In 1923 the New York Yankees baseball team built a new $2.4 million dollar ballpark in the Bronx. Yankee Stadium, with its triple-decked seating and copper roof, was built to reflect the newfound status of the Yankees as being one of the most popular teams in the sport. The Stadium was one of many new massive sporting arenas built during the era to accommodate the growing throngs of spectators.
The reason for the Yankee’s newfound popularity is directly attributable to the club’s 1919 acquisition of outfielder George Herman “Babe” Ruth (1895-1948.) His popularity was such that he quickly became the biggest draw in baseball. The new Yankee Stadium was immediately dubbed The House that Ruth Built.
Ruth was essential in creating what became known as the the Yankee Dynasty, with the team currently in possession of 27 World Series trophies, the most of any team.
The stadium served as a home for other sporting events, such as negro league baseball, professional boxing, and collegiate and professional football. It also served as a place of public gathering, hosting concerts and religous services.
The Yankee's played their final game in the stadium in 2008, moving to their new home, also called Yankee Stadium. Final demolition of the old park was completed in 2010.
The booth retains graffiti markings made by Bronx residents in the early 1970s.
Currently not on view
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overall: 91 in x 82 in x 82 in; 231.14 cm x 208.28 cm x 208.28 cm