Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America's First Modern Ballpark, edited by Tara Krieger and Bill Nowlin

SABR Digital Library: Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America’s First Modern Ballpark

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Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America’s First Modern Ballpark
Edited by Tara Krieger and Bill Nowlin
Associate editors: Len Levin and Carl Riechers
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-960819-00-0, $9.99
ISBN (paperback): 978-1-960819-01-7, $34.95
8.5″ x 11″, 370 pages

Yankee Stadium 1923-2008: America’s First Modern Ballpark represents a 100th anniversary celebration of the original Yankee Stadium. The work is the combined effort of 79 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), founded as a nonprofit in 1971.

This was the first “modern” stadium; baseball had never seen anything like Yankee Stadium before it was built. It was the first ballpark to include three levels of seating, accommodating more fans by far than any in the country. In its 85-year existence, it hosted more World Series (37) than any other venue and stood as a shrine to baseball generations past in one of the nation’s largest cities.

Intended as a multipurpose venue from the outset, the Stadium is seen through 40 essays covering not only baseball, but memorable football games, boxing matches, soccer seasons, track and field meets, and wrestling competitions, not to mention rodeos, concerts, and religious and political assemblies. Baseball events at the Stadium embraced not only the New York Yankees—the facility also hosted more than 200 Negro Leagues contests, Hearst Sandlot Classics for developing youth stars, and even an AAGPBL exhibition game.

Baseball was always central, though, and the book also includes accounts of 50 of the most notable games in the history of The House that Ruth Built.

Contributors include: Malcolm Allen, Perry Barber, John Bauer, Jake Bell, Dana Berry, Luis A. Blandon, Thomas J. Brown Jr., John J. Burbridge Jr., Frederick C. “Rick” Bush, Vincent J. Cannato, Ken Carrano, Alan Cohen, Richard Cuicchi, Rich D’Ambrosio, Ray Danner, Larry DeFillipo, Bryan Dietzler, Daniel R. Epstein, Scott Ferkovich, Brian Frank, John Fredland, Craig Garretson, Gordon J. Gattie, Michael Gibbons, Bob Golon, Gene Gomes, Jim Griffin, Ed Gruver, Vince Guerrieri, Donna L. Halper, Sharon Hamilton, Bruce Harris, Paul Hofmann, Jeff Allan Howard, Mike Huber, Lew Insler, Kirk C. Jenkins, Don Jensen, Bill Johnson, Stephen Keeney, Thomas E. Kern, David Krell, Tara Krieger, Kevin Larkin, Len Levin, David H. Lippman, Nick Malian, Mitchell Manoff, Scott Melesky, Thomas Merrick, Andrew Milner, Chad Moody, Tony Morante, Tom Naylor, Dan Neumann, Bill Nowlin, Tim Odzer, James Overmyer, Ralph Peluso, Zac Petrillo, Jack Pfeifer, Scott Pitoniak, Bill Pruden, Todd Radom, Alan Raylesberg, Mike Richard, Carl Riechers, Harry Schoger, Paul Semendinger, Lyle Spatz, Mark S. Sternman, Aaron Tallent, Cecilia Tan, Stew Thornley, Doug Vogel, Joseph Wancho, Bob Webster, Mike Whiteman, and Tim Wiles.


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About the SABR Digital Library

For more than 40 years, SABR and its members have led the way in publishing the best baseball historical and statistical research. Our publications program is shifting to take advantage of new methods of publishing. Not only will we continue to publish new books like Can He Play? A Look At Baseball Scouts and Their Profession (2011); Inventing Baseball: The 100 Greatest Games of the 19th Century (2013); Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox (2015); Au jeu/Play Ball: The 50 Greatest Games in the History of the Montreal Expos (2016); The Pride of Smoketown: The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords (2020); and Jackie Robinson: Perspectives on 42 (2021), which showcase the best efforts of SABR’s members, chapters and committees, but new technology makes it possible for us to bring out-of-print titles like The Fenway Project (2013); Go-Go to Glory: The 1959 Chicago White Sox (2019); and Green Cathedrals (2020) back again.

Visit SABR.org/ebooks to find all past titles and download your favorites. Books will be available in digital formats as well as paperbacks produced by “print on demand” (POD).

SABR members can download all Digital Library e-book editions for free and save 50% on purchase of the paperback editions. If you’re not a member, click here to join SABR.

Stay tuned throughout the year for new (and old!) titles that we’ll be adding to the SABR Digital Library. To learn more about SABR Publications, contact Publications Editor Cecilia Tan at ctan@sabr.org.


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Originally published: March 31, 2023. Last Updated: March 31, 2023.