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.
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CELEBRATING 25 SEASONS
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 Tampa Spring Training History.
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.
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.
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.
Members of the Tampa City Commissioner’s office gather for a ceremonial ground breaking and reveal of the plans for the stadium.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the first time in Tampa Yankees history, Legends Field sells out for the appearance of Hideki Irabu.
Don Mattingly’s No. 23 added to Monument Park
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.
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.
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.
Historic first pitch: Whitey Ford throws out first pitch to Yogi Berra
George W. Bush Presidential Rally at Legends Field
George W. Bush returns to Legends Field for another rally in 2004.
General Franks first pitch
4-Star General, General Tommy Franks, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
Tampa Mayor, Pam Iorio First Pitch
Mayor Iorio throws out the first pitch to each home opener game during her term from 2003 - 2011
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.
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
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.
Dellin Betances Tampa Yankees
21-year-old Dellin Betances debuts in the ‘09 season with the Tampa Yankees.
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.
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.
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.
First inaugural Steinbrenner Fall High School Classic
Local high school baseball teams participate in a tournament held at GMS Field.
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.
Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn first pitch
Mayor Buckhorn throw out the first pitch to each home opener game during his term from 2011 - 2019
Vice President Joe Biden visits GMS Field
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.
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.
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.
Mariano Rivera’s No. 42 added to Monument Park
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.
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.
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.
Joe Torre’s No. 6 added to Monument Park
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.
Jorge Posada’s No. 20, Andy Pettitte’s No. 46, & Bernie Williams’ No. 51 added to Monument Park
$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.
GMS Field wins Best Ballpark Renovations
“…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.”
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.
Derek Jeter’s No. 2 added to Monument Park
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.