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Yankee Stadium [I] (1923 - 1973)

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  • Originally posted by Gehrig27 View Post
    The book really does transport you to another era, it has a lot of great pictures of players (including Mantle and Billy Martin playing wiffle ball in the clubhouse bathroom) and the Stadium - I can't recommend it enough.

    I love the old top-hat logo too, the current one does the original design no justice. In addition to the one with the blue brim, there was also a variant with light grey that you can see on some old World Series programs.
    That's interesting about the light grey it reminds me of the road uniforms. When I see any color photos of OYS i'll look to see if any of them have that version of the logo.
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    • Originally posted by voodoochile View Post
      mandrake,thanks, I appreciate your time. Very interesting story to say the least, and somewhat confusing in some parts, but that's to be expected when a city, a baseball conglomerate, a university and the Knights of Colombus deal in creative business philosophies.

      Not one to frequent in high end deals myself, I do, however, recall that 1962 was not the last appearance of the Yankees in the World Series, but it was the last year they had won it. They were swept by the Dodgers in '63, and lost in 7 games to the Cards in '64. I just happened to be present for game 5 of the '64 series, which was the last World Series game played at the old stadium.

      Thanks again for the info, which I will no doubt find it necessary to read a few times in order to figure it all out.
      Those errors about the 1963 and 1964 series are directly from Rice University. All of those were cut and paste jobs from Rice, the Knights, and the NY times.

      I should have proof read it instead of putting it out there!

      BTW, I have not found out how much $$$$ the Knights got for the land in 1971 from NYC. Maybe it was secret?

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      • Originally posted by mandrake View Post
        Those errors about the 1963 and 1964 series are directly from Rice University. All of those were cut and paste jobs from Rice, the Knights, and the NY times.

        I should have proof read it instead of putting it out there!

        BTW, I have not found out how much $$$$ the Knights got for the land in 1971 from NYC. Maybe it was secret?
        I realized that it was cut and pasted, but just thought you'd like to know if you didn't know already.

        As for the cost of the property from K of C, my reference only says that the stadium and land together were had by the city for $24 million.

        It still baffles me, although I read the documents, how both the stadium and land both ended up where they did. I wonder who owns the White House.

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        • RYS Color Scheme Modeled After the Original Top-Hat Logo Brim Color = Light Blue

          Originally posted by Gehrig27 View Post
          The book really does transport you to another era, it has a lot of great pictures of players (including Mantle and Billy Martin playing wiffle ball in the clubhouse bathroom) and the Stadium - I can't recommend it enough.

          I love the old top-hat logo too, the current one does the original design no justice. In addition to the one with the blue brim, there was also a variant with light grey that you can see on some old World Series programs.
          Gehrig27, this new information about the grey brim really throws a curveball into my research! I have never seen nor heard anything about this color scheme before. What really strikes me is the brown bat color on both. The top-hat logo that was used immediately after the renovation (see below) had white on the bat, rather than the brown. This white carried over when they changed the brim from light blue to white. It also got me thinking: did they choose the color scheme for the Renovated Yankee Stadium after this light blue that was found on the original top-hat logo? Compare the outfield fence with the brim of the top-hat logo in the below photograph. It sure looks similar.

          Anyway, as I have pointed out before, the blue brim color scheme made it as late as 1996. I was watching Game 1 of the 1996 World Series, and I happened to notice our beloved logo painted proudly on the roof of the Yankees dugout. It both surprised me and gave me hope that this logo might return someday, as it hasn't been completely forgotten for that long. I really want the Yankee, ESPN, and MLB graphics departments to recognize this beautiful top-hat logo, and return it to us as soon as possible.

