Friday, May 3, 2013

History of Yankee Stadium, Legends, & Cuff Season

Vintage Baseball Cuff From February to August, I'm a cuff making machine, this is my busiest time of the year for baseball, with football cuffs making a presence mid July into January, not to mention the in-betweeners like basketball, soccer, tennis, nascar and volleyball, which keeps me on my toes. The latest trend within my sports cuff empire are the vintage, old, game played baseballs, which I have to agree are my favorite to make, nothing beats the nostalgia and worn look of an old used baseball, no two leathers are alike, each has its own character and special meaning. Holding one of these baseball treasures is an experience, makes me want to sit back on my porch, drink some lemonade, and reminisce about the playing legends of the day like Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, what it must have been like to be in the crowd at the old Yankee stadium watching them play. ( Opening day at Yankee Stadium in 1923, John Philip Souza second from the right on the field, from the George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress) Yankee Stadium officially opened on Wednesday, April 18, 1923, with the Yankees' first home game. The venue was constructed for $2.4 million (equal to $32,339,063 today's amount) between 1922–1923 specifically for the Yankees, who had been sharing the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants baseball team for 10 years. Yankee Stadium opened during the 1923 MLB season, and at the time, it was hailed as a one-of-a-kind facility in the country for its size. Baseball Scrapbook PaperA digital card collage I created using vintage baseball cards measuring 12 by 12 Up to this point The Yankees had played at the Polo Grounds in northern Manhattan since 1913, sharing the venue with the New York Giants. However, relations between the two teams were rocky, with the Giants harboring resentment towards the Yankees. For the 1920 season, the Yankees acquired star slugger Babe Ruth and in his first year with his new team, the Yankees drew 1.3 million fans to the Polo Grounds, outdrawing the Giants. In 1921, the Yankees won their first American League pennant (but lost the then-best-of-nine 1921 World Series to the Giants in eight games, all played at the Polo Grounds). This exacerbated Giants owner Charles Stoneham's resentment of the Yankees and precipitated his insistence that the Yankees find another place to play their home games. The Giants derisively suggested that the Yankees relocate "to Queens or some other out-of-the-way place. So that is what Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston and Jacob Ruppert, the Yankees' owners since January 1915, decided to due, to proceed with building their team its own stadium. Huston and Ruppert explored many areas for Yankee Stadium, the area they settled on was a 10 acres (4.0 ha) lumberyard in the Bronx within walking distance from, and in sight of, Coogan's Bluff. The Polo Grounds was located on the Manhattan side of the Harlem River, at 155th Street and Eighth Avenue. Huston and Ruppert purchased the lumberyard from William Waldorf Astor for $600,000, equal to $8,229,423 today. Construction began May 5, 1922, and Yankee Stadium opened to the public less than a year later. The stadium's walls were built of "an extremely hard and durable concrete that was developed by Thomas Edison", with total of 20,000 cubic yards (15,000 cubic meters) of concrete used in the original structure.a digital piece I did out of my love for Babe Ruth Upon opening the stadium, Fred Lieb of the New York Evening Telegram dubbed the stadium "The House That Ruth Built". The Yankees also won their first World Series during the Stadium's inaugural season, this paving the way to many more World Series Wins to come. Baseball is apart of our American history and tradition, it creates bonding experiences with families, with friends, it paves the way to new friendships, creates heartfelt tradition and memories for all ages to enjoy, guy or girl, 8 year old or 80 year old, its a way to keep the heart young and feel art of the game. For me baseball has all these factors, but it also has extra meaning, it inspired me to create, to design and play another part of the game. It enabled me to create my sports cuffs out of pure nostalgia of the baseball itself, to preserve it forever and wear as my tribute to my baseball hero's, who are guiding me closer and closer to the game. Each team I work with, every family member or friend I speak with, and fans who heart their team, all want to have that one unique piece of memorabilia which makes them feel more connected at the game. Vintage Unraveled BaseballsVintage Unraveled Baseballs Vintage Baseball CuffVintage Baseball Cuff My favorite cuffs beside the vintage baseball cuffs, are the ones that players wives, local team members, and fans sometimes want, using their own special baseball from a game, which allows me to put even more meaning into their cuff design, because its special to them and now to me.Custom Cuff: Katelyn! 3 Thanks everyone for taking a brief trip down memory lane with me and for all your support of the original sports cuff all these years! Have a great weekend, xo Lisa For more information on the history of Yankee Stadium visit: To purchase your own sports cuffs visit these 3 sites:

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