The walls come crumblin’ down


Tom Kaminski in Chopper 880 took his bird up for a trip over the Bronx earlier this week and returned with a few heartbreaking photos of the destruction of Yankee Stadium. The House that Ruth Built is due to be completely dismantled by mid-summer, and as we can see, the wrecking ball has already taken out large chunks of the upper deck. The two lower levels have long since be removed.

The newest scenes from the deconstruction show us the edge of the left field seats, the skeletal innards of the old stadium and the barren outfield where the bleachers once were. From the looks of it, people waiting for the 4 train on the elevated platform at 161st St. should have a clear view into the old Stadium from the southern end of the station. I’ll bring my camera up there in April to grab some shots. In a few months, a vacant lot waiting for a park will sit where the stadium stood for 85 years.

Categories : Yankee Stadium
  • gc

    I love the new stadium and all, and I didn’t have any issues with them moving out of the old place, but these pictures do get increasingly more difficult to look at as the demolition continues. I guess I’m a sentimental type. Good memories in that place.

    Has anyone posted about this website created by a guy who is creating a scale model of the old (OLD) Yankee Stadium in his basement?

    I love stuff like this. That’s somebody who is passionate and a wee bit crazy, but you have to admire his love of the Yankees and Yankee Stadium.

    • Rose

      This guy better be retired…

    • Brian

      I’m pretty sure it’s his mother’s basement….

      • Count Zero


    • JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      That’s awesome. I used to make huge Lego cities in my garden apartment. It can get pretty addicting.

  • Steve H

    Phew, not a post about Joba/Hughes’ performance today.

    I know last year there were engineers who thought tearing down the old park was going to effect the way the ball traveled in the new park. Has that demolition already taken place, or will we not know the full effect until the whole thing is down?

    • Benjamin Kabak

      Phew, not a post about Joba/Hughes’ performance today.

      We prefer not to read anything at all into the results from 33 pitches thrown on March 5. Call us crazy.

      As to your second question, I think as long as the old stadium walls are still up, the atmospheric conditions could still be impacted. Until those walls come down, we won’t know for sure whether the wind plays a role at the new stadium.

      • Steve H

        We prefer not to read anything at all into the results from 33 pitches thrown on March 5. Call us crazy.

        And that’s why this is the best blog out there. I shudder to think what kind of analysis is out there on the rest of the interweb.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          I have to ask myself: “Did DaVinci bring in help to paint the Sistene Chapel?”


  • Oswegowind (MASONfYKS)

    Wow, hammered! It is high, it is far, it is…….

    A friend of mine works on the Double Nickel Ladder for FDNY, he is going to bring me some crushed concrete so I can mix it into my new patio this summer. But thanks for the update on the demolition.

  • jramey

    eh i doubt it. The hr levels did tail off towards the end…then again once more of YS1.1 was gone.