Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Monday, September 26, 2011

Dan Epstein: Yankees 1975 - NBC News on the Army’s 21 Gun Salute at Shea Stadium

And this is two years BEFORE Jimmy Wynn joined the Yankees!

On June 10, 1975, the New York Yankees, who were enduring their second season of shared tenancy with the Mets at Shea Stadium, while their beloved “House That Ruth Built” was being renovated — dig the Yankees’ “seating chart” below — presented a 21-gun pre-game salute in honor of Army Day, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the formation of the U.S. armed forces. The results, however, were more slapstick than stirring.

Though they were loaded with blanks, the army cannons — which were placed on the warning track, facing away from the diamond — still produced enough concussive power to knock down part of the centerfield fence, set another section of the fence ablaze, and knock out several car windows in the Shea parking lot. I’ve found the mention of this unintentionally amusing event in several sources, including Sparky Lyle’s immortal memoir The Bronx Zoo, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen any actual footage. As I wrote in BH&PG, “Anyone looking for a convenient metaphor for the Pentagon’s botched handling of the Vietnam War, or the chaos and danger of New York City circa 1975, wouldn’t have had to look much further.”

Repoz Posted: September 26, 2011 at 10:18 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, mets, yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: September 27, 2011 at 02:15 AM (#3938374)
Ok, that's really funny.
   2. SteveM. Posted: September 27, 2011 at 02:42 AM (#3938494)
Or was this an attempt by the Mets to get a new stadium and in the process, lay the blame on the Yankees?
   3. TerpNats Posted: September 27, 2011 at 02:52 AM (#3938523)
Even then, Steinbrenner's pompous pseudo-patriotism was backfiring on him.
   4. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: September 27, 2011 at 03:05 AM (#3938553)
Wow, who could have possibly imagined that setting up the howitzers 10 FREAKING FEET from the outfield fence could have been a problem?!?!?!?

::facepalm::
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 27, 2011 at 03:07 AM (#3938557)
I was living in NYC then and this got a LOT of play on the local news shows--they showed it again and again.
   6. Lassus Posted: September 27, 2011 at 03:52 AM (#3938617)
I would have gladly fired those howitzers at Collins tonight for making Nick Evans sac bunt.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
James Kannengieser
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogSalvador Perez, Hunter Strickland Exchange Words In World Series (GIF) | MLB | NESN.com
(25 - 3:59pm, Oct 23)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogGold Glove Awards finalists revealed | MLB.com
(21 - 3:58pm, Oct 23)
Last: Enrico Pallazzo

NewsblogStatcast: Posey out at the plate
(22 - 3:56pm, Oct 23)
Last: Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame)

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread, September 2014
(887 - 3:54pm, Oct 23)
Last: Howling John Shade

NewsblogOT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies
(3358 - 3:53pm, Oct 23)
Last: Ray (RDP)

NewsblogAJC: Hart says ‘yes’ to Braves, will head baseball operations
(9 - 3:51pm, Oct 23)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014
(358 - 3:20pm, Oct 23)
Last: Squash

NewsblogKey question GMs have to weigh with top World Series free agents | New York Post
(15 - 3:16pm, Oct 23)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogMartino: Michael Cuddyer is a perfect free agent fit for NY Mets, who like him
(17 - 3:14pm, Oct 23)
Last: BDC

NewsblogMcSweeneys: NEW BASEBALL STATISTICS.
(30 - 3:12pm, Oct 23)
Last: BDC

NewsblogI hope this doesn't get me fired. | FOX Sports
(12 - 2:37pm, Oct 23)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogSielski: A friend fights for ex-Phillie Dick Allen's Hall of Fame induction
(185 - 2:33pm, Oct 23)
Last: Jay Z

NewsblogHow Wall Street Strangled the Life out of Sabermetrics | VICE Sports
(21 - 1:12pm, Oct 23)
Last: AROM

NewsblogJay set for surgery — and for CF in 2015 : Sports
(7 - 1:08pm, Oct 23)
Last: Hal Chase School of Professionalism

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(861 - 12:44pm, Oct 23)
Last: Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman

Page rendered in 0.1947 seconds
52 querie(s) executed