Lesser-Known Yankee Stadium Moments

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In its 85 years, Yankee Stadium saw more than its share of history made, but there was more to the Cathedral of Baseball than championships and record-setting:

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1923: On the pitch before hitting the first home run ever at Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth sneezes mid-swing and hits a foul ball right into his crotch

1926: Babe Ruth hits a meaningless home run, marking the first and last time Yankees fans don't attach sentimental value to every little thing that happens

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1938: Boxer Joe Louis becomes the first person to hit a man out of Yankee Stadium

1974–1975: Stadium undergoes massive renovations to remove all traces of anything aesthetically interesting

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1994: In what most agree is a failed experiment, a deafened crowd watches in amazement and terror as Jeff Gordon wins the inaugural, and thus far only, Yankee Stadium 500

1995: Stadium owners lose to rival Los Angeles County Superior Court in battle to host the O.J. Simpson murder trial

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2005: Mark Bellhorn and Derek Jeter turn one of their crisper double plays

2008: After trying his entire career to hit the last home run ever at Yankee Stadium, José Molina does so

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