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This Spring, the New York Yankees will be celebrating their 25th Anniversary Season in Tampa, presented by Spectrum. For nearly a quarter-century, some of baseball’s biggest stars have trained at George M. Steinbrenner Field and called Tampa their second home. Tampa has played an essential role in the growth and success of the organization, so we are honored by the opportunity to thank our loyal fans and the local businesses that have supported us along the way.

 

Our “Silver Season Celebration” is sure to bring excitement to the city and set the course for a World Series Championship campaign.

Scroll to see 25 years of the New York Yankees history in Tampa Bay or click here to see NEW events this Spring

Enjoy!

CELEBRATING 25 SEASONS

1919

Babe Ruth's Longest Homerun

On what is now known as John Sykes College of Business, Babe Ruth hits a 587 ft. home run at Plant Field during a Red Sox vs the New York Giants.

 

LINK to current video released from Fox 13.

 

LINK to Tampa Spring Training History.

1989

1st Annual Holiday Concert

Each year the Steinbrenner Family and the New York Yankees host the Children’s Holiday Concert.  This event consists of three free concerts in the Tampa Bay area entertaining over 5,000 children from third to fifth grade.

1994

The Fort Lauderdale Yankees relocate to Tampa and are renamed the Tampa Yankees

The Tampa Yankees play two seasons at Red McEwen Field on the University of South Florida’s campus while Legends Field is under construction and win the 1994 championship. After moving to Legends Field in 1996, the Tampa Yankees win four league championships –2001, 2004, 2009 and 2010.

1994

Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera join Tampa Yankees

Derek Jeter spends part of his 1994 season with the Tampa Yankees and two other affiliates combining to hit .344 with five home runs, 68 RBIs and 50 stolen bases. He is named the MVP of the Florida State League.

Mariano Rivera starts his 1994 season with the Tampa Yankees and then moves to two other affiliates, finishing his season with a 10–2 record and a 3.09 ERA overall.

1994

Groundbreaking for

Legends Field

Members of the Tampa City Commissioner’s office gather for a ceremonial ground breaking and reveal of the plans for the stadium.

1996

Inaugural Season at Legends Field

March 1, 1996 brings the first official Spring Training game to Legends Field. Phil Rizzuto throws the honorary first pitch followed by David Cone as the starting pitcher. Bob Wickman, relief pitcher for the Yankees from 1992-1996, records the first win in Legends Field history as the Yankees defeat the Cleveland Indians, 5-2.  Bob Shepard announces the game.

1996

Monument Park

Legends Field pays tribute to the retired numbers in Yankees History by placing plaques in the main plaza.

 

The following are players and their numbers who retired prior to 1996: Billy Martin No. 1, Babe Ruth No. 3, Lou Gehrig No. 4, Joe DiMaggio No. 5, Mickey Mantle No. 7, Yogi Berra No. 8, Bill Dickey No. 8, Roger Maris No. 9, Phil Rizzuto No. 10, Thurman Munson No. 15, Whitey Ford No. 16, Elston Howard No. 32, Casey Stengel No. 37, Reggie Jackson No. 44, Ron Guidry No. 49

1996

The Core Four takes the field

The Core Four takes the field at Legends Field for the first time, setting the stage for the legacy for years to come.

1996

YMCA

One of the most unique and treasured aspects of the New York Yankees began in the 7th inning at Legends Field and has been a part of the game ever since.

1996

Joe DiMaggio First Pitch

On March 5, 1996 Joe DiMaggio throws out the first pitch at Legends Field.  This date was picked specifically due to the significance of the number 5 to DiMaggio.

1996

1st Boys & Girls Club Luncheon

Each year the New York Yankees and Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay gather for the Boys & Girls Club Luncheon. George Steinbrenner always said “the children are our countries future and we need to be there for them” – With the longstanding support of the Steinbrenner family, in 24 years the Yankees Luncheon has raised more than $5.9 million for the local clubs with a total of more than 15,000 attendees.

1996

USA vs. Australian Olympic Baseball

Prior to the 1996 summer games, The United States and Australian Baseball Teams play an exhibition game at Legends Field.  

1996

Summer Concert Series

The first ever concert series at George M. Steinbrenner Field showcases Rod Stewart, The Moody Blues with the Florida FL Orchestra, Chicago, Natalie Merchant and Sting.

