The New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have been an elite franchise in the MLB, starting in 1903 as the New York Highlanders then, in 1913, becoming the New York Yankees. The Yankees played their home games at the Polo Grounds until moving to Yankees Stadium in 1923, the stadium was built in the Bronx. This stadium holds some of baseball's greatest moments in baseball's history.

On January 3, 1920, the Yankees made a deal with the Boston Red Socks who had already won 5 World Series, acquiring Babe Ruth. Ruth was one of baseball's top stars. During his first year with the Yankees he would hit 54 homeruns, demolishing his old record of 24. After Ruth left the Red Socks, they would go 86 years without another World Series. This would go on to start a rivalry which is the most anticipated rivalry in baseball history.

The Yankees capitalized on their new acquirement coming only three games short of a division pennant, winning their first the next year. Although the Yankees finally won a pennant, they would later be defeated by the New York Giants. The Yankees and The Giants shared the same stadium, "The Polo Grounds".

The following season the Yankees received a new stadium, "Yankees Stadium", which seated over 70,000 fans. On April 18, 1923, the Yankees would play their first game at the new stadium playing none other than their rivals, The Boston Red Socks. The Yankees would win their first game in their new stadium with a 4-1 victory, including the stadiums first home run by Babe Ruth. The stadium would eventually be known as "The House that Ruth Built" due to the number of homeruns Ruth would hit. Ruth carried the team to another great season, winning their third straight divisional pennant and second straight trip to the World Series. The Yankees would face their cross-town rivals, The New York Giants, defeating those 4-2 and winning the franchise's first World Series.

The next two seasons weren't like the Yankees previous two, as in 1924, the Yankees would fall a couple games short of winning the division, and in the 1925 season, Ruth was out with injury and suspension bringing the team to a 69-85 record. In the 1926 season, Ruth was back and healthy leading The Yankees to their fourth pennant, and playing in the World Series again. The Yankees had a commanding 3-2 lead against the St. Louis Cardinals, going into the Bronx for game 6, but would be shut down in games 6 and 7 losing the Series.

In 1927, The Yankees were stacked with great pitching and power hitters. They had 4 players with over 100 RBI's and Babe Ruth would hit 60 homeruns, beating his old record of 54. Lou Gehrig, an oncoming star with the Yankees, would hit 173 RBI's and have a batting average of .373. The Yankees would go on to take the pennant and would rollover the Pittsburgh Pirates sweeping them in 4 games and winning the World Series.

The 1928 season wouldn't be as dominate as the previous, Ruth and Gehrig still had MVP seasons, each hitting 142 RBI's and Ruth hit 54 homeruns. The Yankees had a tough road to win the pennant as they had to sweep the Philadelphia Athletics in 3 games. The Yankees would go on to win the pennant and play in their second straight World Series. The Yankees played their 1926 World Series opponents, the St. Louis Cardinals, and swept them in 4 games winning the World Series.

The Yankees wouldn't see another World Series until the 1932 season. Gehrig and Ruth carried the team, and would meet the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. The Yankees would crush the Cubs in 4 games, but the highlight moment of the series was Ruth's called homerun. Ruth pointed the bat at the pitcher in game 3 and hit a homerun in the center field bleachers. This is shown almost every time The Yankees are mentioned in baseball's greatest moments.

In the 1934 season Babe Ruth hit his 700th homerun, he would end the season with 708. Ruth is 3rd on the all time homeruns list behind Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. After the 1934 season the Yankees released Ruth, he was picked up by the Boston Braves. Ruth finished his career with 714 homeruns. Ruth is still one of the most notable players in baseball history, and one of the greatest of all time. Without Ruth the following season the Yankees would fall short of a division pennant.

In the 1936 season, Lou Gehrig would have a breakout year, hitting a .354 average with 49 homeruns and 152 RBI's. This would lead the Yankees to a division pennant and a MVP for Gehrig. Also helping was rookie Joe DiMaggio who hit 29 homeruns. The Yankees would face the New York Giants in the World Series again, beating them 4-2 in the series, winning the franchises 5th World Series, tying the Boston Red socks for the most in history.

