Yankee Stadium and Monument Park
Welcome sign to Monument Park.
Plaque at Monument Park dedicated to Lou Gehrig.
George Steinbrenner's plaque at Monument Park.
Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth's retired jersey numbers at Monument Park.
Mariano Rivera sitting next to his retired jersey number at Monument Park.
Monuments dedicated to Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Manager Miller James Huggins at Monument Park.
Some of the retired jersey numbers at Monument Park.
Backstory and Context
In 1974, after reconstruction of the ballpark moved the center field wall closer to home plate, Monument Park was moved beyond the left-center wall. Along with the tributes, there are flower gardens, tree gardens, and even a Japanese maple tree. "There, in an idyllic setting that includes an interlocking "NY" etched into the walkway entrance, a flagpole with a bronzed Lou Gehrig bat affixed to the top, a Japanese maple tree gently nudging Joe DiMaggio's monument and a flower and tree garden that would make Martha Stewart blush, are the tributes to Yankee legends recent and distant (Christian Red, Daily News Sports Writer)."1
After demolition of the old Yankee Stadium, Monument Park was moved to the new Yankee Stadium in 2009. It was built in left-center field and is located below the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar. The park contains pictures of retired jersey numbers, monuments, and plaques. There is a total of 18 retired numbers, including Yankee legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio. Since Mariano Rivera was able to wear the number 42 due to the grandfather clause, there is no number for Jackie Robinson on the wall since he also wore the number 42. But once Rivera retired, a bronzed 42 was erected to honor Jackie Robinson. There are six monuments, including one which honors Mickey Mantle and the victims of 9/11. There are also a total of 24 plaques, including Yogi Berra, George Steinbrenner, and Joe Torre. It is expected that during the 2015 season three more numbers will be retired, including Andy Pettitte's 46, Jorge Posada's 20, and Bernie Williams' 51. In 2016, form Yankee captain Derek Jeter joined the park when his number was retired.
Red, Christian. Yankee Stadium's Monument Park: Stories of place where legends go. New Yrk Daily News. June 07, 2008. Accessed November 10, 2017. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/yankee-stadium-monument-park-stories-place-legends-article-1.296782.