1997

The Yankees return to GMS Field as 23 Time World Series Champions

On October 26, 1996, the New York Yankees win their 23rd World Series Championship beating the Atlanta Braves 4 games to 2.

1997

First Men's Fantasy Camp

Perfect timing!  The New York Yankees Fantasy Camp begins after the Yankees win the 1996 World Series Title. Beloved Yankees such as Mickey Rivers and Catfish Hunter were coaches to the participants. All proceeds from the Yankees Fantasy Camp benefit the Yankees Tampa Foundation.

1997

Legends Field Hosts the Florida High School Athletic Association State Baseball tournaments

The semifinal and final games are held at Legends Field for the top teams in the state.

1997

Hideki Irabu

For the first time in Tampa Yankees history, Legends Field sells out for the appearance of Hideki Irabu.

1997

Don Mattingly’s No. 23 added to Monument Park

1999

The Yankees return to GMS Field as 24-Time World Series Champions

On October 21, 1998, the New York Yankees win their 24th World Series Championship sweeping the San Diego Padres.

2000

The Yankees return to GMS Field as 25-Time World Series Champions

On October 27, 1999, the New York Yankees win their 25th World Series Championship sweeping the Atlanta Braves.

2001

The Yankees return to GMS Field as 26-Time World Series Champions

On October 26, 2000, the New York Yankees win the World Series Championship for the third consecutive year in a Subway Series beating the New York Mets 4 games to 1.

2001

Historic first pitch: Whitey Ford throws out first pitch to Yogi Berra

2001

George W. Bush Presidential Rally at Legends Field

George W. Bush returns to Legends Field for another rally in 2004.

2002

General Franks first pitch

4-Star General, General Tommy Franks, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.

2003

Tampa Mayor, Pam Iorio First Pitch

Mayor Iorio throws out the first pitch to each home opener game during her term from 2003 - 2011

2006

Brett Gardner Tampa Yankees

23-year-old Brett Gardner debuts with the Tampa Yankees. He finishes as a 2006 Florida State League All-Star, batting .323 with 22 RBI.

2007

Roger Clemens rehabs with Tampa Yankees

Roger Clemens makes a rehab appearance with the Tampa Yankees one Friday night in May, ultimately selling out the stadium for the first time in TY history.

2008

Legends Field becomes George M. Steinbrenner Field

"Speaking on behalf of the entire family, we couldn't be more pleased about the fact that Legends Field will now become George M. Steinbrenner Field. We have been residents of Tampa for over 30 years, and we feel this is a terrific way to honor our father's longstanding philanthropic commitment to Tampa. Our father has always made clear how much he values Tampa's role in playing host to the New York Yankees' spring-training and the Tampa Yankees. The outpouring of community support for this name change has been wonderful to watch, and we're very grateful for the acknowledgement of his achievements and contributions it represents." –Hank and Hal Steinbrenner

2008

Barack Obama Presidential Rally at George M. Steinbrenner Field

2009

World Trade Tower memorial installed

“We remember the courageous firefighters, police officers, emergency personnel and the men and women of our American Armed Services who unselfishly gave their lives, while aiding their fellow man on September 11, 2001.  These valiant souls, exemplify the true character of this great nation.  Their unity and resilience during this time of distress defined American heroism for future generations.”

Materials and labor are donated by the Gene O’Kane Division, Retired Firefighters of New York City, Palm Harbor, Gerdau Ameristeel Rustic Steel Creations, and The New York Yankees Foundation.

2009

Steinbrenner High School opens 

On August 25, 2009 the doors to Steinbrenner High School open, named in honor of George Steinbrenner. The public school, located in Lutz, Florida welcomes 1,600 students.

2009

George Steinbrenner - Florida State League Hall of Fame Induction

Class of 2009: Steinbrenner is inducted as Owner of the New York Yankees and the Tampa Yankees.

2010

The New York Yankees return to GMS Field as 27-Time World Series Champions

On November 4, 2009, the New York Yankees win the World Series Championship beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2.

2010

Tampa Bay Rowdies Inaugural Season at GMS Field

The FCTB Rowdies, part of the North American Soccer League, play their inaugural season at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

2010

First inaugural Steinbrenner Fall High School Classic

Local high school baseball teams participate in a tournament held at GMS Field.

