Monument Park (Yankee Stadium)
Monument Park is an open-air museum located at the new Yankee Stadium containing a collection of monuments, plaques, and retired numbers honoring distinguished members of the New York Yankees.
The original Monument Park was created when the old Yankee Stadium fence was moved in 44 feet during its renovation in the mid-1970's, enclosing prior monuments, plaques, and a flag pole previously on the field of play. Over time, additional plaques were added to the original centerfield wall and "Monument Park" became formalized. When the Yankees moved to their new ballpark in 2009 a replica Monument Park was built beyond the center-field fences and the contents of the old transported over.
Plaques in Monument Park are a great honor for players so distinguished. The monuments mounted posthumously on five large red granite blocks are the highest honor of all. Only five Yankees have been so recognized: players Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Joe DiMaggio, and manager Miller Huggins.
Famous quotes containing the words monument and/or park:
“Their monument sticks like a fishbone
in the citys throat.
Its Colonel is as lean
as a compass-needle.”
—Robert Lowell (19171977)
“and the words never said,
And the ominous, ominous dancing ahead.
We sat in the car park till twenty to one
And now Im engaged to Miss Joan Hunter Dunn.”
—Sir John Betjeman (19061984)