Wednesday, September 17, 2008
ESPN has released its day-long timeline for covering the final game at Yankee Stadium this Sunday, and while a little over the top, the network does have some cool features planned. There will be a total of seven hours of pre-game content including the pre-game ceremonies (ESPN2, 7pm) before turning the broadcast over to Jon Miller and Joe Morgan for the call of the game.
The Baseball Tonight crew of Karl Ravech, Peter Gammons, John Kruk, Steve Phillips, Buck Showalter and Buster Olney, will be on hand as well. And while thhe list of special guests is still growing, here's who's confirmed to appear in the booth so far: Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Billy Crystal, and former Negro League Rookie of the Year Mahlon Duckett.
It's a lot to take in, but here's the schedule if you want mark anything down....
ESPN’s Day-Long Yankee Stadium Coverage
SportsCenter Specials (1-3; 4-6 p.m.), Baseball Tonight (6 p.m.) and SportsCenter
(7 p.m.): Live reports and discussion with commentators from Yankee Stadium; Interviews with current and former Yankee players and executives; A re-air of the 30 Yankee Stadium vignettes recounting some of the most memorable events ever held at the landmark venue; Classic innings in New York Yankees history.
(ESPN will re-air Yankee Stadium: Baseball’s Cathedral presented by Chevy, a one-hour documentary produced by MLB, at 3 p.m.)
Yankee Stadium Pre-Game Ceremonies: ESPN2, ESPN Radio, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV will present all pre-game ceremonies live from Yankee Stadium.
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles (8 p.m.): ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International will present the final game from Yankee Stadium.
Post-Game Coverage: ESPNEWS will cover the entire post-game ceremonies live, with ESPN offering coverage within SportsCenter.
ESPN Classic: Beginning September 21 at 12 a.m., ESPN Classic will televise 20 consecutive hours of programming featuring events which occurred at Yankee Stadium.
12-2AM: 1976 ALCS, Game 5: Royals vs. Yankees – Chris Chambliss hits a walk-off home run
2-4AM: 1977 World Series, Game 6: Dodgers vs. Yankees – Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in the deciding game of the World Series
4-5AM: 1983 Red Sox vs. Yankees – Dave Righetti pitches Yankees’ first no-hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game
5-6AM: 1983 Royals vs. Yankees – the George Brett pine tar incident
6-7AM: 1993 Indians vs. Yankees – Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians
7-9AM: 1996 World Series, Game 6: Braves vs. Yankees – the Yankees win their first World Series title since 1978
9-10AM: 1998 Twins vs. Yankees – David Wells becomes the first Yankee to toss a perfect game during the regular season
10-11AM: 1999 Expos vs. Yankees – on “Yogi Berra Day,” when Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial first pitch, David Cone tosses the 15th regular season perfect game
11 AM-1PM: 2001 World Series, Game 5: Diamondbacks vs. Yankees – Scott Brosius hits a home run with two outs
1-2PM: 2003 ALCS, Game 7: Red Sox vs. Yankees – Aaron Boone hits a pinch hit, game-winning home run in the bottom of the 11th inning
2-2:30PM: 1993 Max Schmeling vs. Max Bear
2:30-3PM: 1936 & 1938 Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling I & II
3-3:30PM: Joe Louis’ Greatest Hits, KO of Arturo Godoy at Yankee Stadium
3:30-4PM: 1946 Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn II
4-5PM: Joe Louis’ Greatest Hits, KO of Jersey Joe Walcott in 1947 at Yankee Stadium
5-6PM: 1950 Joe Louis vs. Ezzard Charles
6-6:30PM: 1954 Rocky Marciano vs. Ezzard Charles
6:30-7:30PM: 1955 Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore
7:30-8PM: 1957 Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Carmen Basilio