The New York Yankees first played at the Polo Grounds in 1921. The Polo Grounds was also home to the New York Giants baseball team.
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In the beginning, Yankee Stadium was not The House that Ruth Built. It was, however, the site of some of Babe Ruth’s most memorable moments. The original Yankee Stadium, located at East 161st Street and River Avenue in the Bronx, opened on April 18, 1923. The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-1, in the stadium’s first game. Babe Ruth christened the new ballpark with a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning.
The Yankees played their first two seasons at Polo Grounds III, also known as Hilltop Park. They moved to their new Bronx home in 1923. Yankee Stadium quickly became known as “The House That Ruth Built.” The legendary slugger played 14 seasons with the Yankees (1920-1934), winning seven World Series championships. He also set numerous Major League Baseball records, including career home runs (714) and single-season home runs (60 in 1927).
Ruth’s record-setting exploits helped fill Yankee Stadium to capacity nearly every game. The ballpark underwent several expansions over the years to accommodate the ever-growing crowds. The Yankees played their final game at original Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2008. They defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 54,251 fans.
The Old Stadium
When the New York Yankees began playing in the American League in 1903, they shared Hilltop Park with the New York Giants. The hilltop location was convenient for fans who could take the elevated trains to 157th Street and Eighth Avenue. The ballfield was located between 165th and 168th Streets and Amsterdam Avenue. In 1913, the Yankees moved to the Polo Grounds, which was also home to the Giants. They would remain there until 1922 when they moved into their new stadium in the Bronx.
The New Stadium
The New Stadium, also known as Yankee Stadium, was the home of the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1973. The stadium was located in the Bronx, New York City. It was demolished in 2010.
The stadium was originally built for $2.4 million and had a capacity of 55,000 people. The first game played at the stadium was on April 18, 1923, between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees won that game, 4-1.
The stadium underwent several renovations during its 50-year history. In 1926, the bleachers were expanded to accommodate more fans. In 1937, a new section of bleachers was built in left field, increasing capacity to 71,831 people.
In 1948, the Yankees became the first team in baseball to install lights in their stadium so that night games could be played. In 1949, more bleachers were added in right field, increasing capacity to 77,266 people.
In 1973, the last game was played at the original Yankee Stadium before it was demolished to make way for a new one that opened in 1976.
The New York Yankees began play in the American League in 1901. They played their first game against the Washington Senators on April 24, 1921. The game was held at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.. The Yankees won the game by a score of 4-2. Babe Ruth hit the first home run in Yankees history in the game. The Yankees played their first home game on April 18, 1923 against the Boston Red Sox. The game was held at Yankee Stadium, which is now known as “The House That Ruth Built.”