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YGK New York Yankees

The rough son of a saloon keeper, grew up on the Baltimore waterfront and in the St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. Released after signing a baseball contract with the minor league Baltimore Orioles, he was bought by the Boston Red Sox Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth)
Played with Boston for six seasons, winning 87 games, 3 World Series. In 1919, setting a new single-season home record of 29. Already famous as a player, eater, and carouser, Boston sold him to New York for the 1920 season, where his fame became legend. Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth)
Moved from the pitchers mound to the outfield, he won 9 homer titles and 4 World Series from 1920 to 1934. In 1927 he hit 60 homeruns and lead the Yankee lineup known as Murderers Row to a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth)
He hit his controversial "Called Shot" homer against the Cubs during the third game of the 1932 World Series after allegedly gesturing towards the centerfield stands. Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth)
Since his retirement from baseball in 1935, many of his most famous pitching and batting records have been surpassed, but power hitting as a legitimate approach towards playing baseball continues. Before him, the homer was a freak occurrence. Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth)
The owner of the Boston Red Sox, Harry Frazee, sold his contract to New York to help produce the play, No No Nanette. This gave to the legendary Curse of the Bambino. Boston would go 86 years before winning another World Series. Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth)
Sultan of Swat. The Bambino Babe Ruth (George Herman Ruth)
Born in Manhattan to German immigrants. A football and baseball player at Columbia University, he signed with the Yankees in 1923. Lou Gehrig
He became a regular in 1925, replacing Wally Pipp at first base and beginning his streak of 2130 consecutive games played (since broken by Cal Ripen, Jr. in 1995) that earned him the nickname "The Iron Horse." Lou Gehrig
His batting feats include 184 RBI in 1931 (the AL record), 23 career grand slams (the ML record), a triple crown in 1934, and a .340 career batting average. Lou Gehrig (ALS is known as Lou Gehrig's Disease)
In deference to Lou, no Yankee was appointed captain until Thurman Munson in 1976. Lou Gehrig
When it was discovered that he was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis--ALS --he delivered his famous "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" speech at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. Lou Gehrig
left the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League and joined New York for the 1936 season, where he helped Lou Gehrig drive the Yankees to their fifth championship and the first of nine that he would win with the Bombers. Joe Dimaggio
"The Yankee Clipper" won 3 Most Valuable Player awards, 2 batting titles, and 2 homer titles. In 1941 "Joltin' Joe" hit safely in 56 consecutive games, a record that has never been challenged (he once hit in 61 straight for the Seals in 1933). Joe Dimaggio
His career totals are abbreviated because of his military service ('43-'45) and because of the distance to Yankee Stadium's left field power alley, in those days known as Death Valley. He wedded Marilyn Monroe in 1954, but they divorced after nine months. Joe Dimaggio
In high school his left leg was nearly amputated, the first of his many leg problems. Known as the "Commerce Comet" because of his speed & because he grew up in Commerce, Oklahoma, he became the Yankee center fielder after DiMaggio Mickey Mantle
Played on 12 pennant winners and seven World Championship clubs. He holds World Series records for home runs (18), RBI (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123). Mickey Mantle
During the regular season, his switch hitting powered 536 homeruns and won him 4 homer titles ('55, '56, '58, '60), 3 MVP awards ('56, '57, '62), and in 1956 a triple crown. Mickey Mantle
In 1961 he and teammate Roger Maris both had a chance of passing Ruth's 1927 mark of 60, but injuries forced him out of the race (Maris hit 61). He was elected to the Hall of Fame alongside Whitey Ford in 1974. Mickey Mantle
Notorious for swinging at bad pitches, but his bat collided with them often enough to hit a catcher's record 306 home runs that lasted for more than thirty years. Yogi Berra
