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Monument Park is a celebration of great New York Yankees players, located in the left field of New Yankee Stadium. Monument Park features three different sections. There is the wall of retired numbers, the wall of plaques and the monuments themselves. It was in the original Yankee Stadium and moved to the new ballpark in time for its opening in 2009.

[edit] The Retired Numbers

As you first enter the area there is a large blue wall with each retired number written on it. The numbers are written on the wall in the order they were retired. The Yankees have retired 18 numbers. After Major League Baseball universally retired Jackie Robinson's number 42, there was no designation for this in Monument Park, due to the fact Mariano Rivera still wore the number through the grandfather clause until his retirement in 2013. On September 22, 2013 the Yankees held Mariano Rivera Day and retired the number for Rivera while unveiling a bronzed 42 for Robinson in Monument Park.

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[edit] The Monuments

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There are currently six monuments in the park. The monuments are dedicated to Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Miller Huggins, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and the victims of the September 11th attacks on New York City. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Miller Huggins' monuments were originally located in play in centerfield.

[edit] The Plaques

The last section of Monument Park is the wall filled with plaques dedicated to Yankee greats. There are currently 24 plaques in Monument Park. The plaques are dedicated to players, managers, owners, announcers and even two Popes who performed a mass at Yankee Stadium and South African President Nelson Mandela, in whose presence a large celebration was held at the ballpark soon after he was freed from jail.

The plaques have been dedicated to the following people: Mel Allen, Ed Barrow, Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Whitey Ford, Lefty Gomez, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry, Elston Howard, Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, Tino Martinez, Roger Maris, Don Mattingly, Joe McCarthy, Thurman Munson,Paul O'Neill, Allie Reynolds, Phil Rizzuto, Jacob Ruppert, Red Ruffing, Bob Sheppard, George Steinbrenner, Casey Stengel, Joe Torre, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela. Bernie Williams will receive a plaque in 2015. There is also a plaque honoring Jackie Robinson and the retirement of his number 42.

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