Work started in New York on Tuesday (October 2nd) on a multi-million dollar re-development scheme at the Yankee Stadium, the home of New York's Yankees baseball team.
Babe Ruth hits homerun (4 shots)
SV Babe Ruth signs contract.
GV and SV Crowds mob Babe Ruth and Gehrig (5 shots)
GV Exterior Yankee Stadium (Colour Starts)
CU Model of new stadium TILT UP GV Present Stadium.
SV Mayor Lindsay presents bases to widows of Ruth and Gehrig.
GV Grand Stand
MV Covers down and seats dismantled (2 shots)
LINDSAY: "Mrs. Ruth, thank you for your marvellous contribution. You've always been helpful and I'm sure you deserve this."
MRS. RUTH "Well thank you Mr. Mayor. I shall always treasure it and I also want to thank you for your hard work and your determination to make this possible. Babe loved the Yankee stadium. He always did pretty well here, didn't he?"
LINDSAY: "Sure did (Laughter). Mrs. Lou Gehrig, I have the honour and privilege to hand you his first base."
MRS. GEHRIG: Thank you, Mr. Mayor."
Initials APSM/1950 APSM/2010
THIS FILM INCLUDES A TRANSCRIPT OF SPEECHES MADE AT THE PRESENTATION TO THE TWO WIDOWS. ITS NEXT IS GIVEN BELOW.
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Background: Work started in New York on Tuesday (October 2nd) on a multi-million dollar re-development scheme at the Yankee Stadium, the home of New York's Yankees baseball team.
Mayor John Lindsay paid tribute to the Yankee giants, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, by presenting the Yankees' old home-base and first-base mate to their widows. Mrs. Clare Ruth received home base, and Mrs. Elceanor Gehrig first base.
Mayor Lindsay then manned a bulldozer and started the 27-million dollar (GBP 11,800,000 sterling) modernisation programme by digging up the turf on the ball park field.
The modernisation will involve removing some 100 steel pillars which block the view of spectators, installing new floodlights, and altering the slope of the playing field so that it dips slightly towards the centre. The renovations will mean a decrease of about 8000 in the seating capacity of the old stadium which held more than 64,600 spectators.
For the next two years, the Yankees will play at the Shea stadium.
The Yankee team was sold by the Colombia Broadcasting System in January to a group of investors headed by Mr. George Steinbrenner, for 10 million dollars, (GBP 4,000,000 sterling). Mr. Steinbrenner is the chairman of the American Ship Building Company.
The Yankees' most famous players were Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. Gehrig was known as the "Pride of the Yankees" for his batting feats, and Rugh became the most popular figure in American baseball. Ruth, a left-handed player, was sold to the Yankees for 125,000 dollars (GBP 50,000 sterling) and broke more than fifty records in his major league career. He played in ten world series -- three with Boston Red Sox, and seven with the Yankees. Ruth died in 1948 and joined the ranks of American giants in Baseballs Hall of Fame in New York.
SYNOPSIS: The old Yankee baseball stadium in New York, where Babe Ruth thrilled crowds in the twenties and thirties, is under-going a massive facelift. Ruth, who became the most popular figure in American baseball, was sold to the Yankees in nineteen-twenty for one - hundred-and-twenty-five-thousand dollars. A left-handed player, Ruth broke more than fifty records in his major league career. He died in nineteen-forth-eight, and joined the ranks of the American baseball giants.
Ruth was coming to prominence as another Yankee star, Lou Gehrig, was nearing the end of his batting career.
The Yankee stadium will be modernised at a cost of twenty-seven million dollars. Mayor John Lindsay presented the Yankees' old home-base and first-base to the widows of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
The redevelopment will involve major changes in the stadium structure, installing new floodlights, and sloping the playing field towards the centre. At the last game at the old stadium, spectators made off with thousands of chair as souvenirs. One box seat was presented to New York's City Museum.