Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yankees to face Army at West Pt. Mar. 30, first Yankee-Army marchup featured Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

1/17/13, "Army to host Yankees in exhibition game at West Point," dailyfreeman.com

"The New York Yankees will play an exhibition game against Army on March 30 at West Point’s Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field as they head north from spring training in Florida.

The game is scheduled for 2 p.m., with ticket information available in late February at www.goarmysports.com.

“It’s a tremendous honor for our organization to play at West Point, which is one of our country’s most historically significant institutions,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement.  “The Yankees have always held the nation’s servicemen and servicewomen in the highest regard.

“Playing in this game is our way of showing appreciation for their valor and the sacrifices made by all members of the United States armed forces.”

It will be the second preseason game outside of Florida for the Yankees this spring.

The other will be a March 29 contest against the Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

This isn’t the first visit to the U.S. Military Academy for the Yankees.

The Yankees have faced Army 21 times at West Point from 1927-76. The first of those games, featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, was called after one and a half innings because of rain.

In 1982, principal owner George Steinbrenner held two days of workouts indoors at West Point when conditions were too snowy for outdoor workouts at Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium has been the site for many Army football games through the years, most recently a 27-12 loss to Rutgers on Nov. 12, 2011 at the new Stadium. 

The first Army game at the new Yankee Stadium was a 27-3 loss to Notre Dame on Nov. 20, 2010 in the 50th meeting between the two schools.

That game was the first Black Knights game at a home stadium of the Yankees since 1987. Army is scheduled to play Boston College at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 8, 2014.

Army played 38 times at old Yankee Stadium, going 14-19-5 against all opponents with wins over the Irish in 1944 and 1945 when the Cadets won the first two of their three consecutive national championships."...

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