In the 1937 season the Yankees would win 102 games, winning their 2nd straight division pennant. The Yankees would reach the World Series again with the help of Gehrig and DiMaggio who both had MVP numbers. The Yankees would again face the New York Giants in the World Series. The Yankees took a quick 3 game lead, losing game 4, and winning game 5. This put the Yankees in the lead for World Series titles with 6.

In the 1938 season the Yankees would again take the division, this time winning 99 games. Lou Gehrig set a new record for playing 2,000 consecutive games. He didn't do as well at the plate hitting a low 29 homeruns and batting under .300. The Yankees would play the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, sweeping them in 4 games and winning their 3rd straight World Series title giving them 7 total.

At the start of the 1939 season Lou Gehrig was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, which there was no cure for, the disease is now known as the Lou Gehrig disease. Gehrig's consecutive games played streak was ended at 2,130. Gehrig was immediately put in the Hall of Fame and the Yankees retired the number 4, Gehrig's number, which was the first number ever retired in professional sports. The Yankees overcame the loss of Gehrig and went on to win their 4th straight World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

In the 1940 season the Yankees would fall short of the division pennant, but that wasn't the only negative outcome. The following year Gehrig finally was rested by his disease, he was almost 38. Gehrig is also one of the notable players in baseball history; Gehrig is famous for his "Luckiest Man in the World" speech, which is to this day one of the most inspiring speeches in professional sports history.

The Yankees wouldn't let the loss of Gehrig affect them for the rest of the season. They would go on to win the division with 101 games, and would receive a spot in the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yankees had a 3-1 lead in the series and won it in game 5.

In the 1942 season, the Yankees would win another division pennant. Joe DiMaggio led with the bat as they Yankees would win 103 games. The Yankees would face the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The Yankees would finally be defeated in the postseason, snapping a 8 World Series victories.

The Yankees would redeem themselves in the 1943 season taking the division pennant. The Yankees would once again reach the World Series, facing their opponent from the previous year, the St. Louis Cardinals. This time the Yankees would easily defeat the Cardinals beating them in 5 games.

The 1944 through 1946 seasons would be a disappointment for the Yankees. They would miss out on the division all three seasons; this was the longest streak in franchise history without reaching the postseason. This could be from the lack of players as most of them, including Joe DiMaggio were in the war.

In the 1947 season the players were finally back in pinstripes. The Yankees would also receive a new manager in Bucky Harris. With their players back, and a new manager, the Yankees would win the division, and would face the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. The Yankees won the first two games of the series, giving them the clear advantage, but the Dodgers kept the series alive until game 7 when the Yankees defeated them, giving them another World Series.

In the 1948 season the Yankees would finish third in the division and their manager Bucky Harris was replaced by Casey Stengel. Stengel hadn't had a good ball club, never even winning a division pennant, until he got the job with the Yanks. Stengel will go on to be one of the most notable managers in the franchise's history.

In Stengel's first season as the manager of the Yankees he would be 12 games out of the division. However the Yankees rallied to catch the Red Socks with a September sweep. The Yankees were two games out of the division needing both games against the Red Socks to take the pennant. The Yankees would win both games and take the pennant, facing the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. The Yankees spilt the first two games winning both by the score of 1-0. The Yankees would go on to win the next three games winning the World Series.

In the 1950 season, the Yankees returned to power as Joe DiMaggio had a great year. The Yankees would go on to win the pennant winning 98 games in the season. The Yankees would face a new opponent in the World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Yankees swept the Phillies never trailing in any game and winning another World Series.

Although not having a player having over 90 RBI's and losing star pitcher Whitey Ford, the Yankees still managed to win the division pennant. The Yankees would go on to face the New York Giants in the World Series. After the Yankees trailed 2-1 in the series, they won 3 straight games with the help of Joe DiMaggio, who was hitless in the first three games, and won their third straight World Series. Joe DiMaggio shocked the Yankees by retiring after the season, but the Yankees saw the up and coming rookie Mickey Mantle to be the next big star of the Yankees.

The Yankees won the division pennant again the following year, still not having a player hit for high numbers. The Yankees would face their rivals the Brooklyn Dodgers. In a close 7 game series, the Yankees would pull away in game 7, winning their 4th straight World Series.

