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