Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park is Stocked With 500 Home Run Club Heroes Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Monday, 31 December 2007

Not to be outdone by the honors bestowed on Reggie Jackson in Anaheim, CA, the Yankees dedicated a plaque in his honor on July 6, 2002, which now hangs in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.

The plaque calls him "One of the most colorful and exciting players of his era" and "a prolific hitter who thrived in pressure situations." Each Yankee so honored and still living was on hand for the dedication: Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Don Mattingly. Ron Guidry, a teammate of Jackson's for all five of his seasons with the Yankees, was there, and would be honored with a Monument Park plaque the next season. Out of respect to some of the players who Jackson admired while growing up, Jackson invited Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks to attend the ceremony, and each did so. Like Jackson, each was a member of the Hall of Fame and had hit over 500 career home runs. Each had also played in the Negro Leagues.

Mickey Mantle Honored in NYC and Oklahoma Hometown

While no visit to Monument Park at Yankee’s Stadium would be complete without a stop to have your picture taken by Mickey Mantle’s monument, The Mick (536 career homers) is also a the most popular honoree at Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Double AA Oklahoma Redhawks.  Dedicated in 1998, the popular tourist attraction is located on South Mickey Mantle Drive. The statue, located in front of Mickey Mantle Drive, features the switch hitter in a left-handed, stance.

“Mr. October” Gets His Wings in the City of Angels

While New York fans would rather fight than concede that “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson (563 career homers) was anything other than a Yankee, through and through; west coast baseball pundits are quick to point out that “We had him first.”

Indeed Jackson won three consecutive World Series titles as a member of the Oakland A's in the early 1970s, was named American League MVP and World Series MVP in 1973, and left an indelible impression on the organization.  

So it was with great fondness and admiration that the Angels honored Jackson as one of the Angel icons with handprint imbedded into the “field” alongside Rod Carew and Don Sutton.  The main entrance to the facility (Renamed Angels Stadium of Anaheim in December of 2003) is a brick pavement is designed and colored in the shape of a baseball diamond complete with home plate, bases, foul lines, outfield with warning track, and even a raised pitcher's mound.

 





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