ESPN To Spend An Entire Day At Yankee Stadium Covering The Park's Last Game

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

25 Comments:

great timing AA. I was JUST about to send you an e-mail...what do you think more people are going to watch sunday night:

a) orioles / yankees
b) cowboys / packers

i've been a yankee fan since i was a kid (going back to 77-78). but with the way this season has turned out, i'm not sure if i want to bother watching the yankee game. had it been the last game of the season, maybe. odds are they will lose anyway, fitting end to a crap season.

-dan

-dan said...
Sep 17, 2008, 4:40:00 PM  

plus i don't want to listen to the bbtn crew and miller/morgan.

-dan

-dan said...
Sep 17, 2008, 4:43:00 PM  

As a Yankee die-hard, I feel I'm obligated to watch the final game at the Stadium, but I don't really want to. In terms of just the game, Cowboys-Packers is far more compelling -- but Yankees-Orioles will need to be priority one, unfortunately. Closing the Stadium on an NFL Sunday = bad move.

cb said...
Sep 17, 2008, 4:52:00 PM  

And this will be different from the day-to-day ESPN programming how?

pm said...
Sep 17, 2008, 4:52:00 PM  

Shoot. Me. Now.

Bruce said...
Sep 17, 2008, 4:57:00 PM  

This is great. I like the history stuff. Joe Morgan calling the final game is a slap in the face though.

GMoney said...
Sep 17, 2008, 5:27:00 PM  

Why isn't game 6 from the 2004 ALCS on that list?

Anonymous said...
Sep 17, 2008, 5:33:00 PM  

I find it funny that the New Yankee Stadium is pretty much the same thing across the street.

Anonymous said...
Sep 17, 2008, 6:11:00 PM  

The final game at the real Yankee Stadium was in the early 70s and I'm also tired of the ESPN anchors calling it "The Stadium". Maybe that is what they say in NY, but give us a break.

Anonymous said...
Sep 17, 2008, 6:15:00 PM  

I'll make sure to watch that day if I have a stomachache and need some good upchunk help

Tim said...
Sep 17, 2008, 7:24:00 PM  

Holy overkill batman. The stadium's only 30 years old. Congrats ESPN, I won't turn on your channel for a split second on sunday.

Anonymous said...
Sep 17, 2008, 8:47:00 PM  

Our cable company (RCN) STOLE ESPN Classic from us (technically, moved it from basic to digital-tier so we have to pay $20 extra a month to see it)...they think it's going to merge with NFLNET which is already there...

Jeff Tramiel said...
Sep 17, 2008, 9:11:00 PM  

"they think it's going to merge with NFLNET which is already there..."

Jeff Tramiel - Unless something changed in the last two weeks, not necessarily.

Anonymous said...
Sep 17, 2008, 9:19:00 PM  

What Billy Crystal will be there?
What a shocker!!

Anonymous said...
Sep 18, 2008, 5:24:00 AM  

Yeah, I won't be watching anything on the leader until the game, just because I wanna see my O's crash the party.
But good thing I have two TV's, so I don't have to listen to Morgan/Miller's verbal fellatio of the Yanks all game.

Bazooka Jones said...
Sep 18, 2008, 1:17:00 PM  

Also, I give the Mets the same amount of respect I give the original Evil Empire-- None. But where is ESPN's Shea Day?

Bazooka Jones said...
Sep 18, 2008, 1:18:00 PM  

Billy Crystal??? Why in the world is even associated with the Yankees? Friggin ridiculous.

Anonymous said...
Sep 18, 2008, 3:21:00 PM  

Shea Stadium (1964) is older than Yankee Stadium (1975) and has a better scoreboard.

Steve said...
Sep 18, 2008, 5:38:00 PM  

I guess no Shea Day but then again there was no Tiger Stadium or Three Rivers Stadium day which I would definitely put in the same class as Yankee Stadium II. Now when Wrigley or Fenway see their last days I am sure ESPN will do the same. Dodgers Stadium? Not sure but it deserves the same.

Anonymous said...
Sep 18, 2008, 5:47:00 PM  

"Dodgers Stadium?"

Sure. To honor Dodgers Stadium fans, ESPN will show up in the second inning and leave after the seventh.

Steve said...
Sep 18, 2008, 8:44:00 PM  

some of the comments here really are off the wall This stadium was remodled but it was not moved so saying it is only 30 years old is insane and tell me if it came out in the newspapers that Fenway Wrigley or say Lambeau field were going to be torn down the fans would burn the towns down and as a New Yorker for 54 years I am totally disgusted that people are allowing this to happen I don't mind them building a new Stadium but tearing down the old stadium is sacrilege go to Rome and tell the people and you plan on ripping down the Coliseum see if you don't start WWIII

Anonymous said...
Sep 19, 2008, 1:15:00 AM  

I can't believe Baer didn't get a matchup with Holyfield or Tyson after knocking out Schmeling in the Stadium 1993. Man did he get screwed out of a title fight.

Matt said...
Sep 19, 2008, 1:58:00 PM  

I live in Canada but grew up watching the Yankees on TV. When I was young I thought there were two teams: the Yankees and the other team they played. From a distance, I have wondered why the people of New York aren't marching in the streets to protest the closing of the stadium. Surely the dirt that the Babe played on is worth fighting for.

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2008, 1:24:00 AM  

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE READING COMMENTS FROM THESE OBVIOUS JEALOUS SLOBS. U KNOW THE YANKEES ARE THE GREATEST SPORTS TEAM IN HISTORY AND IT BOTHER YOU. GET OVER IT....YOUR TEAMS ARE JUST SECOND CLASS AND ALWAYS WILL BE. WHEN U WIN 26 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS YOU CAN HAVE A DAY THAT HONORS THE CLOSING OF YOUR BALLPARK. AND IT WAS REBUILT IN 75 NOT BUILT IN 75 IDIOT. SO PLAYERS LIKE RUTH DIMAGGIO MANTLE GEHRIG STEPPED IN THE SAME BATTERS BOX. ASK A TRUE ATHLETE AND THEY WILL TELL YOU IT IS A CATHEDRAL AND SHOULD BE HONORED AS SUCH. NOW GO BACK TO YOUR POTATO CHIPS AND BEER AND ROOT FOR YOUR TEAMS TO EVEN BE 1/10TH OF WHAT THIS FRANCHISE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE

26 TIME WORLD CHAMP said...
Sep 21, 2008, 10:27:00 PM  

OH AND TO THAT GUY STEVE WHO SAID WRIGLEY, FENWAY SHEA DESERVE THE SAME TYPE OF ATTENTION WHEN THE CLOSE....PLEASE SHARE WHAT UR SMOKING WITH THE REST OF US. DRUNK FAT AND STUPID IS NO WAY TO GO THRU LIFE SON.

joe said...
Sep 21, 2008, 10:32:00 PM  

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