|Ruth and Gehrig, DiMaggio and Dickey, Mantle and Berra... this latest stretch of Yankee domination is only the most recent. |
entry of a New York club in 1903 into the two-year-old American League gave
legitimacy to that league and began a new stage in baseball history.
character of Times Square soon led to the Yanks' acquisition of eight good Red
Sox players, one great one, and title to Fenway Park. At about this time Giant
management was feeling a bit crowded and booted their tenants out of the Polo
Grounds: "the Yankees will have to build a park in Queens or some other
out-of-the-way place. Let them go away and wither on the vine."
Stadium, opening in 1923 just across the Harlem River from the Polo Grounds,
has been the primary factor in the team's unparalleled success.
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