The digitized newspapers of the New York Times and Chicago Tribune don't lie. Ebbets Field (home of the Brooklyn Dodgers) had the phrase first. And Yankee Stadium was next!
19 May 1922, New York Times, pg. 21:
It was only the second victory for the Brooklyn players since leaving the friendly confines of Ebbets Field some ten days ago.
3 July 1922, New York Times, pg. 13:
Following an extended visit to Boston, the Robins returned to the friendly confines of Ebbets Field yesterday.
27 July 1934, New York Times, pg. 11:
But they are again on top, headed back to the friendly confines of the stadium in the Bronx, and this is something.
8 May 1935, Los Angeles Times, pg. A13:
Buoyed up by home cooking and the will to win, Mr. J. Lelivelt's Angels celebrated their return to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field yesterday by nosing out the second-place San Francisco Seals, 4-3.
14 November 1955, Chicago Daily Tribune, pg. 1
Chicago's barly Bears flexed their muscles in the friendly confines of Wrigley field again yesterday,
21 May 1967, Los Angeles Times, pg. C4:
Banks' stock greeting to visitors here is, "welcome to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field."
2 February 1969, New York Times, pg. 52:
"Ah. The friendly confines of beautiful, ivy-covered Wrigley Field where you play ball under the world's best lights, the solar system."
(Spoken by Ernie Banks - ed.)
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