Happy Anniversary to Ed and Allison Lucas!
On March 10, 2006, the happy couple made history by becoming the very first (and only) couple to be married at home plate in historic Yankee Stadium.
Nobody had ever been allowed to be married on that hallowed ground. The Yankees had a strict prohibition on it. Lucky for Ed and Allison, “The Boss”, owner George Steinbrenner, considered them family.
Mr. Steinbrenner lifted the ban one time only.
He also went well beyond.
One week before the wedding, Yankee Stadium was covered in snow. An early March storm and frigid weather seemed like it might put a chill in the wedding plans.
Mr. Steinbrenner had his grounds crew clear the field and set the Stadum up for the wedding just like it was Opening Day.
Miraculously, on the day of the wedding itself, a Friday, the cold snap ended and the sun came out for a 70 degree afternoon (highly unusual for March.) Ed’s departed Yankee buddies like Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin and Casey Stengle must have put a good word in with The Man Upstairs (no, not George, a higher authority.)
The wedding was amazing. It was shown on live TV. The media members actually outnumbered the guests!
The reception was held in a private club at the Stadium, and The Boss had one more surprise in store.
As toasts were made, Mr. Steinbrenner – who had a prior engagement in Tampa and couldn’t make it to New York – sent a note saying that he’d paid for the entire wedding.
What an amazing guy, and an amazing day.
Congratulations Ed and Allison, wishing you many more years of blessings and joy together.