Yankee Stadium: "The Grand Canyon of Baseball" ~ Mel Allen
The House That Ruth Built
"Some ball yard!"
~ Babe Ruth, 1923
"When I first
came to Yankee Stadium,
I used to feel like the ghosts
of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were walking around in there."
"Yankee Stadium is something else, a law unto itself.
It has earned the right
to look any way it pleases and I would change a seat of it. . . .
It is particularly dreamworthy because not so long
the World Series used to turn up there as regularly as Wimbledon.
I once sneaked out to center field myself
as a youth
to see how things looked from Mickey Mantle's point of view and felt the same tingle some people get
from Civil War battlefields."
~ Wilfred Sheed, in Baseball and Lesser Sports
"People from out
of town say ther are three things they want to see - the Statue of Liberty, Radio City, and Yankee Stadium. I guess you could
say the stadium is hallowed ground."
~ Bill Waite, an employee at the stadium for over fifty years
Babe was some architect."
~ Chipper Jones
"When I came up to the Yanks from Newark at the end
of the 1946 season, I took one look at the stadium and thought, 'Geez, whatta big place!'"
commenting in 1996
"I grew up loving Southern League Baseball. When I was four my daddy took me to the old
Rickwood Field in Birmingham. Then, coming to Yankee Stadium in 1937 for the first time-where the greats like the Babe, Lou
and DiMag played-was just beyond my dreams. Suddenly here I was, a guy supposed to practice law, broadcasting Yankee home
games on radio from this mecca of baseball. This was the place, the number-one place in baseball. The stadium was like the
Empire State Building or the Grand Canyon of baseball, and every time I stepped inside of it I had to pinch myself!"
~ Mel Allen, the Voice of the Yankees (1946 - 1965)