The Bronx Bombers once considered building a stadium in the constantly buzzing Times Square area, according to a bombshell 1915 letter that’s now up for auction.
The letter, scribed by then team co-owner Colonel Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston, requests a meeting with former American League President Ban Johnson to talk about plans for a 42nd Street stadium.
At the time, Yankees owners hoped that such a prime location would boost struggling ticket sales and draw bigger crowds, reports The New York Post.
“We think our team has been very lucky to keep in the first division and we are painfully aware of the fact it must be radically strengthened, and are greatly exercised over the small headway we have been able to make,” Huston wrote.
The Yanks’ dismal situation started looking up when the team acquired Babe Ruth in 1919. And, of course, New Yorkers know the rest of the story.
The letter will be auctioned off by Gotta Have Rock and Roll auctioneers. It’s expected to fetch $4,500.