Opening Day at the Original Yankee Stadium, 1923
If you are a die-hard baseball fan, then chances are you have an affinity for the old ballparks of yesteryear. It is true that the newer stadiums are larger and have all the modern amenities, but there is something about the nostalgia of the old, original ballparks.
Take the original Yankee Stadium, for example. It hosted games for the New York Yankees since it opened in 1923 up until 2008 when the Yankees moved to a new ball field. Let’s go way back and take a look at the construction of the original Yankee Stadium and the opening day at this iconic ballpark of the past with these colorized photos.
Witness to History
In its time, Yankee Stadium was nicknamed “The Cathedral of Baseball” and “The House that Ruth Built.” It was witness to several key moments in the history of baseball, including numerous World Series games, perfect games, no-hitters, and nail-biter finishes. It was in Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939, that Lou Gehrig, the Yankee’s longtime first baseman, gave an echo-y speech in which he uttered, “Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” Three Papal masses were held at Yankee Stadium and the baseball park also hosted the 1958 NFL Championship football game which has been called “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”