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New York YankeesThe New York Yankees first played ball in 1903 and since that time over 1,200 ball players have had the privilege of putting on the Yankee pinstripes.

In 1903 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the Baltimore franchise and moved it to New York. The team first starting playing at the famous Hilltop Park. In 1913, the team changed its name to the Yankees, inspired by the flags in Hilltop Park, and moved to the Polo Grounds. They played there for ten years. In 1921, the Yankee fans began to outnumber the Giants fans. Jacob Ruppert, who bought the team from Farrell and Devery, was asked to take his team and leave the Polo Grounds.

So, a year after the Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees issued a press release to announce the purchase of 10 acres of property in the west Bronx and their intentions on building a new stadium. Within a year, Yankee Stadium was ready for its first game on April 18, 1923 against the Red Sox. The Yankees had a home that would soon be nicknamed "The House That Ruth Built" because it was undeniable that Ruth's drawing power made the stadium possible. Over 74,000 fans packed Yankee Stadium for their first look at their team's new stomping grounds and what would prove to be the most famous ballpark in history.


Artist's rendering of the new
Yankee Stadium in 2009.

 


New Yankee Stadium

More recent history was made when the new Yankee Stadium, under construction since 2007 finally open in 2009 at a cost of $1.3 billion, the most expensive stadium ever built in the United States.

Supporters of the idea countered criticism by traditional Yankee fans by stating that the new stadium will ensure that the Yankees will at least remain in New York. In addition, the new stadium plans turned out to be more true to the original 1923 version (following major renovations in 1975). It also incorporated old Monument Park - encompassing the several dozen plaques and freestanding monuments to team greats that had always been part of the old stadium.

More modern amenities to the new stadium include a Hard Rock Cafe and a NYY Steak restaurant with the addition of nearly 50 more luxury box seats between the second level and upper deck. Getting there is also easier with a new MetroNorth train to Yankee Stadium from Grand Central Station which relieves the overcrowding for fans getting to the stadium on game days by subway.

More about the New York Yankees around the Web

Even if you are not a baseball fan you know who the New York Yankees are. According to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the New York Yankees have better representation than any other club, with 23 members. This world famous team is known if not for their current fame then for the legends that played on the team in the past. Babe Ruth, the man not the candy bar, was the best thing that ever happened in sports history. Who hasn't heard of Lou Gherig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra? Add to that names like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and other top players on the team this season and it's clear that the Yankee legacy lives on ...

Ultimate Yankees.com - New York Yankees - This site lives up to it's name. News, roster, schedule, updated stats. Uniform history, stadium history, trivia, important dates in Yankee history. Not to mention poems and sayings written by fans of all ages.

The Baseball Page - New York Yankees - The low down on the Highlanders and how they became the Yankees. Do you know the strangest moment in Yankee history? Find out here plus all your favorite players stats and bios.

SI.com - New York Yankees - Sports Illustrated team page for New York Yankees featuring comprehensive information, roster, standings, stats, rankings, game-by-game, and schedule.

Yahoo! Sports - New York Yankees - This site is the place to visit to get scores, schedule rankings, standings, stats, team photos, live broadcasts, and message boards.

ESPN.com - New York Yankees - All New York Yankees news, all the time, with links to breaking stories, player profiles.

New York Yankees - Detailed facts & information on the different eras of this famous team, from Wikipedia.

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