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April 19, 1929
Newspaper clipping
April 19, 1929 Newspaper clipping

April 18, 1929 Yankees vs. Red Sox opening day Box
April 18, 1929 Yankees vs. Red Sox opening day Box Score
Uniform Numbers assigned
1- Early Combs
2- Mark Koenig
3- Babe Ruth
4- Lou Gehrig
5- Bob Meusel
6- Tony Lazzeri
7- Leo Durocher
8- Johnny Grabowski
14- George Pipgras
17- Fred Heimach


  1929 First Game Played at Yankee Stadium V.I.P. Ticket Stub - First Game Yankees Wear Uniform Numbers
 
1929 First Game Played at Yankee Stadium V.I.P. Ticket Stub 
  • CIRCA - 1929
  • PRINTING COMPANY -  M.B. Brown C0., N.Y.
  • SIZE - 3-3/8" x 1-1/4" (stub)
  • PRICE GUIDE - $1,500.00 - $2,000.00
    Very Good - Excellent condition (stub)
 
 
NOTES:
 
    This "First Game Played at Yankee Stadium" V.I.P. ticket stub is attributed to the Opening Day game played on April 18, 1929. The scheduled April 16 home opener was postponed because of rain. Home game No. 2, April 17, was also washed away. It was reported that the rain might end by game time but the field at the stadium was too soggy. The "V.I.P" ticket was issued by Jacob Ruppert, to showcase the New York Yankees to potential advertisers, businessmen or clients for season box seats. The ticket was issued as a formal invite, and was honored for the "first game played" at Yankee Stadium in 1929.

 The official Home Opener played on April 18, marks the first game the New York Yankees wore uniform numbers. In 1929 the Yankee and the Cleveland Indians became the first teams to wear uniform numbers on their back. The numbers were issued to players based on their position in the lineup. The starting players would be numbered 1-8, and the backup catcher number 9. The Yankees had two back up catchers, the 3rd, Bill Dickey was given number 10. Dickey won the starting catcher job, and the following year in 1930 Dickey was issued number 8, which was later retired by the Yankees in honor of Dickey, along with Yogi Berra. The pitchers were given numbers 11-19 excluding unlucky 13.

  Babe Ruth number 3, batted third and Lou Gehrig number 4, batted fourth. Both players hit home runs, historically attributing this game to the first Home Runs hit by both players debuting in a numbered uniform. Ruth hit career home run 471 in the 1929 Home Opener against the Boston Red Sox. Gehrig Hit career home run 112. Babe Ruth, a newlywed, hit his home run during his first at bat in the bottom of the first. Sort of a wedding gift for his bride of a day that was in attendance.

 The April 17, wedding of Babe Ruth and Claire Hodgson took place on what was supposed to be the 2nd attempt to open the 1929 baseball season at Yankee Stadium. However rain canceled that game as well. The pregame ceremonies for the opening day game that was finally played on April 18, included baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis who was on hand to present the New York Yankees with their World Championship wristwatches. Colonel Jacob Ruppert, and L.S. Barnard, President of the League, then led members of both teams to the flag pole where the American Flag, the American League, and World Championship banners were unfurled and the ball game was played.

The extremely rare V.I.P. tickets written in ornate script, closer resemble a wedding invite for two, than a ticket to a ball game. The rain check portion of the ticket Stub Reads: "Rain Check, to be detached by Gateman Good only for the first game played Yankee Stadium Season 1929, Jacob Ruppert. President"

 The ticket portion reads: "A formal invitation is extended by the , American League Base Ball Club, of New York, to M.................and lady, to witness the opening game of the American League Championship Season, at The Yankee Stadium, 161st Street and River Avenue, 3:30 P.M. Tuesday, April 16, 1929, Jacob Ruppert., President, Main entrance only 157th St. and Ruppert Place"

 It was stated in one Newspaper: "The numerals on the backs of the home players made the expected big hit. Everybody got the Yanks' number but Bill Carrigan." (Boston's manager) Another comment on the numbers..."Leo Durocher's number is 7. Here's luck kid! ....."The Red Sox haven't any player on the score card numbered 13!" said a fair young person in the mezzanine, with the air of having made a discovery. "They're all 13 on that club" declared her escort simply.
  

 
 
1929 First Game Played at Yankee Stadium V.I.P. Ticket Stub
1929 First Game Played at Yankee Stadium Ticket Stub back
Back of 1929 Opening Day V.I.P. Ticket stub.
April 17, 1929 Newspaper clipping of postpoment 1929 First Game Played at Yankee StadiumFull V.I.P. Ticket 
April 17, 1929 Newspaper clipping on postponements. 1929 First Game Played at Yankee Stadium
Full V.I.P. Ticket
 The full ticket pictured above was altered for an example. It was taken from a 1927 sample but the first two words were missing. "A Formal" was added before "invitation is extended" The addition is an assumption.
 Ruth's Bride see him hit First 1929 Home Run
Babe Ruth Get's Married before Opening Day Rainout Babe Ruth Hit's First Home Run wearing uniform number 3
Babe Ruth Get's Married before Opening Day Rainout Babe Ruth Hit's First Home Run
wearing uniform number 3

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