When the Boston Red Sox Came to Yankee Stadium, Memories Were Soon To Follow

Don SpielesCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2008

Browse through the titles at your local video store or on Netflix, and you can easily see what Hollywood thinks of Yankee Stadium.

You’ll see Pride of the Yankees, the heartbreaking story of Lou Gehrig, including his “Luckiest Man Alive” speech. Babe, which chronicles the life and career of the sport's best-known hero, and 61* tells us the story of the "M&M Boys," Mantle and Maris and the year the Babe’s single-season record fell.

More recently, The Bronx is Burning bought back the 1978 season and all its trials and tribulations, and even Catch Me if You Can assured us that the Yankees would always win because no one can take their eyes off of the pinstripes!

Hollywood would also surely love the outcome of Thursday’s final matchup between the Sox and Yanks in “the House That Ruth Built,” because though it may not have huge implication on the season, it is probably the way things needed to be.

At the close of this season, the Yankees will have played their last game at the stadium. The new Yankee Stadium, being constructed right next door, promises to be the pinnacle of modern venues and will surely begin building its own history from the get go.

And of all the sights and sounds that Yankee Stadium has housed over the years, some of the finest were when the Red Sox were in town. 

Just to name a few:

Oct. 1 & 2, 1949 – The Red Sox come into the last series of the season needing only to win one of two in Yankee Stadium to go to the World Series. Instead, the Yanks take both games, winning their 16th American League Pennant.

May 24, 1952 – Not the most well known of brawls at the stadium, but a brawl to be certain. Red Sox outfielder Jimmy Piersoll and Yankee Billy Martin get into a fight in a tunnel under the stands. Piersoll gets the worst of the fight, having to change his bloody shirt before taking the field. Sox get the better of the game, winning 5–2.

Oct. 1, 1961 – Roger Maris breaks Babe Ruth’s single-season home-run record, hitting his 61st on the last day of the season. The Red Sox's Tracy Stallard was the pitcher that gave up the historic jack.

May 20, 1976 – Yankee Lou Pinnella slides feet first in to Carlton Fisk, sparking a bench-clearing brawl. Just when order seemed to be restored, Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee and Yankee third baseman Graig Nettles come to blows. Lee ends up with a separated shoulder and the Red Sox win 8–2.

July 4, 1983 – Yankee Dave Righetti pitches a no-hitter against the Red Sox, including a final strikeout of Wade Boggs.

Oct. 16, 2003 – Red Sox face the Yankees in Game Seven of the ALCS. With the Red Sox up 4–2 in the eighth, Grady Little fails to pull the tiring Pedro Martinez out of the game, and instead allows the Yankees to tie the game.

In the 11th frame, the then-unknown Aaron Boone drills a Tim Wakefield offering over the left-field wall for a walk-off victory, keeping the Red Sox out of the World Series.

Oct. 20, 2004 – After man-handling the Red Sox and building a 3–0 ALCS lead, the Yankees find themselves facing a Game Seven, after the Sox took Games 4, 5, and 6. The Sox take the game by a score of 10 – 3, marking the first time in 100 years that they had beaten the Yankees to take the Pennant.

Aug. 28, 2008 – The Red Sox had won the first two games of their final visit to Yankee Stadium by a combined score of 18–6. The third game, however, turns out to be a pitchers duel between Boston’s Jon Lester and New York’s Mike Mussina.

Jason Giambi’s pinch-hit, two-run homer ties the game at two in the seventh. In his next at-bat, Giambi hits a walk-off single off of Jonathan Papelbon, which gives the Yankees the 3–2 victory.