April 15, 1976
“Yankee Stadium, a $100 million home, opened for the second time on April 15 and 52,613 rushed through its doors.” -Phil Pepe, TSN 5/1/76
Yankee legends Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra were among those in attendance for the reopening of Yankee Stadium. After a “tasteful” ceremony, the Yankees christened the new digs with a bludgeoning of the Twins. The game was actually close until Billy Martin’s Yankees put six runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning. The final score was 11-4.
Interestingly, however, the “Bronx Bombers” won the first game in the remodeled stadium without the use of the long ball. The only home run of the game came in the first inning when, with a man on and no outs, Dan Ford hit a shot that put the Twins ahead 2-0.
The first home run by the Yankees did not come until the first inning of game two at the Stadium, two days later, when Thurman Munson hit a first inning solo-shot off of Jim Hughes.