May 28, 1946, was the first night game played at Yankee Stadium. Although Yankee Stadium is easily one of the most well-known sports fields in the world, there are plenty of things about the park that you may not be aware of. Here are 5 interesting facts about Yankee Stadium.
Yankee Stadium Is The House That Ruth Built... And Edison
Yankee Stadium is fondly nicknamed The House That Ruth Built, but perhaps another prominent figure should be given some credit for the structure, too. Thomas Edison — the inventor of the incandescent light bulb — started a cement company in 1899 named Edison Portland Cement Co. The extra-strong cement his company developed was used in the construction of the stadium's original walls. The concrete was so hard that New York City chose to leave it alone throughout the stadium's renovation in the early 1970s.
Frank Sinatra Can Be Heard Following Each Ballgame
The tune "New York, New York'' can be heard playing over loudspeakers throughout the stadium at the end of each game. But it wasn't always Frank Sinatra's version that would play. Tradition has it that Sinatra's version was played if the Yankees won, while the Liza Minnelli version was played if they lost. Apparently, Liza wasn't too keen on this practice. In 2001, she insisted they play her version after a Yankee win; otherwise, she would not allow them to play her tune at all. It seems that the Yankees obliged: now, regardless of a win or loss, Sinatra's version is played after every game.
Negro League Teams Could Not Use Yankees Locker Room Times have changed a lot since the 1930s. Back then African Americans and white Americans were not allowed to play together in the same league. African Americans participated in the Negro Leagues. The old Yankee Stadium was home to many of these ball games. Unfortunately, when teams played at the stadium, they were not allowed to use the Yankees locker room. Instead, they were forced to use the visiting team's locker room to get ready for games.
It Was The First Sports Facility In The US With Three Tiers
The original home of the Yankees was the first three-tiered sports facility in the United States and one of the first baseball fields in the country to be given the name "stadium." Baseball teams typically played in a park or a field. The large electronic scoreboard was the first of its kind, too, as was the instant replay display installed after renovations later in the century.
Babe Ruth Wore Cabbage Under Hat
Playing baseball in the summertime can get very hot and exhausting. For Yankee legend Babe Ruth, he created an easy solution to this problem. Ruth would place cabbage leaves in an iced cooler to keep them cold. When the game would start, he would place the leaves under his cap to provide some much-needed relief for a few innings before needing to be replaced. Although it’s a bit disturbing to see someone put vegetables in their sweaty hat every night, this unusual technique seemed to help his game, so you can't argue with success.