See 85 Years of Baseball History Vanish in 30 Seconds

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It’s been five years since Yankee Stadium was demolished after serving as home to the New York Yankees for 85 years. National Geographic was there throughout the demolition process. (Nat Geo News)

What’s a Yankee? Use our encyclopedic entry to find out.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map.

Click on the photo to see 85 years of baseball history vanish in 30 seconds. Photograph by National Geographic

Click on the photo to see 85 years of baseball history vanish in 30 seconds.
Photograph by National Geographic

Discussion Ideas

  • New York City is divided into five boroughs. Can you name them? In which borough was the former Yankee Stadium located?

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  • Why was Yankee Stadium nicknamed “the House that Ruth Built”?

 

 

  • Why was Yankee Stadium demolished?
    • Money. The cost of maintaining the original building was very high. Owners and businesses thought that in the long run, constructing a new, state-of-the-art stadium would be less expensive than renovating the old one. (Yankee Stadium actually had been renovated once before, forcing the Yankees to play their 1974-1975 games at Shea Stadium—home of their cross-town rivals the Mets—while the renovation was taking place.)

 

  • Why did the stadium take so long to demolish? Why couldn’t they just blow it up?
    • According to Nat Geo, “Authorities could not ‘blow up’ the stadium because of its close proximity to residences and active rail lines.” (Today’s MapMaker Interactive map uses the satellite image base map to let you see what a densely populated urban area the Bronx is.)

 

  • What parts of the stadium had to be removed before the building itself could be demolished?
    • In order of their removal:
      • memorials (including retired jerseys from Ruth, Gehrig and others), which were moved to the new Yankee Stadium
      • equipment, such as home plate and the pitcher’s mound, which were also moved to the new stadium
      • 100,000 square feet of turf
      • more than 50,000 seats
      • facade of the building
      • bleachers

 

Take a look at today's MapMaker Interactive map, which shows the site of the original Yankee Stadium. We used the "satellite image" base map so you can see the neighborhood (that's the Harlem River to the west), and the baseball stadium markers (how often do we get to use those?!) Be sure to click on the markers to learn a little about the stadia.

Take a look at today’s MapMaker Interactive map, which shows the site of the original Yankee Stadium. We used the “satellite image” base map so you can see the neighborhood (that’s the Harlem River to the west), and the baseball stadium markers (how often do we get to use those?!) Be sure to click on the markers to learn a little about the stadia.

  • What’s at the site of the original Yankee Stadium today?

 

  • Where is the new Yankee Stadium? How far is it from the original site?
    • It’s right across the street! The new Yankee Stadium is a block away from the old site. The city didn’t even have to change the name of the subway stop.

 

TEACHERS’ TOOLKIT

Nat Geo: See 85 Years of Baseball History Vanish in 30 Seconds

Nat Geo: Where is Yankee Stadium? map

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