Baseball season is now winding down as we are entering into the fall season; however, baseball nostalgia is alive and doing well especially for the premier team, which definitely dominated the 20th century. The New York Yankees are loved by all; except of course, if you are a Red Sox’s fan.
This date, April 18, 1923, marks the grand opening of Yankee Stadium in New York City remaining the home to the world famous New York Yankees for more than 85 years, hosting 6,581 games, was demolished in 2008. This ticket booth was part of the original stadium before 50-year renovation in 1973."
The 1923 sports pages from coast to coast proclaimed the newly opened Yankee stadium as “the house that Ruth had built.” Babe Ruth, who was a record setting pitcher and a famous home run king, revived baseball, through thousands of new fans and an onset of a long winning history for the Yankees.
Asst. Secretary George Brown Goode (1851-1896), who served at the Smithsonian Institute, initiated the Sports Collection at the Smithsonian in 1882. "The people's museum” should be much more than a house full of specimens in glass cases. It should be a house full of ideas," wrote Goode.
The standards set-up by Goode influenced beyond the Smithsonian Complex; hence, museum practices from every corner of America are featuring the American spirit, ideals, innovation, industry, sciences, sports, and entertainment, which define who Americans are through Smithsonian collections and exhibits.
At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1923 ticket booth, which is only one of many, they all stood in a line in front of the original Yankee Stadium. Much like Bob Sheppard, who was the PA announcer beginning in 1951.
His distinctive voice and tell it like it is approach made him a favorite for over 60 years and the ticket booths were also a fixture in front of the stadium for 50 years.
The boomer generation reflect on their memories through the smells, a booming PA announcer, organ music leading fight songs and bright red ticket booths all in a row are all nostalgia from old Yankee Stadium.
Perhaps it is best summed up as Gestalt, all of the parts equals the whole,which is the old Yankee Stadium, but each part is equally important including those ticket booths.