Yankee "Stadium" myth (1911 and others)

Bapopik at AOL.COM Bapopik at AOL.COM
Mon Apr 10 02:13:10 UTC 2006

To answer my own question of:
8 April 2006, New York Post, pg. 23, col. 1:
Yankee Stadium was the  first ballpark to be called a "Stadium" rather than  a
"Field," a "Park"  or a "Grounds."

Yankee Stadium is the home _stadium_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadium)
of the _New York Yankees_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Yankees) , a
_major league_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball)
_baseball_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball)  team.  Located at East 161st Street
and River Avenue in _The Bronx_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bronx) ,
_New York  City_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_City) , it originally
opened on _April 18_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_18) , _1923_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1923)  and reopened on _April 15_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_15) , _1976_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976)  after an
extensive  three year renovation. The first night game was played on _May 28_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_28) , _1946_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1946) .
Yankee Stadium is often referred to as "The House that _Ruth_
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babe_Ruth)  Built", but it is usually  referred to as "The
Stadium". It was the first baseball park to be labeled a  "Stadium" rather than a
"Field," a "Park," or a "Grounds," and it conformed to  the usage of the term
in ancient _Greece_ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece) , where a stadium
was a  foot-race arena. Yankee Stadium's field was initially surrounded by a
(misshapen) quarter-mile running track, which effectively also served as an
early "warning track" for fielders, a feature now standard in all major league
17 April 1912, Los Angeles Times, pg. III2:
Twelve thousand Portland fans today dedicated the greatest baseball stadium
on the Pacific Slope and incidentally they saw San Francisco win from the
champions, 2 to 1.
See the following for "Brush Stadium," the 1911 name of the "Polo Grounds"
in New York City:

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list