Appel: The Yankees at Shea Stadium

From SABR member Marty Appel at The National Pastime Museum on March 7, 2018:

In September 2017, when the New York Yankees–Tampa Bay Rays Series was moved to Citi Field, home of the Mets (due to Hurricane Irma), the Yankees were the road team, used the visitor’s clubhouse, and saw signage and scoreboard details designed for the “home team” (the Rays).

But to some, it evoked memories of the 1974–75 seasons when the Yankees called Shea Stadium home.

Indeed, when Shea was torn down after the 2008 season, many local documentaries were produced highlighting the Mets’ 45 seasons there, as well as other events like the New York Jets Super Bowl season and two concerts by the Beatles.

Few mentioned the 162 games played by the Yankees over two seasons—not even the moment when the Yankees almost blew up the ballpark.

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Originally published: March 7, 2018. Last Updated: March 7, 2018.