It took Nelson Mandela to do what the woeful New York Yankees haven't been able to this year - fill Yankee Stadium.
The last of 52,000 seats for Thursday night's rally featuring the South African black nationalist leader sold out several hours before the event's 7 p.m. start, mayoral spokesman Stanley Davis said.Mayor David Dinkins' personal appeals on Wednesday for ticket sales seemed to work; 10,000 tickets went in the last 24 hours.
The most expensive seats went for $500. The cheapest were $5. Organizers said they raised $250,000 for the African National Congress.
Crowds have been sparse this season in the House that Ruth built. The Yankees have the worst record in baseball.