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Hampton vs. Morgan State football at Stadium Nov. 17

More football is coming to Yankee Stadium that will again be the site of a classic matchup as Hampton University will oppose Morgan State University Nov. 17 in the Bronx. The two-year agreement calls for the two schools to play at the Stadium in 2013 as well.

The original Yankee Stadium was the site of what became known as the annual New York Urban League Football Classic from 1968-73 and again from 1976-87. Morgan State played 11 times in the game, going 1-10 against Grambling and head coach Eddie Robinson each time. It will mark Hampton’s first football game at the Stadium, original or current.

“It’s wonderful that the New York Urban League Football Classic can once again call Yankee Stadium its home,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said. “As everyone knows, college football was a passion of my father’s, as was providing opportunities for future generations. The return of this rich tradition showcases both of those tenets, and our organization couldn’t be prouder to be hosting the NYUL Football Classic this fall.”

Now in its fourth year of existence, the current Yankee Stadium has already been the site to elite college football games: the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl, the 50th all-time matchup between Notre Dame and Army in 2010 and Army vs. Rutgers in 2011. The home of the Yankees will be the site of Army vs. Boston College in November 2014. Additionally, the Public School Athletic League Football Championship Game has been held at the Stadium in each of the past two years.

Since its inception, proceeds from the New York Urban League Football Classic have helped to leverage more than $20 million in Whitney M. Young, Jr. Educational Scholarships to nearly 4,000 college-bound students.

Whitney M. Young, Jr., after whom the scholarship was named, was president of the National Urban League. His distinguished career was marked by his effectiveness in bringing the business community into full participation in the struggle for civil rights. Young focused on gaining equality for black people in business and politics, along with improving opportunities for the urban poor. The New York Urban League continues the mission to enable African-Americans and other under-served communities to secure a first-class education, economic self-reliance and equal respect of civil rights through programs, services and advocacy in a highly diversified city.

The original Stadium had a long association with numerous college and professional football classics. It served as home of the old New York Yankees football team and the New York Giants as well as the secondary football home for New York University from 1923-48.

As one of the world’s most prestigious addresses, the original Stadium was also home to scores of other sports, entertainment and cultural events, including boxing, pro football, soccer, political assemblies, three Papal masses, religious conventions, concerts, NYU commencement and the circus.

Sheppard family grateful

The family of the late Yankee Stadium public address announcer Bob Sheppard expressed their gratitude to the people, many of them Yankees fans, who mourned his passing last month.

“Our family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of condolences and support,” the statement read. “We continue to be touched by the kind words and wonderful memories that so many people have shared with us.

“We are humbled that Bob holds a special place in the hearts of so many individuals – from fans of the New York Yankees and New York football Giants to former students at John Adams High School and St. John’s University. Your kindness has inspired us during this difficult time.”

Museum honors Subway Series

What better time than the upcoming Subway Series this weekend at Yankee Stadium than to visit the newest exhibit at the Yankees Museum, “Subway Series: New York’s Baseball Rivalries.”

The exhibit is devoted to the real Subway Series, those World Series in which the Yankees opposed the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers from the 1920s to the 1950s, as well as the 2000 matchup against the Mets.

Among the many items on display in the exhibit that opened last week are game jerseys worn by Willie (Mays), Mickey (Mantle) and the Duke (Snider); catcher’s mitts that belonged to three-time Most Valuable Players Yogi Berra and Roy Campanella; plus game programs, scorecards, pennants, pins and photographs. It is a wonderful nostalgic journey through New York City’s baseball past.

Technically, the Subway Series refers to the World Series the Yankees played against the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium and Ebbets Field in 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1955 and 1956 (all but ’55 won by the Yanks) and the 2000 Series against the Mets (also won by the Bombers).

The phrase was also used for the Yankees’ World Series against the Giants, although there was no direct subway connection between Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds, the Giants’ former home that was located across the Harlem River from the Stadium in upper Manhattan. You could get from one park to the other merely by walking across the Macombs Dam Bridge a lot quicker than taking the subway.

In fact, the first two World Series between the Yankees and the Giants, in 1921 and 1922 (both won by the Giants), were played in the same place, the Polo Grounds, where the Yankees were tenants for 10 seasons before the original Stadium opened in 1923, the site of World Series between the teams that year plus 1936, 1937 and 1951, all won by the Yankees.

Another recently opened exhibit is “Iron Horse: The Life and Career of Lou Gehrig,” examining the Hall of Famer’s life on and off the field. Artifacts include two game-worn Gehrig jerseys, two game-used bats (one of which was autographed) and the “Don’t Quit” parchment given to him during Lou Gehrig Day July 4, 1939 when he delivered his famous farewell speech calling himself “the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”

Of more recent vintage is the exhibit, “2009: A Season to Celebrate,” which focuses on last season’s memorable events. Artifacts include the ball from the final out of the 2009 World Series, a World Series ring from Balfour, and the plate and pitcher’s rubber used during the first game at the current Stadium, which were also used during the last game at the original Yankee Stadium Sept. 21, 2008.

The Museum, presented by Bank of America, is located at the Stadium on the Main Level near Gate 6 at East 161st Street and River Avenue. Guests may gain access to the museum on game days from the time the gates open two hours before gametime until the end of the eighth inning. On non-game days, visitors may visit the museum as part of Yankee Stadium tours.

Return to the Canyon

Yankees manager Joe Girardi joined the Alliance for Downtown New York Tuesday to unveil a new granite sidewalk marker in the Canyon of Heroes commemorating the November 2009 ticker-tape parade honoring the team’s unprecedented 27th World Series championship.

“The iconic corridor of lower Broadway has provided a dramatic setting for 204 parades, and we’re thrilled to count the 2009 world champion Yankees among the heroes who have been showered with ticker tape and confetti,” Downtown Alliance president Elizabeth H. Berger said. “This marker will remind New Yorkers for generations to come of the Yankees’ magical run in 2009 – their first world championship in the new Yankee Stadium.”

“Last year was an incredible year for our team,” Girardi said. “I’m proud to be here to commemorate our 2009 World Series championship. There are almost no words to describe the energy and excitement that was in the air on that special day we all shared last November up the Canyon of Heroes. We are so grateful that each and every member of our team was able to share that feeling with our fans and the great people of the city of New York.”

Girardi and Berger were joined at the ceremony by members of the Downtown Little League Yankees.

For nearly a century and a quarter, some of history’s most notable individuals and sports teams have been honored with ticker-tape parades up Broadway’s Canyon of Heroes – from Battery Park to City Hall. The first parade, on October 28, 1886, celebrated the dedication of the Statue of Liberty. Eight parades have been held for Yankees and Mets World Series wins, and one was held before the 1954 World Series for the New York Giants, who went on to sweep the Cleveland Indians.

The Downtown Alliance launched New York City’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003 to commemorate the Canyon of Heroes’ parades with a series of black granite strips set into the sidewalks of Broadway. The strips commemorate the parades for every ticker-tape honoree – a group that includes pioneers of air and space travel, soldiers, sailors and sea captains, heads of state, politicians, fire-fighters, journalists, athletes and even a virtuoso pianist. The Yankees’ latest marker will join 178 plaques currently embedded along lower Broadway.
An additional 25 markers will be re-installed following completion of the Fulton Street Transit Center.