In our neck of the woods, there are few recreational ideas that stimulate more scout and parental interest than visiting the historic Yankee Stadium in the Bronx! Recently, Troop 353 sponsored a visit to the historic house that Babe Ruth built and invited local Cub Scout Pack 7 and all parents alike. The response was overwhelming, as our group quickly reached a maximum allowable number of participants at 60 strong! The timing for a stadium tour was good as the construction on the new 51,000 seat Yankee Stadium (next door) has begun and hopefully will be completed in time for the 2009 season.
There is an incredible amount of history at Yankee Stadium, which opened its doors on 4-18-23 with a 4-1 win over the Red Sox before a crowd of over 74,000! Babe Ruth, acquired from the Red Sox three years earlier, hit the first home run in the Stadium that day. With 26 World Series titles, more than any other professional sports team anywhere, the Stadium is a virtual mini-Hall of Fame that any baseball fan could appreciate.
The tour included a stop in the massive Press Box, a visit to historic Monument Park, and ended with a lengthy stay in the dugout. All along the way, our tour guide offered a non-stop dialogue of interesting facts and recounting of historic moments. The grass in the baseball field looked like a golf course! And when sitting in the dugout, it was very easy to imagine what it would be like during a real professional game. Many a face were either in awe or in a daydream mode! For more information on Yankee Stadium and the rich history of the Pinstripes, go to http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/ballpark/index.jsp
Unquestionably, this was the troop’s most popular event of the scouting year and one that reinforced some special father-son bonding in a special way. For more great photographs, click here.