Yanks hoping to close Stadium with 'W'

Yanks hoping to close Stadium with 'W'

Yankee Stadium will soon be a memory, with the final game being played on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. Next year, the team in pinstripes will move to a shiny new Cathedral just a short walk away.

The Yankees will once again make history Sunday, but inquiring minds want to know: Will they leave the big ballyard with a win or a loss?

Will the game go 15 innings like the final All-Star Game and really extend the drama?

And who will hit the last home run?

The trend of the last 18 Major League ballpark closings seems to work against the Bronx Bombers, with only four of the home teams prevailing in their final game before moving or permanently losing stadiums.

They'll also be trying to break a nine-game losing streak for the home team. The last club to win in its stadium swan song was the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 27, 1999. Robert Fick hit the last homer in Tiger Stadium history, and the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 8-2.

Since then, it's been tough for the home team, but, in what might be a boon for the Yanks, all nine of the teams in their last stadium spin were National League clubs.

If the Yankees do manage to put their final Stadium game in the "W" column, the fans will go home happy for a night, possibly delaying the sadness of missing the playoffs and the nostalgia blues of losing a stadium until the next morning -- or at least a few subway stops.

Ballpark finales
Of the last 18 ballparks to close their doors, the home team won the final game in just four of those farewells.
Final Game
Final home run
Blue JaysExhibition StadiumMay 28, 1989CWSW, 7-5George Bell
White SoxComiskey ParkSeptember 30, 1990SEAW, 2-1Alvin Davis
OriolesMemorial StadiumOctober 6, 1991DETL, 7-1Chito Martinez
RangersArlington StadiumOctober 3, 1993KCL, 4-1Gary Gaetti
IndiansCleveland Municipal StadiumOctober 3, 1993CWSL, 4-0Albert Belle
RockiesMile High StadiumAugust 7, 1994LADL, 6-2Eric Karros
BravesFulton County StadiumOctober 24, 1996NYYL, 1-0Jim Leyritz
MarinersKingdomeJune 27, 1999TEXW, 5-2Rusty Greer
TigersTiger StadiumSeptember 27, 1999KCW, 8-2Robert Fick
GiantsCandlestick/3Com/Monster ParkSeptember 30, 1999LADL, 9-4Raul Mondesi
AstrosAstrodomeOctober 9, 1999ATLL, 7-5Ken Caminiti
BrewersCounty StadiumSeptember 28, 2000CINL, 8-1Sean Casey
PiratesThree Rivers StadiumOctober 1, 2000CHCL, 10-9John Wehner
RedsRiverfront Stadium/Cincergy FieldSeptember 22, 2002PHIL, 4-3Aaron Boone
PadresJack Murphy/Qualcomm StadiumSeptember 28, 2003COLL, 10-8Mark Loretta
PhilliesVeterans StadiumSeptember 28, 2003ATLL, 5-2Jim Thome
ExposOlympic StadiumSeptember 29, 2004FLAL, 9-1Miguel Cabrera
CardinalsBusch StadiumOctober 19, 2005HOUL, 5-1Jason Lane

Doug Miller is Senior Writer for MLB.com/Entertainment. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.