Yankee Stadium is mentioned in the notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive as a place where William F. Buckley threatened to buy a block of seats (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 29).


Yankee Stadium (1923-2010) was located in The Bronx, New York City, and was the home baseball park of the New York Yankees.

As much as baseball is compared to a religion in the United States, it’s no surprise that the ballpark was chosen to serve as a cathedral for the 90,000 that took part in Paul VI’s Mass on October 4, 1965.  Cardinal Francis Spellman (1957), Pope Paul VI (1965), Pope John Paul II (1969 as a cardinal, 1979 as pope) and Pope Benedict XVI (2008) all celebrated Mass at the ballpark[1], an event known as “the sermon on the mound,” coined from the papal altar being in close proximity to the spot where the pitcher throws the ball.


  1. Wikipedia: Yankee Stadium (1923)