In the 1953 season, pitcher Whitey Ford returned to the team after being in the service. They would go on to win their 5th straight pennant, and would face the Brooklyn Dodgers again in the World Series. In the first 4 games of the series, the Yankees and the Dodgers took two games each. The Yankees would take games 5 and 6 giving them their fifth straight World Series title, and their 16th overall.

The Yankees had won 103 games in the 1954 season, which was the most since Stengel had been managing the team. Even though the Yankees had a miraculous season they didn't win the division pennant. The Cleveland Indians won 111 games that season taking the pennant. This snapped the Yankees World Series win streak of 5.

Mickey Mantle finally made a name for himself in the 1955 season, leading the Yankees to a close division pennant. The Yankees would go on to face the Brooklyn Dodgers, who they've met multiple times in the World Series. The Yankees wouldn't have good luck in the series, they pushed the Dodgers to a game 7, but the Dodgers would win, and it would be their only World Series win as the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Mantel would again lead the Yankees to another great season in 1956; Mantel won the MVP and another pennant. The Yankees would again face the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series. The Yankees would get revenge on the Dodgers this time, winning their 17th World Series; no one knew that this rivalry between cross-town rivals would eventually become the Subway Series.

The 1957 the Yankees would once again with the Division pennant. The Yankees would go on to face the Milwaukee Braves in the World Series. The Yankees would be disappointed this time at the World Series, they took it to game 7 and then were defeated by the Milwaukee Braves, giving them their first championship.

The Yankees would cruise to another division pennant in the 1958 season winning 98 games. The Yankees would face their opponents from the previous year, the Milwaukee Braves. The Yankees were down 3-1 in the series, but bounced back, winning the next 3 games and giving them their 18th World Championship.

After a horrible season in 1959, the Yankees were ready to get back to championship status. The Yankees had a new star in Roger Maris who would play very well alongside of Mickey Mantle. The Yankees would win the division pennant in 1960, and would play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Yankees were shockingly defeated in the World Series on a walk off home run in game 7, the Yankees clearly had the series won, but couldn't keep from making crucial mistakes. The Yankees also fired Casey Stengel, because of his age, he was 70.

The 1961 Yankees were one of the best Yankee teams of the franchise's history. The Yankees were led by pitcher Whitey Ford, who won the CY Young Award and their power hitters, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Mantle and Maris would both have great seasons and both were in the hunt for breaking Babe Ruth's homerun title of 60. No one wanted to see Ruth's record to be broken, if anyone Mantle would be the person, but Mantle would be stopped short because of an allergic reaction. Maris would eventually break Ruth's record but not in the amount of games Ruth did it in. The Yankees would go on to win the division and cruise through the World Series, sweeping the Cincinnati Reds.

The Yankees would have another great year in 1962, having great pitching from Ralph Terry and another great season for Mickey Mantle. The Yankees would go on to take another division pennant, and would face the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. The World Series would be a back and forth battle, - with some of baseballs greats, such as Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Willie McCovey. The series would come down to a close and classic game 7, which the Yankees would win their 20th World Championship.

In the 1963 season, the Yankees still won the division pennant, winning 104 games. The Yankees were without Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris due to injury for most of the season. The Yankees would face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. The Yankees would be swept in the series, only scoring 4 runs in the 4 games played.

Former Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra, would take over the team in 1964. The Yankees would barely win the division pennant, even winning 99 games. The Yankees would go on to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The Yankees would lose a close series, losing game 7 of the World Series.

The Yankees would fall in a slump for the next 13 years. They were finishing 3rd and 4th in the division pennant, sometimes even 5th or 6th. The Yankees wouldn't even think about being a dominate force in the league until future hall of famer Reggie Jackson was signed in 1976 by famous general manager Roger Steinbrenner.

Reggie Jackson started his season with the Yankees in 1977. The Yankees were now managed by Billy Martin, who didn't like Jackson. One game Martin actually pulled his star player out of the game, causing an argument between the two. Eventually things would calm down and the Yankees would win the division, playing the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS, or American League Championship Series. The Yankees would defeat the Royals, moving on to play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. This is where Reggie Jackson came notorious and earned his name "Mr. October". The Yankees would be up 3-2 in the series going into game 6. Reggie Jackson would make history in this game, hitting three homeruns and giving the Yankees their first World Series title in 15 years.