          Last edited by locke40; 08-27-2009, 06:42 AM. Reason: RYS Color Scheme Modeled After the Original Top-Hat Logo Brim Color = Light Blue
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          • It is pretty difficult to pinpoint the moment of the change, but even afterwards they seemed to be used at random. I quickly threw together some old programs and yearbooks to show an evolution of the logo, and it just makes it more confusing . They started out white, then blue. In '76 it was the current one, only to be blue again for the '82 yearbook. The latest I've seen the blue scheme used was the 1993 yearbook, you'd think they would just keep it already!
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            • After Gehrig27 said that the gray variant could be seen on some older World Series programs, I whipped out a 1949 program to see, and the area in question on mine is clearly pink.
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              • Originally posted by Gehrig27 View Post
                The book really does transport you to another era, it has a lot of great pictures of players (including Mantle and Billy Martin playing wiffle ball in the clubhouse bathroom) and the Stadium - I can't recommend it enough.

                I love the old top-hat logo too, the current one does the original design no justice. In addition to the one with the blue brim, there was also a variant with light grey that you can see on some old World Series programs.
                I love the logo too...that's why I jumped at the chance to have this...
                from the old stadium- used in the Yankees offices there, they had these glass partitions with the logo...mine has some slight stress fractures towards the top but its still structurally sound...I'm looking to frame it and hang it up
                Won it on the steiner auction for only $60 due to an error with the site, another went for over $200- haha take that steiner
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                • Originally posted by voodoochile View Post
                  After Gehrig27 said that the gray variant could be seen on some older World Series programs, I whipped out a 1949 program to see, and the area in question on mine is clearly pink.
                  Now we've got PINK to go along with blue, grey and white!
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                  • Originally posted by Lpeters199 View Post
                    Hi Guys - I've found this picture to have been taken August 29, 1967. Score was actually 2-1 Boston, but Lonborg did beat Stottlemyre that day.

                    It is a great photo. It shows the pattern of fans in the bleachers that I remember angling away from the earlier version of the "black" .

                    Regards,
                    Mark
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                    • [QUOTE=locke40;1600349]Gehrig27, this new information about the grey brim really throws a curveball into my research! I have never seen nor heard anything about this color scheme before. What really strikes me is the brown bat color on both. The top-hat logo that was used immediately after the renovation (see below) had white on the bat, rather than the brown. This white carried over when they changed the brim from light blue to white.



                      Regarding the brown color on the bat, I haven't even looked to see if I'm correct, but as far as I can recall I don't believe they did anything more than red, white and blue when it was a large logo, for instance, on the wall, or the on deck circle, etc. I only recall the brown on printed material. Could be wrong, though.

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                      • Umpire Emmett Ashford at Yankee Stadium:
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                        • Great shot of Ashford. I wish today's umpires would use some ingenuity and creativeness when making calls. One that I recall from not too long ago is Ron Luciano. When he was working first base he would draw an imaginary gun and shoot you if you were out. He also used to take a lot of heat from the league for some of his antics, too.

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                          • Originally posted by voodoochile View Post
                            Great shot of Ashford. I wish today's umpires would use some ingenuity and creativeness when making calls. One that I recall from not too long ago is Ron Luciano. When he was working first base he would draw an imaginary gun and shoot you if you were out. He also used to take a lot of heat from the league for some of his antics, too.
                            I understand what you are saying...but the best umpires are the ones you never notice. The ones that think the game is about them normally make the worst calls and get in the most trouble.

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                            • Originally posted by bandit12 View Post
                              I understand what you are saying...but the best umpires are the ones you never notice. The ones that think the game is about them normally make the worst calls and get in the most trouble.
                              A valid point, but you must agree that SOME of the best umpires are the ones that you never notice, not all of them.

                              Ron Luciano was, and I believe still is considered one of the best, albiet flamboyant umpires in the league. Yes, he took some heat, and may have gotten himself in trouble, but it was usually for non-baseball related activities. His ability to call a game was never in question.

                              (Before I take any heat myself from a moderator, let it be known that Ron Luciano was at his best when he worked pre-renovated Yankee Stadium.)

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                              • As an umpire, it's probably a good thing if the fans don't know your name!
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