ESPN Pays Tribute To Yankee Stadium’s Final At-Bats


ESPN will say goodbye to Yankee Stadium over the course of its final season with a series of vignettes.

The total sports network will produce and televise 30 vignettes that will appear on an array of platforms under the banner “Remembering the House that Ruth Built." ESPN is scheduling the segments, featuring short video clips or still photography, commemorating top events at the Stadium, in bursts of 10.

The first batch of 10 interstitials, for which ESPN is seeking a sponsor (s) will debut March 22 in the 10 days leading up to Opening Day – the Bronx Bombers host the Toronto Blue Jays on March 31 at 1:05 p.m.

In addition to ESPN, the vignettes will run on ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNews, ESPN Radio, and ESPN International outlets.

The second wave will precede the All-Star Game, set for the big ballpark in the Bronx on July 15. The remaining 10 will air in the days before the Yanks’s finale regular-season game against the Baltimore Orioles Sept. 21.

Narrated by Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech, the first group fittingly rewinds to April 18, 1923, the inaugural game at the Stadium in which Babe Ruth led the Bombers past the rival Boston Red Sox and the Sultan of Swat’s former club, 4-1.

The remainder of the first group of “Remembering the House that Ruth Built” vignettes are:  

* Sept. 30, 1927 – Ruth hits his record 60th home run of the season;

*Nov. 10, 1928 – Notre Dame head coach Knute Rockne makes his famous “Win One for the Gipper” speech as his team defeats Army 12-6;

*June 19, 1936 – German Max Schmeling upsets Joe Louis in a bout with worldwide interest due to their nationalities; June 22, 1938 – Louis avenges his defeat with a first-round KO of Schmeling;

*July 4, 1939 – Lou Gehrig delivers his famous speech on Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day;

*Nov. 9, 1946 – Army and Notre Dame take the field, both undefeated and ranked first and second, respectively. The game ends a scoreless tie;

*June 13, 1948 – Ruth makes his final public appearance in a Yankees uniform during Silver Anniversary Day;

*Aug. 17, 1948 – More than 100,000 mourners pay their respects to the Bambino, whose body lay in state at the main entrance to Yankee Stadium for two days following his death;

*June 25, 1952 – Sugar Ray Robinson loses to Joe Maxim after collapsing due to heat exhaustion in 104-degree heat; and

*Oct. 4, 1955 – Johnny Podres tosses an eight-hit shutout and Gil Hodges knocks in both runs as the Dodgers win their only World Series Championship while playing in Brooklyn.