Library of CongressToday is the 90th anniversary of the first game at the original Yankee Stadium in 1923.
On that day, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1. The big blow in the debut of “The House that Ruth Built,” was, of course, delivered by Babe Ruth, who hit a 3-run home run.
The game itself was just one part of a larger celebration on that day as 74,200 fans packed the new stadium to be a part of the event. On the next few pages, we will take a look at some photos that were taken during the inaugural game.
The photos are mesmerizing and capture just how much both the Yankees’ home park and the game has changed in 90 years.
Here is a view from outside the stadium about two weeks before the first game. It looks like it was built in the middle of nowhere.
Here are fans waiting outside for tickets that cost just $1.10. That's about $15 in today's dollars adjusted for inflation.
The stadium was much more open than stadiums are today. In the lower-right, you can see Governor Alfred E. Smith preparing to throw the ceremonial first pitch.
The governor's entrance was much more ceremonial than anything we would see today as fans can be seen in the background taking in the moment.
Here is another view of the outfield bleachers which look like something you might see in a minor league park these days
Later in the week, it is interesting to see Jacob Ruppert, the owner of the Yankees seated in the second row (with bow tie) behind president Warren G. Harding (shaking hands)
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