On This Date, Jehovah’s Witnesses Made Yankee Stadium History

Here’s some baseball-related trivia for you — on August 3, 1958, the largest one-day crowd in history filled Yankee Stadium. But they weren’t Yankees fans hoping to catch a glimpse of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, or Whitey Ford. They were Jehovah’s Witnesses attending their religion’s yearly Divine Will International Assembly. Here’s a vintage postcard commemorating the event.

Jehovah's Witnesses at Yankee Stadium, 1958

The 1958 convention was split between Yankee Stadium and the nearby Polo Grounds in Manhattan. The August 3 crowd at the House That Ruth Built numbered 123,707, a record that stood throughout the rest of the stadium’s history.

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