The Best of Yankee Stadium: Regular Season Baseball

This is the second of a three-part retrospective on 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 regular season baseball category….we’ll follow up soon with a top 10 devoted to World Series and post-season play at the Stadium.

Remember you read it first in the SportsLifer.

Top 10 regular season baseball moments at Yankee Stadium (chronological order)

Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, April 18, 1923

1. The Stadium opens with pomp and circumstance and Babe Ruth’s home run beats Boston, 4-1. 1923

2. Babe Ruth hits one over the right-field fence and becomes the first player to hit 60 home runs in a season, 1927

 3. Dying Yankee captain Lou Gehrig, at left, being hugged by Babe Ruth, tells a crowd of more than 60,000 “Today I consider myself the “luckiest man on the face of the earth,” 1939

4. Joe DiMaggio begins his immortal 56-game hitting streak by going 1-for-4 against the White Sox, 1941

5. The Yankees edge the Red Sox in the final two games of the season to win the pennant by a game, 1949

6. Roger Maris breaks Babe Ruth’s record with his 61st home run on the final day of the season, 1961

7. Mickey Mantle just misses hitting a ball out of the Stadium when he homers off the right field facade, 1963

8. Ron Guidry strikes out 18 batters to silence the Angels in a team record-setting performance, 1978

9. On the day they buried their captain, Thurman Munson, Bobby Murcer’s 5 RBIs give the Yankees a dramatic win, 1979

10. Double Perfect: David Wells, right, and David Cone pitch perfect games a year apart, 1998 and 1999

Almost…

Other Yankee No-Hitters: Monte Pearson (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Dave Righetti (1983), Jim Abbott (1993) and Doc Gooden (1996).

Opposing No-Hitters: Bob Feller (1946), Virgil Trucks (1952) and an army Houston Astros pitchers (2003).

Babe Ruth’s final appearance in The House That Ruth Built, 1948

Umps over-rule George Brett’s homer in the “Pine Tar” game, 1983

Tom Seaver gets 300th win as White Sox beat Yankees on Phil Rizzuto Day, 1985

Roger Clemens wins 300th game; reaches 4,000 K’s, 2003

Derek Jeter dives into the stands against the Red Sox, 2004

Part I: The Best of Yankee Stadium: Everything But Baseball

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