19 Sep 2008

Last baseball match at the House that Babe built

6:52 pm on 19 September 2008

The New York Yankees will end their 85-year residence in the House that Ruth built on Monday when Yankee Stadium hosts its last baseball game.

While the Yankees have been the primary occupants of the fabled stadium in the New York borough of the Bronx, football players, prize fighters and Popes have added to its aura.

Baseball icon Babe Ruth inaugurated the stadium, belting a three-run homer in the first game ever played there in 1923.

Black boxer Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling there in 1938 at Yankee Stadium in a blow against Nazi superiority.

Iconic heavyweight Muhammad Ali won the last title fight at the venue in 1976 - a unanimous decision over Ken Norton.

In 1965, Pope Paul VI, the first Pontiff to visit the United States, celebrated Mass there and Nelson Mandela was honoured at a rally at there in 1990.