The 1978 season would be a historic one itself. The Yankees lost players due to injury, watching the Red Socks pull away with the division. The Yankees made a spectacular run at the Red Socks being tied in the division the last game of the season, playing each other. The Yankees would defeat the Red Socks, giving them the division and facing the Kansas City Royals again in the ALCS. The Yankees would again defeat the Kansas City Royals and face their opponents in their previous opponents in the World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees would go on to defeat the Dodgers giving them their 2nd straight World Series title and their 22nd in franchise history.

The 1979 season wouldn't be like the previous one. The Yankees would win 89 games, but only finish 4th in the division. Billy Martin would be fired after having another temper tantrum, but would eventually be hired again a couple years later. It didn't matter who was managing the team, the Yankees would have any luck, and would go until the 1996 season until they would play in a World Series.

In the 1996 season, Joe Torre took over the managing position for the Yankees. The Yankees had great pitching and surrounding players as Rookie of the Year, Derek Jeter, Closer Mariano Rivera, and Center Fielder Bernie Williams would lead the team to a division pennant. The Yankees would go on to play the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, the American League Divisional Series. The ALDS was only a three game series, which the Yankees would win 2-1. The Yankees would play the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. The Yankees would win the series 4-1 and move on to their first World Series since 1978. The Yankees would play the Atlanta Braves in the World Series. The Yankees would lose a crucial 2 games at home, playing game 3 in Atlanta. The Yankees would win the next 4 games to win their 23 World Series in franchise history.

After a disappointing season in 1997, losing in the ALDS, the Yankees were ready to go in 1998. This Yankees team is one, if not the best of all-time. The Yankees didn't have a standout, but had players that did their job, and done it well. The Yankees would win 114 games, which was a new record in the American League. The Yankees would play and defeat the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, moving on to play the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS. The Yankees would start out slow, but would win the series, giving them a shot to win another World Series. The Yankees would play the San Diego Padres in the World Series. The Yanks would have no trouble in the series, sweeping the Padres and winning their 24th World Series in franchise history.

The next two seasons, would turn out to be like the 1998 season. The Yankees would have great season in both, winning 98 games in 99' and 87 in 2000'. The Yankees would win the World Series in both seasons, giving them 26 World Titles in the franchise's history. These victories put the Yankees as the greatest team of the century.

The Yankees would have a great season in 2001, as CY Young winner, Roger Clemens led the team to the division pennant. After 9/11, the city of New York would need something to help the pain and suffering that was endured, the Yanks could help with that. The Yankees would make it to the World Series, facing the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Yankees and the city of New York would be disappointed as the Yankees lost the series in game 7.

The Yankees would reach the World Series after the 2001 season, but wouldn't win one for a few years. Over the years, the Yankees would sign Hideki Matsui and Alex Rodriguez, two of the players who helped the Yankees in the 2009 season. Joe Torre would leave the team in 2008, the Yankees would hire former catcher, Joe Giradi to take over the managing position. The 2008 season would also be the last season for Yankees Stadium, as a new one would be used in 2009. The Old Yankees Stadium would hold the all-star game for the 2008 season, since it was a historic stadium.

The 2009 season would be a great season for the Yankees. They were led by captain, Derek Jeter, 3rd baseman, Alex Rodriguez, and great pitching from CC. Sabathia, Andy Pettit, and closer, Mariano Rivera. The Yankees would also sign former Texas Rangers star Mark Teixeria. The Yankees would win the division and play the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS, sweeping them in 3 game and moving on to play the Los Angeles Angles. The Yankees would beat them in 6 games and would play the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. The Yankees would defeat the Phillies, giving them their 27th World Series in the franchise's history.

The New York Yankees are one of the most successful teams in professional sports. They are a team that you either love or hate, and probably one of the favorite MLB teams for baseball fans. The Yankees are the most winning team in baseball history. With the resources and money the Yankees have, they can virtually keep all their players on the salary cap, this with the help of the great players the Yankees have is what gives them such success in the game today.

References

  1. http://www.ultimateyankees.com/history.htm
  2. http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/al/nyyanks/yankees.html
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_New_York_Yankees_season

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