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Yankee Stadium [I] Renovation (1974 - 1975)

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  • Dear The Monument,

    Thank you. Like I said before, I'm skimming through the "New Yankee Stadium Construction" thread due to time constraints.

    Here's a question for you and anyone else that is interested. From what all of you have heard, what is the general consensus of the frieze in the new Yankee Stadium? It's now 2012 and people have had a few years to let it sink in.
    Do most people like it or dislike it? Why?



    • I dislike it because of the obvious lack of detail, the lack of returns at the ends of the upper deck, the too-short section at the end of LF, the proliferation of long sections, the two short sections along the 3B line which look out of place, the square holes near the top,the general spindly look when seen up close...Give me time, I'll think of more. It is the one thing that I dislike most about NYS, and the one thing that they HAD to have gotten right, but didn't.
      Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...


      • I had wondered what it must have been like to have to "deal" with the frieze at the original YS, in terms of getting photos from the very last row. Based on my few experiences at the new place in '09, I didn't like it - from behind home plate it got in the way of my view of the South Bronx skyline, and I had to move down to the next-to-last row for a clean view (no big deal to most, but it mattered to me). Also, there are places where the bottom tip can block a bit of the scoreboard or videoboard - again, "so what?" to most, but important to me.
        Archie Bunker: All I can tell you, Edith, is I'm surprised at you! Dragging me off to a moving picture like that! It was absolutely disgusting!
        Edith Bunker: Well, I'm sorry, Archie, how was I to know? I thought it was a religious picture, "Cardinal Knowledge!"


        • Another good point Gary--it's set too far back. The roof should extend out more, closer to the front of the Terrace level.
          Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...


          • Dear The Monument and Gary,

            Thank you for your input. Everyone who has been on Baseball Fever knows that both of you have great baseball knowledge, as do so many other people on this wonderful, addicting site.

            I've only been to the new Yankee Stadium once, in 2010, so I don't know it well like both of you and so many other fans. I'm just very thankful that when I did go I felt like I was in Yankee Stadium and that I felt like I was at home. That's the same way I felt at the old Yankee Stadium before and after the renovation - like I was at home.



            • Dear Friends,

              I'm way behind on trying to print up the posts relating to the YS Demolition and Gate 2 posts on Baseball Fever as well.

              I've just decided to go with "Babe's Place" as it is. I do still have some work to do on it. This included working on photos and captions for the publisher. Also, writing an index for the book.

              I have also decided that I will work on a book after "Babe's Place," which will be about the demolition of YS, our efforts to Save Gate 2, and the construction of the new Yankee Stadium.

              To try to cram in the demolition and new YS into "Babe's Place" would put a lot of time pressure on me, and would hurt the quality of my research and writing.

              I've written an e-mail to the publisher and send photos samples along, as well as a chapter to see how they think it would work.

              I apologize for the flip-flops. "Babe's Place" should easily be published by October at the very latest.



              • Not sure if these have been posted, but I don't remember seeing them. October 26, 1973.



                • Wow sultan. I've never seen those before. As I always say, heartbreaking and fascinating at the same time.
                  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...


                  • Dear Friends,

                    After 10 years of research and writing, "Babe's Place: The Lives of Yankee Stadium," is finally published!!!

                    I mailed copies of the book to family, the New York Yankees, the Baseball Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball, libraries, and other sources. At this time I have 40 copies for sale.

                    It's hardcover and is 8 1/2"x11," weighs over 4 pounds, and has 511 pages. "Babe's Place" covers the history of the New York Yankees and Yankee Stadium. It contains 151 photos of the 1970s renovation. Some are in color. There are also 88 non-Yankee Stadium renovation photos. This includes some color and non-color photos of the Yankees at Shea Stadium in 1974 and 1975. There are 30 color photos in the book. Most of the photos are 3 3/4" x 4 3/4". That's 239 photos.

                    There are also 212 responses by former baseball players, umpires, baseball executives, and others as to how they feel about the renovation of Yankee Stadium.

                    I plan to have another printing of the book in February or March of 2013. The research is solid, and I enjoyed putting this book together.

                    For anyone interested in purchasing a copy, I am accepting checks or money orders for $50. The book is $45., plus postage of $5. via the U.S. Post Office. I am not set up for credit cards, Pay Pal, etc.

