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Friday, September 19, 2008

Jim Bouton on Yankee Stadium

After 28 years, Yankee Stadium was a different place—a strange and garish place. A makeover in 1973-75, under the new owner George Steinbrenner, added cantilevered stands that destroyed the elegant upper façade, and exterior elevators which spoiled the view of the of the lower facade.

Inside, the grayish green carpet was now bright blue and featured a giant Yankee logo. The honest ceiling with its exposed pipes was now a dropped ceiling with stark white tiles. Everything was painted blue and white—the Yankee colors, get it?

Now, instead of restoring the stadium, they’re going to tear it down. Raze the clubhouse where Pete Sheehy made coffee for Ruth. Destroy the dugout where Stengel slept. Bulldoze the field where Mantle roamed and level the mound where Larsen pitched the only perfect World Series game.

And they’re going to build an underground parking garage on the site! This will no doubt be “The Garage that Ruth Built”—which could produce a reverse “Curse of the Bambino.” If you check the current standings, you’ll see this may already be happening.

Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2008 at 02:07 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Repoz Posted: September 19, 2008 at 03:53 PM (#2947432)
Neytracer Alert!...Find the errors, fun for the whole familia!

My big chance came on May 7, 1962, in the second game of a double-header against the Washington Senators, in front of a real crowd that included my Mom and Dad, my brothers and a whole bunch of neighbors from New Jersey.

I was thrilled and scared at the same time -- maybe a little more on the scared side. I walked the bases loaded with nobody out. Then I fell behind 3 and 1 on the fourth hitter. My next pitch was a little bit high and manager Ralph Houk stepped out of the dugout - either to calm me down or remove me from the premises. But the umpire, bless him, called it a strike and Houk stepped back into the dugout.
   2. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 19, 2008 at 04:01 PM (#2947446)
Bouton gets a C+ for his memory. The first inning did start with a walk but he then got a ground-ball DP. He then gave up a single and a walk to put two on, but a fly ball got him out of it. He's right about the result though, a shutout with 7 hits and 7 walks, plus 3 K.

I'm pretty sure he tells that exact same story in Ball Four, however, so I guess Jim's memory was never great, but at least hasn't gotten worse.
   3. Repoz Posted: September 19, 2008 at 04:12 PM (#2947461)
Bouton gets a C+ for his memory

Plus he had pitched in Yankee Stadium two weeks before in relief...on April 22.
   4. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: September 19, 2008 at 04:20 PM (#2947474)
Plus he had pitched in Yankee Stadium two weeks before in relief...on April 22.
I gave him a pass on that, he implies the start was his first appearence at YS, but doesn't flat out say it. Plus he was talking about pitching in front of a big-crowd specfically.

(Worth noting that attendance for his start is listed at 23K, no attendance given for the 4/22 game.)
   5. Craig Calcaterra Posted: September 19, 2008 at 04:23 PM (#2947482)
And Ralph Houk wasn't the manager then. It was Joe Schultz.

/still drunk from last night.
   6. Repoz Posted: September 19, 2008 at 04:29 PM (#2947492)
RB...Attendance was 32,638 on the 4/22 game (you gotta check the back end box score on double-headers for that)
   7. aleskel Posted: September 19, 2008 at 04:32 PM (#2947496)
My big chance came on May 7, 1962, in the second game of a double-header against the Washington Senators, in front of a real crowd that included my Mom and Dad, my brothers and a whole bunch of neighbors from New Jersey.

ugh ... anybody notice that the game was actually May 6?
   8. bads85 Posted: September 19, 2008 at 04:35 PM (#2947499)
Plus he had pitched in Yankee Stadium two weeks before in relief...on April 22.


I'm tired of former players turned hardened criminals like Albert Belle and Jim Bouton blatantly disregarding historical accuracy.
   9. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: September 19, 2008 at 04:46 PM (#2947513)
After 28 years, Yankee Stadium was a different place—a strange and garish place. A makeover in 1973-75, under the new owner George Steinbrenner, added cantilevered stands that destroyed the elegant upper façade, and exterior elevators which spoiled the view of the of the lower facade.


And the worst part of the reconstruction was it removed that little tail from the "c" in the lower facade. Unforgivable really.
   10. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 19, 2008 at 05:01 PM (#2947536)
Also, his name is actually JAMES Bouton. And he wasn't "in front of a real crowd"; the seating kind of curves a bit, so he was more surrounded by them.
   11. Best Dressed Chicken in Town Posted: September 19, 2008 at 05:06 PM (#2947542)
And a bunch of neigbors said they would come, but only 3 made it. Some listened on the radio but most were too drunk and a few just flat forgot.
   12. Hubie Brooks (Not Really) Posted: September 19, 2008 at 05:20 PM (#2947564)
The man invented Big League Chew. Give him a break.
   13. oscar madisox Posted: September 19, 2008 at 05:23 PM (#2947567)
Maybe it's really a "lower fakade." Only upper façade's get the cedilla
   14. bads85 Posted: September 19, 2008 at 05:32 PM (#2947576)
The man invented Big League Chew. Give him a break.


He should get the chair for that alone.
   15. Flynn Posted: September 19, 2008 at 10:26 PM (#2947962)
I bought a pouch of Big League Chew. I bought it back to the UK. It sits in my bag, next to a Pedro Martinez baseball card. Just sayin'.

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