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Tom Jones' Two Cents

Babe Ruth bows to the fans as his No. 3 is retired permanently.

Associated Press (1948)

Babe Ruth bows to the fans as his No. 3 is retired permanently.

Tonight, Yankee Stadium will host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. It could very well be the last great moment in the legendary history of this legendary stadium. Plenty of events have been held at Yankee Stadium, from classic football games to championship boxing matches to masses held by the Pope. Today, however, is all about baseball. Normally, we do top 10 lists. But this joint is so special, we have to expand our list to 15. So here are the top 15 baseball moments in Yankee Stadium history.

April 19, 1923: The House That Ruth Built hosts its first game and, of course, Babe Ruth homers as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1 in front of 74,200.

Sept. 30, 1927: One of the greatest teams of all time is led by Ruth, who becomes the first player to hit 60 homers in a season. In fact, he would be the only player to hit 60 for the next 34 years.

July 4, 1939: Lou Gehrig delivers his "luckiest man on the face of the earth'' speech as he retires from baseball. For our money, the greatest moment in the history of the Stadium.

June 13, 1948: Babe Ruth, his throat ravaged by cancer, thanks the crowd while wearing his uniform for the last time. A little more than two months later, Ruth dies at age 53.

Oct. 8, 1956: Pitcher Don Larsen throws the only perfect game in World Series history, beating the Dodgers 2-0.

Oct. 1, 1961: Roger Maris smacks his 61st homer to break Ruth's record for a season. But baseball records show that he did it in a 162-game schedule while Ruth did his in 154 games.

Oct. 14, 1976: Chris Chambliss leads off the bottom of the ninth with a homer to beat the Royals in the fifth and deciding game of the American League Championship Series and send the Yankees to their first World Series since 1964.

Oct. 18, 1977: Reggie. Reggie. Reggie. The controversial Reggie Jackson blasts three homers off three Dodgers pitchers in Game 6 of the World Series to give the Yankees the world title.

Aug. 6, 1979: On the day that catcher Thurman Munson was buried after dying in a plane crash, Bobby Murcer, who just passed away Saturday, drives in all five runs to lead the Yankees past the Orioles 5-4.

July 4, 1983: On the 44th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's speech, Dave Righetti throws a no-hitter in a 4-0 victory against the Red Sox. It's the Yankees' first no-hitter since Don Larsen's perfect game in 1956 and the first by a Yankees lefty since George Mogridge in 1917.

July 24, 1983: The Pine Tar Game. Kansas City's George Brett has a go-ahead homer wiped out because he has too much pine tar on his bat. The Royals win an appeal and return a month later to cap a victory.

Oct. 9, 1996: The Yankees win a key playoff game against Baltimore partly due to a tying HR off the bat of Derek Jeter in the eighth inning. Replays show that 12-year-old New Jersey boy Jeffrey Maier reaches over the fence to catch the liner, but the homer is upheld and the Yankees win in extra innings.

May 17, 1998: David "Boomer'' Wells tosses a perfect game in a 4-0 victory against the Twins.

July 18, 1999: David Cone pitches a perfect game for the Yankees. Coincidentally, he does it on a day when Don Larsen and Yogi Berra — the battery from the 1956 World Series perfect game — throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Oct. 16, 2003: The Yankees beat the rival Red Sox and go to the World Series when Aaron Boone leads off the bottom of the 11th in Game 7 of the ALCS by parking a Tim Wakefield knuckleball into the leftfield stands.

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