, and graduated to programs and souvenirs, the prestige assignment. For 20 years, until about seven years ago, he manned the souvenir stand at Gate C at Shea Stadium as well.

    One of the best things about being the senior man at these souvenir posts was that he could often leave after two innings and watch the game.

    Gluck also worked when New York professional football teams played at Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds and Shea.

    Somebody should have gotten him to write a book. I would have read it.

    Comments on R.I.P. Emanuel Gluck

    1. Jason O.
      May 20th, 2005 | 3:59 pm

      RIP. What a story.

    2. May 20th, 2005 | 4:31 pm

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Steve. These stories are to few and far between in the available media and with the passing of men such as Robert Merrill and Eddie Layton, Yankee Stadium seems to be steadily losing it’s grasp on history as it approaches demolition. I agree, I would have read that book.

    3. neal unruch
      May 26th, 2005 | 1:34 pm

      i am a season ticket holder, and looked forward to entering gate 4 and seeing and hearing manny’s big booming voice. as a kid growing up in the bronx, in the shadows of the stadium, i envied manny and his history with the yankees. the past 3 or 4 years, my family and i became pretty close to him. we would talk about his lovely wife and the kids who he was so proud of. along with Eddie Layton and Robert Merrill, a plaque should go up somewhere in the stadium for Manny Gluck.

    4. neal unruch
      May 26th, 2005 | 1:36 pm

      i am a season ticket holder, and looked forward to entering gate 4 and seeing and hearing manny’s big booming voice. as a kid growing up in the bronx, in the shadows of the stadium, i envied manny and his history with the yankees. the past 3 or 4 years, my family and i became pretty close to him. we would talk about his lovely wife and the kids who he was so proud of. along with Eddie Layton and Robert Merrill, a plaque should go up somewhere in the stadium for Manny Gluck.

    5. neal unruch
      May 26th, 2005 | 1:39 pm

      i am a season ticket holder, and looked forward to entering gate 4 and seeing and hearing manny’s big booming voice. as a kid growing up in the bronx, in the shadows of the stadium, i envied manny and his history with the yankees. the past 3 or 4 years, my family and i became pretty close to him. we would talk about his lovely wife and the kids who he was so proud of. along with Eddie Layton and Robert Merrill, a plaque should go up somewhere in the stadium for Manny Gluck.

    6. neal unruch
      May 26th, 2005 | 1:44 pm

      i am a season ticket holder, and looked forward to entering gate 4 and seeing and hearing manny’s big booming voice. as a kid growing up in the bronx, in the shadows of the stadium, i envied manny and his history with the yankees. the past 3 or 4 years, my family and i became pretty close to him. we would talk about his lovely wife and the kids who he was so proud of. along with Eddie Layton and Robert Merrill, a plaque should go up somewhere in the stadium for Manny Gluck.

    7. neal unruch
      May 26th, 2005 | 2:08 pm

      i am a season ticket holder, and looked forward to entering gate 4 and seeing and hearing manny’s big booming voice. as a kid growing up in the bronx, in the shadows of the stadium, i envied manny and his history with the yankees. the past 3 or 4 years, my family and i became pretty close to him. we would talk about his lovely wife and the kids who he was so proud of. along with Eddie Layton and Robert Merrill, a plaque should go up somewhere in the stadium for Manny Gluck.

    8. James Orphanides
      October 9th, 2005 | 3:50 am

      Emmanuel Gluck was the assistant principal at my junior high school (JHS 127) in the Bronx over 30 years ago. I knew him well and even helped him out at the stadium once or twice during inventory…..we got to watch the Yankees during batting practice on their off day. He was loved by everyone and will be sorely missed…….RIP.

      JO

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