"Babe Ruth went one step above that and he promised Johnny Sylvester he was going to hit a home run," Morante said. "He actually hit three."
That was before Morante's time, but many of the photos bring thoughts about his own experiences. A shot of Elston Howard, the Yankees' first African-American player in 1955, prompted Morante to call the catcher "one of the greatest guys I got to know on the team through the years" and a "great catcher" -- so good that the Yankees eventually moved Hall of Famer Yogi Berra to the outfield.
A sequence of three side-by-side photos displaying the delivery of left-hander Ron Guidry or "Gator" takes Morante back to the season tickets he held back in 1978, located near the dugout. Guidry went 25-3 that year, and on June 17, he was going for his 11th straight win when he struck out 18 Angels.
It sticks in Morante's mind, partly because it was the day Yankees fans began a "two strike" chant. Every time Guidry got that far in the count, the crowd would chant to urge him on.
Guidry also is one of the numerous Yankees legends immortalized at Monument Park, another stop on the tour and a feature Morante calls, "the most exclusive part of not only Yankee Stadium but any sports arena."
This special area contains plaques honoring Yankees greats, as well as monuments for its most distinguished stars, who received, "the ultimate expression of appreciation."
The tour ends with Morante standing in the seats down the right-field line, his back to the field that holds so much history, despite its young age. He brings up a passage from the preface of Donald Honig's book, "The New York Yankees: An Illustrated History."
"Year by year and player by player, the Yankees have risen to heights of supremacy unmatched by any other team in our national pastime," Morante recites, "and they had the good dramatic sense to perform their rituals in the world's most majestic stadium and the most conspicuous city, right here in the Bronx, New York."