Sunday, September 21, 2014

Yankee Stadium's Monument Park

Yesterday we arrived at Yankee Stadium two hours before game time, early enough to visit Monument Park, a tribute to the great Yankee ballplayers of yesteryear. To a very significant extent, the history of the New York Yankees is the history of baseball.

We entered through Gate 2 and were greeted by the Mickey Mouse MLB statue for the New York Yankees.

From the 2008 All-Star Game Statues on Parade series, this is the New York Yankees Statue of Liberty

New York Yankees piggy bank and apple statues
Monument Park is located behind the Center Field wall in Yankee Stadium. It closes about 45 minutes before game time, but the line to enter it closes much earlier.

Welcome to Monument Park
Nelson Mandela plaque, April 15, 2014
Image added September 23, 2014

Jackie Robinson, 42, whose uniform number was universally retired in 1997 across all major league teams
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."

Lou Gehrig, 4, uniform number retired 1939

Babe Ruth, 3, uniform number retired 1948

Mickey Mantle, 7, uniform number retired 1969

Casey Stengel, 37, uniform number retired 1970

Thurman Munson, 15, uniform number retired 1979
To the memory of Jacob Ruppert, 1867-1939

Whitey Ford, 16, uniform number retired 1974

Joe DiMaggio, 5, uniform number retired 1952

Yogi Berra, 8, uniform number retired 1972
Bill Dickey, also 8, uniform number also retired 1972

Roger Maris, 9, uniform number retired 1984

Lou Gehrig memorial plaque, July 4, 1941

Babe Ruth plaque, April 19, 1949

Phil Rizzuto, 10, uniform number retired 1985

Miller Huggins plaque, May 30, 1932

Edward Grant Barrow, 1868-1953

Ron Guidry, 49, uniform number retired 2003
Plaque commemorating the Solemn Mass for Peace, Pope Paul VI, October 4, 1965
Plaque commemorating the Mass for World Justice and Peace, Pope John Paul II, October 2, 1979
Plaque commemorating the Mass marking the bicentennial of the Archdiocese of New York, Pope Benedict XVI, April 20, 2008

Mariano Rivera, 42, uniform number retired 1997 throughout baseball

Don Mattingly, 23, uniform number retired 1997

Joe Torre, 6, uniform number retired 2014

Joe Torre plaque, August 23, 2014
Yogi Berra plaque, August 21, 1988
Reggie Jackson plaque, July 6, 2002
Thurman Munson plaque, September 20, 1980
Goose Gossage plaque, June 22, 2014
Joe DiMaggio plaque, April 25, 1999
Plaque honoring George Steinbrenner, "The Boss," September 20, 2010

Mickey Mantle plaque, August 25, 1996
Roger Maris plaque, July 21, 1984
Ron Guidry plaque, August 23, 2003
Bill Dickey plaque, August 21, 1988
Casey Stengel plaque, July 30, 1976

Tino Martinez plaque, June 21, 2014
Plaque for Mel Allen, "The Voice of the Yankees," July 25, 1998
Paul O'Neill plaque, August 9, 2014

Whitey Ford plaque, August 2, 1987
Billy Martin plaque, August 10, 1986
Phil Rizzuto plaque, August 4, 1985
Don Mattingly plaque, August 31, 1997

We Remember 9/11 memorial plaque, September 11, 2002

Batting practice for the Toronto Blue Jays, September 20, 2014

Note:  This blog has a variety of posts about baseball in general and about the New York Yankees in particular.


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