New homes bring Yanks good luck
Perhaps the Yankees should get a new stadium every year.
Besides winning 19 titles when there’s a Democratic president, the Yankees have had their share of good fortune in the three years they’ve either renovated their stadium or built a new one.
One year after losing the World Series to the New York Giants 4-0-1 in 1922, the Yankees moved out of their Manhattan home, the Polo Grounds, to the original Yankee Stadium, aka “The House That Ruth Built.”
In 1923, the Yanks went 98-54 and beat the Giants in six games for the title to their first of 26 world championships. That year, 28-year-old Babe Ruth hit 41 homers with 131 RBIs to lead the Yankees.
Fast-forward 53 years to 1976, when the Yankees played their first season in their renovated ballpark. From 1974-75, the Yankees played in Shea Stadium while their ballpark was given a brand-new look inside and out.
The construction coincided with the sunset of a bleak era in Yankees history (the team missed the playoffs from 1965-75). The drought ended in their new environs, where Chris Chambliss’ homer in the bottom of the ninth in Game 5 against Kansas City sent the Yanks to their first World Series since 1964. They were promptly swept by Cincinnati.
During the new stadium’s inaugural season this year, the Yankees’ fortunes have improved after a disappointing 2008, when they won just 89 games and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1993. The new-stadium powers have been in full force this postseason; the Yankees won an AL divisional series for the first time since 2004 and reached their first World Series since 2003.
But maybe the team should break ground on another new ballpark … just in case.