His hitting, fielding, and ability to lead the Yankee pitching staff earned him 3 MVP awards ('51, '54, '55). He also starred in the World Series, collecting 71 hits while playing on 10 championship teams, both records. Yogi Berra
Hired as Yankee manager in 1964, he lead the Yanks to the pennant but was fired following their Series loss to the Cardinals. His 1973 pennant with the Mets made him the only manager besides Joe McCarthy to take home the flag in both leagues. Yogi Berra
Like Casey Stengel, he was famous for his quotes, including "It aint' over 'til it's over," "It's deja vu all over again," and "Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets." Yogi Berra
called "The Chairman of the Board" because of the cool, corporate-like efficiency of his pitching style. His 236 wins against 106 defeats yields a .690 winning percentage, third best, first for a pitcher with 200 or more victories. Whitey Ford
In the 1960, 61, & 62 Series, he pitched 33 consecutive scoreless innings, breaking Babe Ruth's WS record of 29-2/3 innings of shutout ball. His other WS records include wins (10), losses (8), innings (146), hits (132), walks (34), &strikeouts (94). Whitey Ford
Under Casey Stengel he was commonly rested against poor teams so that he could be used against contenders (or in relief), making his 2.75 career ERA even more impressive. Cy Young award in 1961. Whitey Ford
He managed the Yankees to 10 pennants and 7 championships, including a record five in a row from '49-'53. The "Old Perfessor" did not use a set lineup or pitching rotation, instead using a bewildering number of platoon arrangements. Casey Stengel
Remembered as a player for his two game-winning homeruns, one an inside-the-parker, against the Yankees in the 1923 World Series, off the field his vaudevillian personality involved him in many famous incidents. Casey Stengel
The alert, combative 2B for the Yankees from 1950-1957, he made a famous catch in the seventh game of the 1952 World Series when Jackie Robinson lifted a bases loaded pop-up near the pitcher's mound. Billy Martin
As Yankee manager, he won two pennants and one World Series (1977). Strung extremely tight--he almost came to blows with Reggie Jackson during a nationally televised game--his barroom brawls and arguments with the Yankee front office cost him many jobs. Billy Martin
His five terms managing one club is tied for the major league record. Billy Martin
In 1953 he was named World Series MVP after batting .500 and winning the final game with a single in the bottom of the ninth. Billy Martin
Known as "Mr. October" because of his World Series slugging, in the sixth game of the 1977 World Series he hit three home runs off three different pitchers on three consecutive swings of his bat. Reggie Jackson
His .755 slugging average is the highest in World Series history. Soon after joining the Yankees in 1977 he created a sensation by proclaiming himself "the straw that stirs the drink." Reggie Jackson
The wild atmosphere surrounding Jackson and the Yankees was captured by a teammate in a book called The Bronx Zoo. He won four homer titles ('73, '75, '80, '83), hit 563 home runs, and set a major league record for strikeouts (2,597). Reggie Jackson
The best first baseman in baseball for most of the 1980's. He holds the major league record for most grand slams in a season. He twice led the league in hits, won a batting crown and RBI crown Don Mattingly
"Donnie Baseball" also won nine gold gloves--his career fielding percentage (.99599) is the best--but World Series glory eluded "the Hitman." His Yankees never played in the Fall Classic. Don Mattingly
Became the starting SS for the Yanks in 1996, winning the Rookie of the Year Award and helping New York capture its first championship since 1978. Derek Jeter
His junior-high yearbook dubbed him "most likely to play shortstop for the New York Yankees." Won 5 WS, collected over 3000 hits. Nickname "The Captain" Derek Jeter
The best closer in MLB history; collected over 600 saves. Entrance music was Metallica's Enter Sandman. One of the best postseason performers in baseball. Mariano Rivera
A primadonna with baseball's largest contract. He was banned for over a season due to PED usage. Has been in the press for his relationships with Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson Alex Rodriguez
Egotistical owner of the Yankees; who often clash with managers and players in the press. Died in 2010. George Steinbrenner
Created by: Mr_Morman