The Best of Yankee Stadium, Baseball ExcludedPosted: August 19, 2008
Posted on August 19, 2008 by sportslifer | Edit
Soon we’ll be seeing all sorts of retrospective pieces on Yankee Stadium. Here we take an early look at the moments that shaped Yankee Stadium, New York and the world of sports.
Overall, there will be three categories — anything but baseball, baseball regular season, and baseball post-season.
This is the top 10 for anything but baseball….we’ll follow up soon with top 10s devoted to regular season and post-season play at the Stadium.
Remember you read it first in the SportsLifer.
Top 10 Yankee Stadium events (other than baseball), chronological order:
2. Undefeated Fordham and the Seven Blocks of Granite need one more win to reach the Rose Bowl, but NYU beats Vince Lombardi and company, 7-6,on a muddy field, 1936
3. Joe Louis not only knocks out Max Schmeling, below, in the first round for the heavyweight title, he gave the United States a shot of pride against Hitler’s Nazi Germany, 1938
4. In a game that featured four past or future Heisman Trophy winners, number one ranked Army and second-ranked Notre Dame play to a scoreless tie, 1946
5. Joey Maxim outlasts Sugar Ray Robinson, who lost 16 pounds in the heat, in 13 rounds in a light-heavyweight title bout, 1952
6. The New York Giants again don sneakers on an icy field and overwhelm the Chicago Bears, 47-7, to win their third NFL championship, 1956
7. Pope Paul VI hosts the first of three Papal Masses at Yankee Stadium, followed by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, 1965, 1979 and 2008
8. Pat Summerall kicks a long field goal in a swirling snowstorm to give the Giants a 13-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, forcing a playoff for the NFL East crown, 1958
9. In what is called “The Greatest Game Ever Played” the Baltimore Colts defeat the New York Giants, 23-17, in overtime in the game that raised the profile of the NFL. At left, Alan Amache scores the winning touchdown in the December dusk, 1958
10. Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton by unanimous decision in their rubber match and retains his heavyweight championship, 1976
Tony Zale over Rocky Graziano for middleweight championship, 1946
More than 123,00 crowd first annual Jehovah’s Witness convention, 1950
Unbeaten heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano defeats Ezzard Charles.1954
Carmen Basilio outpoints Sugar Ray Robinson to capture middleweight crown, 1957
Sweden’s Ingemar Johansson knocks out the champ, Floyd Patterson, 1959
Giants Y.A.Tittle ties NFL record with seven touchdown passes against Washington Redskins, 1962
An inter-faith prayer service is held 13 days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 2001
Billy Joel, U2 and Pink Floyd are among the few rock groups to play the Stadium