• When Yankee Stadium Was Different

    Posted by on February 26th, 2010 · Comments (2)

    Today, I stumbled across this picture – taken the day that Lou Gehrig made his famous speech at Yankee Stadium:

    Today, I Consider Myself...
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    Looking at it, I suppose that I never realized that Yankee Stadium once had “the pipe” between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. Thinking about that reminded me of an Andy Jurinko painting of the Stadium as it was in 1956. See below:

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    From the first time that I saw that “circa 1956” picture, I’ve always wondered about the “circles” around the infield. I know about the circles which serve as on-deck circles and are closer to the dugout. And, I know about the circles that were used by the starting pitchers before the game when they used to warm up there (and not in the bullpen). Those are the circles close to home plate. But, what’s with that other (one) circle that’s close to the first base coach’s box? What was that used for? My guess is that it was used by a coach before the game – a place for him to stand while hitting infield and fungoes.

    It’s interesting how, with time, these little playing field doodads have faded away at Yankee Stadium – and how little they’re ever referred to today.

    Comments on When Yankee Stadium Was Different

    1. MJ Recanati
      February 26th, 2010 | 12:44 pm

      Both very cool pictures, I’m glad you posted them.

      To be honest, it was nice to see a picture of the old ballpark, as depicted in that painting. It’s only been a little more than a year since I was last at the old place (9/20/08) but for some reason now whenever I see pictures/film clips of the old place, I feel like I’m seeing it for the first time as if in a distant memory or deja vu. Hard to explain.

    2. 77yankees
      February 26th, 2010 | 7:29 pm

      There’s a site that has pics of the progress of the old place being taken down. Kind of tough looking at them without feeling a little sad.


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