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New York Yankees: Bad for the Bronx, Bad for Baseball

By Illya Harrell On September - 22 - 2009

In the not so distant past the New York Yankees embodied everything good about baseball and America.  Slowly that faded.  Yankee lore officially died on August 19, 2006—ground breaking day of New Yankee Stadium.

This is a story about corporate greed, political cronyism, and arrogant negligence to the neighborhood where the ghosts of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, and Thurman Munson occasionally pitch tent and drink beers with ghost fans of those "Bronx Bombers".  

The new and the old Yankee Stadiums both stand in New York state's 16th Congressional District.  Outside of the beltway, it is more commonly known as the South Bronx.

New York's 16th Congressional District is 98 percent Hispanic and black.

According to the 2000 census, it is the most impoverished of the 435 districts in the country.  How can this be?  Aren't the Yankees the wealthiest team in baseball?

The year 2000 was a pivotal one for the older white men who wear expensive suits to the ballpark.  The team's owner, George Steinbrenner, hired Randy Levine as Yankees' president.

Levine's Bleacher Report - Sports & Society
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