Saturday, July 12, 2014

You Can Thank Yankee Stadium For Warning Tracks In MLB

In a little known fact the warning track that we see in all 30 Major League stadiums was not always present, not until the New York Yankees made it common place. Well Major League Baseball made it common place on this day in 1949 when the owners agreed to add warning tracks made of cinder for the 1950 season.

Yankee Stadium was the first stadium to have a warning track because they had an actual running truck, used in Yankee Stadium's track and field events, that helped fielders know how close they were to the fall. Players loved it, the players were safer so the crowds and the ownership loved it, and we all win.

So thank a Yankee today when your center fielder doesn't snow plow the wall and end his career prematurely.

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