2011

First ever Women’s Fantasy Camp

With the inaugural Women’s Fantasy Camp taking place at GMS Field, important Yankees women, Jenny Steinbrenner and Jean Afterman, welcome 75 women campers to partake in the camp. Tino Martinez, Mickey Rivers, Bucky Dent and other Yankees Great’s help create the first ever Women’s Fantasy Camp.

2011

Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn first pitch

Mayor Buckhorn throw out the first pitch to each home opener game during his term from 2011 - 2019

2011

Vice President Joe Biden visits GMS Field

2011

George M. Steinbrenner statue is installed

Six months after George Steinbrenner’s death, a 600-lb bronze, life-sized statue was installed at the entrance of GMS Field. The statue displays George Steinbrenner wearing the 2009 World Series Ring – the last of the championships won under his ownership. It is the same statue that is located in the lobby at Yankee Stadium.

2011

Derek Jeter - Florida State League Hall of Fame Induction

Class of 2011: Jeter is inducted to the FSL Hall of Fame for the 1994 Tampa Yankees.

2012

Gary Sanchez Tampa Yankees

20-year-old Gary Sanchez joins the Tampa Yankees in 2012 after a mid-season promotion. He is named the Yankees fourth best prospect by Baseball America. He finishes the 2013 season batting .254 with 13 home runs and 61 RBIs before being promoted to the Trenton Thunder.

2013

Mariano Rivera’s No. 42 added to Monument Park

2014

Current Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston At-bat at GMS Field

The Heisman Trophy-winning Jameis Winston represents the Florida State University baseball team as they take on the New York Yankees at GMS Field.

2014

Aaron Judge Tampa Yankees

After starting the 2014 season with the Charleston Riverdogs, 22-year-old Aaron Judge is promoted to the Tampa Yankees. Judge hits .283 with a .411 OBP (2nd in the league), eight home runs, and 33 RBIs in 66 games for Tampa. Judge is promoted and invited to Spring Training the following season.

2014

AFI, 30 Seconds to Mars & Linkin Park Concert

14,391 music fans gather at George M. Steinbrenner Field as AFI, Thirty Seconds to Mars and headliner Linkin Park perform for the first concert since the summer concert series in 1996.

2014

Joe Torre’s No. 6 added to Monument Park

2015

Luis Sojo - Florida State League Hall of Fame Induction

Class of 2015: Sojo is inducted as Manager of the 2006-09, 2001-13 Tampa Yankees.

2015

Jorge Posada’s No. 20, Andy Pettitte’s No. 46, & Bernie Williams’ No. 51 added to Monument Park

2017

$40 million dollar renovation & license extension agreement

George M. Steinbrenner Field undergoes a $40 million renovation. Supported by the Tampa Sports Authority and other Hillsborough County Councils, GMS Field welcomes a number of new areas such as: 2 new bi-level clubs, a 360 Walkway, outfield cabanas, loge suites and a new right-field team store.

 

Simultaneously, George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa Sports Authority and multiple other Hillsborough County Councils sign a 30-year agreement. The Yankees will be calling Tampa their Spring Training home through the year 2046.

2017

“…With upgraded concessions, a new entrance and expanded team store, the new George M. Steinbrenner Field stood out as providing a thoroughly modern, textbook ballpark experience both for spring Yankees fans and regular-season Tampa Tarpons (High A; Florida State League) fans.”

2017

Tim Tebow makes appearance at GMS Field

Former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner draws a large crowd to GMS Field when his new team, the St. Lucie Mets, faces the Tampa Yankees.

2017

Derek Jeter’s No. 2 added to Monument Park

2018

The Tampa Yankees pay homage to the original minor league team in Florida by rebranding to the Tampa Tarpons. The original 1955-1988 Cincinnati Reds affiliate Tampa Tarpons team included Paul O’Neill, Ken Griffey Sr. and manager Lou Piniella.

 

The Tampa Tarpons win Logomania with their new logo.

2020

25th Season Anniversary Season

The Yankees are celebrating the past, present, and future with the 25th Anniversary Spring Training Season in Tampa, FL. GMS Field is providing new, unique opportunities for loyal fans as well as local Tampanians to experience what GMS Field and the New York Yankees have to offer.

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YANKEES SPRINT TO SPRING 5K & FUN RUN

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