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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 19 September 2008 13:36
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This coming Sunday will mark the final game at Yankee Stadium, thus marking an end to baseball’s greatest cathedral. On that day, the media will be swarming with stories about The House That Ruth Built, and ESPN and MLB.com are no exception.

Both outlets are going wall-to-wall with content over the course of the day. ESPN is showing the final game against the Orioles as their Sunday Night Baseball game, but every platform the Worldwide Leader has will be jammed with all things “Yankee Stadium” on Sunday.

So, setup the DVR and break out the laptop, here is a breakdown of what ESPN and MLB.com will be offering, as provided by their respective press releases.

ESPN's Coverage

ESPN will provide comprehensive, multiplatform coverage of the final game at Yankee Stadium – Baltimore at New York – Sunday, Sept. 21. In addition to the Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell telecast (8 p.m. ET), ESPN will offer more than seven hours of pre-game content, including pre-game ceremonies on ESPN2 (beginning at 7 p.m.) and post-game ceremonies on ESPNEWS.  ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN2, ESPN2 HD, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN.com, ESPN360.com, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS and ESPN International will contribute to the day-long tribute.

The game telecast will conclude ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball schedule, with the game also available in high definition on ESPN HD and via ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, ESPN International, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV.  ESPN’s telecast will be called by Jon Miller and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan with reporter Peter Gammons.  The telecast will begin with a special open with Yogi Berra providing his reflections on the history of Yankee Stadium, along with special guests scheduled to appear in the booth: Berra and Whitey Ford (together), Billy Crystal, and former Negro League Rookie of the Year (1940) Mahlon Duckett, among others.  The telecast will also showcase some of the most memorable Yankee Stadium moments.

Baseball Tonight host Karl Ravech, Hall of Famer Peter Gammons, analysts John Kruk, Steve Phillips and Buck Showalter and reporter Buster Olney will be on site, providing commentary throughout the day across various ESPN news and information programming.

ESPN’s Day-Long Yankee Stadium Coverage

SportsCenter Specials (1-3; 4-6 p.m.), Baseball Tonight (6 p.m.) and SportsCenterv(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.

Additional Multi-Platform Yankee Stadium Coverage

ESPN2

ESPN2 will televise Baseball Tonight beginning at 7 p.m., including live coverage of the pre-game ceremonies.

ESPN Radio

Joe D’Ambrosio will be on-site to present pre- and post-game reports and coverage of the pre-game ceremonies. Gary Thorne and Dave Campbell will describe the game.

ESPN Deportes

ESPN Deportes will televise a series of specials including Beisbol Esta Noche (Baseball Tonight) at 6 p.m., SportsCenter at 6:30 p.m. – both with live reports from Yankee Stadium – and Beisbol Esta Noche from 7:30-8:15 p.m. featuring live coverage of the pre-game ceremonies.  Ernesto Jerez will call the game on ESPN Deportes, with analyst Candy Maldonado and reporter Guillermo Celis.

ESPN International

ESPN International will distribute the game to 108 countries.

ESPN Classic

Beginning September 21 at 12 a.m. (Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. PT), ESPN Classic will televise 20 consecutive hours of programming featuring events which occurred at Yankee Stadium.