                    Please mail to: Michael Wagner
                    3809 S. General Bruce Drive, Suite103
                    PMB #192
                    Temple, TX 76502

                    To reserve a copy, please e-mail me at

                    I'd be happy to sign it if you wish. If anyone would like it inscribed, please let me know, and include the recipient of the inscription.

                    I am also accepting applications for a book agent to have "Babe's Place" published, promoted, and distributed on a national level.

                    Thank you.

                    Mike Wagner


                    • I tried for over an hour to try to get the cover photo of "Babe's Place" on this site, but without success. Sorry folks.



                      • Got my copy already and this book is a good one! A ton of info on the Stadium, from the construction in the twenties up to the renovation and re-opening in the seventies. Mike concentrated mostly on the renovation, which is an important part of the Stadium's history, and which, up until now, has been virtually ignored in book form. Mike gives us facts and figures from the twenties, a little team history, and a lot of info on the renovation. The reminiscing by the former players, umps,etc is not very enlightening because many of them have little to say about the renovation, but a few responses are very interesting. Mike takes us back to the late sixties and early seventies to the process and negotiations that led to the project. It's easy to see how it may not have happened because of costs and politics. We're taken to the last game at the Stadium in '73 as well as the ceremony on the field the following day. We hear from many people involved in the demolition and reconstruction. There are some technical things explained, and a few contradictory statements from people. Thats bound to happen when people strain their memories back forty years. But my favorite part of this book is the photos. Almost all of them are Mike's originals, taken from several vantage points over a period of a few years. It's great to be able to compare a certain part of the park, for example the RF stands, before, during and after the process. Remember, these are not professional shots, but Mike knew what he was after when he took these. Most of them are clear and show some nice detail. A few of my favorites--thousands of seats lined up for sale outside the Stadium, a section of the facade being removed from the roof, demos of Gate 4 and Gate 6, roofs of the ticket booths piles outside {interesting to read where some of those ended up}, the transporting of the baseball bat-smokestack to the site, and a color shot looking through the steel of the new scoreboard wall with several sections of the new frieze visible inside. There are a few pix of the Yanks playing at Shea {booo!} and a few of the RYS in '76. To me, it's the kind of book that you can open to any page and find something interesting. All in all a job well done. And don't be scared off by the price. If you're a YS buff or especially interested in the time period, it's worth it.
                        Last edited by The Monument; 11-12-2012, 08:49 PM.
                        Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,and welcome to Yankee Stadium. Here are the lineups for todays game...


                        • Originally posted by SultanOfWhat View Post
                          Not sure if these have been posted, but I don't remember seeing them. October 26, 1973.

                          Never posted, outstanding.
                          Thank You.


                          • Dear The Monument,

                            Thank you for your review of "Babe's Place." It does fill the gap of the renovation of Yankee Stadium. I'm glad I took those photos years ago. You never know what will come back to haunt you in a good way or bad way. This was a good way. It's an important part of Yankee Stadium history that will not be lost to the ages. Finding out all I did about the renovation, as well as the other historic eras of the Yankees and the Stadium was a wonderful experience. If anyone else would care their honest views about "Babe's Place," please do.

                            -Mike Wagner


                            • Originally posted by Mike Wagner View Post
                              I tried for over an hour to try to get the cover photo of "Babe's Place" on this site, but without success. Sorry folks.
                              Here is the link to the Facebook page you created for the book.

                              I'm thrilled for you after years of this quest your wonderful book is finally completed and slightly concerned what the reaction will be from the Yankees. Here is the cover image you tried to post, if you do not agree with the cover being posted, let me know and I'll edit/delete this.

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                              Last edited by WEB; 11-12-2012, 08:19 PM.


                              • Dear WEB,

                                Thank you for your kind words and for being nice enough to post the cover of the book. The white cover is the proof from the printer. The gray cover on Facebook is the actual cover of the finished book. I hope the Yankees will like the book.

                                The beautiful cover was created by Brad Turnow of 48 Hour Books of Akron, Ohio, was the
                                publisher I used to self-publish "Babe's Place." They were absolutely wonderful to work with!!! The 3 photos on the back of the book are photos I took. The photo of Babe Ruth on the front is courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pat Kelly, the photo archivist, is a great lady. Pat let me view quite a few photos of the Babe, as well as some photos of the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium, as well as others of Babe that are found inside the book.