Yankee Stadium

by coffee_black 16 Replies latest jw friends

  • coffee_black

    I didn't know this.... I was there...I was only 6 years old, but I remember it....

    All that sport consequence, and you know what Yankee Stadium's record crowd — 123,707 — will forever be? A 1958 convention of Jehovah's Witnesses.



  • changeling

    I was there in 63. I was 4 years old.

  • MeneMene

    I was there in 1958 - almost 10 yrs old.

    All I remember about NY is how dirty it seemed. Maybe that perception was just of a child stuck in 8 full days of torment.

    Wonder if that number included all the overflow crowd at Polo Grounds or just the ones in Yankee Stadium.

  • watson

    Those numbers are for Yankee stadium only. The combined numbers for 1958 were in the 250,000 area.

  • mustang

    I was there in '58, also. I believe the number was higher, but it included the Polo Grounds AND they counted the campgrounds that had an audio feed. So, the 123K # @ Yankee Stadium would sound right, just for the Stadium. WTS always used the total number.



    1958..Me too..Just a toddler..But..I remember.............Laughing Mutley...OUTLAW

  • Gram

    I was there in 58. I was 11. I remember taking the subway from our hotel. Coming back at night, scary, dark, late, with my grandmother. Someone threw a peach pit, at us? on the street? We were afraid and started running toward our hotel several blocks away. Did not go to the Polo Grounds, but stayed at the Stadium. I remember the long long line of portapots and drinking fountains.

  • garybuss

    I was there all 8 days. I was 14. The whole experience was unforgettable.

    This is a picture I took there. One of many.

  • uninformed

    My wife, Karen, was down on the field on some of those days. She was 13.

    If I remember, the attendance of Yankee Stadium and Polo Grounds was 263,000. Could remember wrong.


  • blondie

    *** jv chap. 17 p. 274 Conventions Proof of Our Brotherhood ***For their largest convention, in New York in 1958, it was necessary to use not only Yankee Stadium but also the nearby Polo Grounds as well as overflow areas outside the stadiums to accommodate the convention crowds. On the final day, when every seat was filled, special permission was granted to use even the playing field of Yankee Stadium, and what a thrilling sight it was as thousands streamed in, removed their shoes, and sat on the grass! The count showed 253,922 in attendance to hear the public discourse. A further evidence of Jehovah’s blessing on the ministry of his servants was seen when 7,136 at this convention symbolized their dedication by water immersion—well over twice the number that were baptized on the historic occasion of Pentecost 33 C.E., as reported in the Bible!—Acts 2:41.

  • Tyrone van leyen
    Tyrone van leyen

    Wow Gary, you must be clenching your chair with excitement, just thinking about it.

    I cracked one earlier this evening, about the conditons at those early assemblies, with the mud and rain etc. " Millions now living, will never Dry" You can have that one, if you like.

  • Undecided

    I was there. I was 22 years old and had been married for a year to a girl I had met there when I attended a few years before. She was from New Mexico the first time I met her. I really enjoyed going to those assemblies back then, well maybe some of them when I didn't work in some department, like cleaning. Her name was Jimmylene Pardue. Haven't heard from her in over thirty years, she divorced me back in 1973.

    Ken P.

  • Witness 007
    Witness 007

    I wonder how many of these went Apostate decades later....I know a few.

  • greenhornet

    Didn't make it in 1958, but I did attend conventions at Yankee Stadium in 1963, 1965 (not sure), 1969 and I think also in 1971 and 1973, the last year they held them there.
    I have a unique experience with Yankee Stadium. It was in 1971, I think. I stayed after the program to help with the overnight cleanup crew on the last day of the convention. We worked late, and were too tired to drive home, so sometime during the night I found a couple of clean towels, put them under my head and stretched out on a wooden bench and slept the night in Yankee Stadium. I'll bet there's not many people who can claim a similar experience.
    We had "night guard" duty. I slept on the out field as a dare. I bet I was the only one to do that!

    Seeker4 you are so right!!

  • d

    I remeber hearing a brother talk about being in Yankee Stadium.That was back in 1958, I say to myself How could somebody sit their for close to 12 hrs in a hot open stadium.I thought 3 day conventions were torture enough

  • St George of England
    St George of England

    My Dad was there in 1958. There is the photo still in the KH (as in many KH's I suppose) but I still cannot see him!

    He came back with audio tapes of the talks, Let Your Will Be Done book, Paradise book, special embossed souvenier NWT, news of sisters being on TMS and how close Armageddon really was!

    He's been dead over 20 years now.


  • Ding

    I had a friend who was at Yankee Stadium cicra 1950, fully expecting Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to emerge from the Yankee dugout.


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