Time (ET) Event
  • 12-2 a.m. - 1976 ALCS, Game 5: Royals vs. Yankees – Chris Chambliss hits a walk-off home run to send the Yankees to the World Series
  • 2-4 a.m. - 1977 World Series, Game 6: Dodgers vs. Yankees – Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in the deciding game of the World Series
  • 4-5 a.m. - 1983 Red Sox vs. Yankees – Dave Righetti pitches Yankees’ first no-hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series
  • 5-6 a.m. - 1983 Royals vs. Yankees – the George Brett pine tar incident
  • 6-7 a.m. - 1993 Indians vs. Yankees – Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians
  • 7-9 a.m. - 1996 World Series, Game 6: Braves vs. Yankees – the Yankees win their first World Series title since 1978
  • 9-10 a.m. - 1998 Twins vs. Yankees – David Wells becomes the first Yankee to toss a perfect game during the regular season
  • 10-11 a.m. - 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 in baseball history
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - 2001 World Series, Game 5: Diamondbacks vs. Yankees – Scott Brosius hits a home run with two outs, in the bottom of the ninth inning, to tie the game.  The Yankees won 3-2 in 12 innings.
  • 1-2 p.m. - 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 to advance the Yankees to the World Series
  • 2-2:30 p.m. - 1939 Max Schmeling vs. Max Baer
  • 2:30-3 p.m. - 1936 & 1938 Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling I & II
  • 3-3:30 p.m. - Joe Louis’ Greatest Hits, Volume 1 including his KO of Arturo Godoy at Yankee Stadium
  • 3:30-4 p.m. - 1946 Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn II
  • 4-5 p.m. - Joe Louis’ Greatest Hits, Volume IV including his KO of Jersey Joe Walcott in 1947 at Yankee Stadium
  • 5-6 p.m. - 1950 Joe Louis vs. Ezzard Charles
  • 6-6:30 p.m. - 1954 Rocky Marciano vs. Ezzard Charles
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. - 1955 Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore
  • 7:30-8 p.m. - 1957 Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Carmen Basilio
ESPN.com will feature:
  • A recap of some of the top moments in Yankee Stadium history;
  • Blogs and live chats from Yankee Stadium;
  • An article by ESPN.com writer Wright Thompson looking back at Yankee Stadium moments;
  • An archive of the 30 Yankee Stadium vignettes.

MLB.com's Coverage

MLB.com will offer extensive multi-platform content as it chronicles the final game in the 85-year history of Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 21. The coverage will be highlighted with 18 consecutive hours of classic Yankee Stadium games and footage leading into the pre-game ceremonies, MLB.com’s exclusive The Manager’s View with Joe Girardi and live look-ins of the game.

Beginning at 12:00 a.m. (EDT) on Sunday, MLB.com will begin streaming many of Yankee Stadium’s most memorable games from its archives, including games featuring franchise greats such as Mickey Mantle, Mariano Rivera, Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter and dating back to 1952.

Fans can share their own memories of the ballpark with other fans through MLB.com’s Live Chat functionality and then own and download via iTunes the full-game video archive of the Yankee Stadium finale as well as all of the classic games aired throughout the day. The game will also be available through MLB.com’s Condensed Games, a 20-minute on-demand highlight product featuring every out, hit and run.

In addition, MLB.com senior correspondent Hal Bodley, who has been covering baseball since 1958, will share his unique perspective live from The House That Ruth Built, a venue he first visited for the 1950 World Series and first worked at eight seasons later for the 1958 Fall Classic.

MLB.com Programming Schedule for Sunday, September 21

  • 12:00 am: Classic games from Yankee Stadium – Relive all of the heart-stopping and emotionally-charged moments from ‘The Cathedral of Baseball.’                                              
  • 6:00 pm: Yankee Stadium Finale Pre-Game Show – Live reports from MLB.com’s New York studios and the ballpark will include special guests, exclusive features and pre-game ceremonies.
  • 8:15 pm: Live look-ins – MLB.com will offer live look-ins to the many historic moments from the Yankees and Orioles game, including the complete first and ninth innings and a post-game show.
Among the other content highlights are:
  • Short-form video montages of current and former players recalling their fondest memories
  • A compilation of more than 50 print stories chronicling the ballpark’s illustrious history and the day’s events
  • Live updates from the finale on MLBlogs.com
  • Real-time video alerts of the game’s key moments will be sent to all team alert subscribers
  • Historic and live photo galleries featuring the many greats who have come through the stadium as well as the distinctive events encompassing its finale.

Source: ESPN, MLB Advanced Media


Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer.

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