One of the ways that the Yankees keep their legacy alive is through the prominence they give to Monument Park. This area beyond the center field fence is a tribute park to all of the Yankee greats – marble stones to their honor most cherished players/managers, displays of their numerous retired numbers and plaques for members of the franchise’s Hall of Fame.
Whether you are a Yankees fan or not, you can’t help but be a bit in awe of just the baseball history that is enshrined in this space. Legends such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra are recognized here.
The marble markers in Monument Park once were literally placed in center field – creating unique obstacles for opposing players as they attempted to field a ball hit between them. In the 1970s renovation, the “park” judiciously moved behind the outfield wall and now is accessible to fans as part of their game day admission.
Many organizations initially award their leaders in public but fail to perpetuate their legacy to future generations. You can learn from the Yankees about how to hit it out of the park in the recognition department.