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Season Recap: New York was not counting on Luis Severino and Aaron Judge to help the team when the 2017 season started. They turned out to be the Yankees’ two best players. Judge broke the rookie record for homers with 52 and Severino went 14–6 with 230 strikeouts. The Yankees had thrilling comeback victories over the Twins and Indians in the playoffs, but lost to the Astros in the ALCS, 4 games to 3.

September 25, 2017: Aaron Judge broke Mark McGwire’s record for home runs by a rookie when he hit his 49th and 50th of the year against the Royals. Five days later, he would break Babe Ruth’s 96-year-old record for home runs in Yankee Stadium with his 33rd of the season.

July 11, 2017: Aaron Judge won the 2017 All-Star Home Run Derby with a total of 47 home runs. He hit four over 500 feet.

July 7, 2017: Aaron Judge broke Joe DiMaggio’s team record for home runs by a rookie, with 30. Judge had been named AL Player of the Month for June a few days earlier.

November 1, 2016: The Yankees called up several young players during the season hoping to give their aging lineup a boost. It wasn’t enough to catch the Red Sox, but new star Gary Sanchez gave fans in the Bronx plenty to cheer about as the team won  84 games. Masahiro Tanaka recovered from a sore elbow to lead the club with 14 wins and shortstop Didi Gregorious had a Derek Jeter-like season with 54 extra-base hits.

August 27, 2016: Rookie Gary Sanchez hit his 11th homer in just his 23rd game. No one had ever hit 11 home runs faster. A few days later he became the first player to be named AL Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month.

July 3, 2016: Mark Teixeira became the 5th switch-hitter to reach 400 career home runs.

May 15, 2016: Carlos Beltran homered against the White Sox to become just the fourth switch-hitter with 400 career home runs. Mickey Mantle, Chipper Jones, and Eddie Murray are the other three.

October 6, 2015: The Yankees got off to a hot start thanks to veterans Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, and snagged a Wild Card spot with help from young stars Greg Bird and Luis Severino. Their season ended with a 4–0 loss to the Astros in the Wild Card game.

October 1, 2015: The Yankees won the 10,000th game in team history.

May 1, 2015: Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time home run list with his 660th round-tripper.

April 5, 2015: The Yankees will depend on their aging stars to carry them to the playoffs this year. However, young Michael Pineda could be the key to the season. If he puts it all together this year, New York could have an awesome pitching staff.

February 17, 2015: The Yankees announced that they will retire the uniform numbers of three all-time greats: Andy Pettitte (46), Bernie Williams (51), and Jorge Posada (20).

November 1, 2014: Age and injuries slowed the Yankees for a second year in a row, as they won just 84 games—their fewest victories since the early 1990s. Outfielders Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury led the offense, while their most dependable pitcher was 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda.

September 21, 2014: Brett Gardner's home run against the Blue Jays was the 15,000th homer in team history. The Yankees are the first team to hit that many.

September 17, 2014: Dellin Betances set a new team record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher. He broke Mariano Rivera's record of 130, set in 1996.

July 22, 2014: Derek Jeter doubled against the Rangers to pass Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig as New York's all-time leader, with 544.

May 12, 2014: Alfonso Soriano singled against Mets in the Subway Series to reach 1,000 hits as an American Leaguer. With 1,000-plus hits in both the AL and NL, he joined an elite group that includes Dave Winfield, Frank Robinson, Fred McGriff, Vladimir Guerrero, Carlos Lee and Orlando Cabrera.

March 31, 2014: Derek Jeter hopes his final season in pinstripes will deliver another championship. He'll need help from newcomers Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka looks like he could win 20-plus games. If he does—and if Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia pitch the way they can—another flag could be flying over the Bronx come October.

December 9, 2013: Former manager Joe Torre was elected to the Hall of Fame. His record with the Yankees was 1,173–767. Torre won six pennants and four World Series between 1996 and 2007.

October 1, 2013: The Yankees spent most of the year without four of their best players, who suffered major injuries—Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson. Their replacements did a great job in the first half of the season, but in the second half the team could not catch the division leaders. New York finished 85–77, tied for third in the AL East. At the end of the year, Mariano Rivera announced his retirement.

September 20, 2013: Alex Rodriguez became the all-time leader in grand slams, passing Yankee Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who had held the record for more than 70 years, with 23.

August 28, 2013: Ichiro Suzuki singled against the Blue Jays for the 4,000th hit of his career. Ichiro had 1,278 hits in Japan and 2,722 in the U.S. major leagues.

August 27, 2013: Alfonso Soriano, who returned to the team after 10 years, slugged his 400th home run in a game against the Blue Jays.

March 30, 2013: With Cy Young Award winner A.J. Dickey traded to Toronto, the new leader of the Mets’ pitching is fire-baller Matt Harvey. The rest of the staff is a big question mark. New York’s offense features David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Ike Davis, who had a great second half in 2012.

October 19, 2012: The Yankees overcame numerous injuries to lead the AL with 95 victories. By the end of the year, they had run out of gas. New York barely defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Division Series, and fell to the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series. New York's best player in 2012 was Derek Jeter. At age 37, he led the all of baseball with 216 hits.

August 11, 2012: Derek Jeter became the second player in history to have seventeen 150-hit seasons in a row. The first was Hank Aaron.

July 23, 2012: The Yankees traded for batting champion Ichiro Suzuki prior to a game with the Seattle Mariners. Before his first at bat with the Yanks, Ichiro bowed to the crowd in Seattle, who gave him a standing ovation.

April 20, 2012: Alex Rodriguez blasted his 631st home run to move into fifth place on the all-time home run list. Only Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds are in front of him.

March, 2012: Two big names have joined the starting rotation for 2012. Hiroki Kuroda is a 37-year-old Japanese star who has pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers the last four years. Michael Pineda is 23, and in his one year with the Seattle Mariners, he blew away 173 batters in 171 innings. Wow!

Tony Lazzeri

This photo of Tony Lazzeri came in an old issue of Baseball Magazine. I have a lot of old issues, and I love to read through them. (Baseball Magazine)







Tommy Henrich

This Tommy Henrich card was made in 1950. Most baseball cards in the 1930s and 1940s were square (or close to square). After 1950, they were more or less the shape they are today. (Bowman Gum Co.)







Gil McDougald
Gil McDougald had a really strange bating stance. He held the bat very low and behind him. (Topps, Inc.)







Bobby Murcer

This Bobby Murcer poster is what's known as a caricature. It was part of a set that came once every Sunday in the newspaper. (NY Daily News)







Ron Guidry
Ron Guidry was so good in 1978 that it was shocking when he actually lost a game. (Black Book Partners)







Hideki Matsui glove
Hideki Matsui was known more for his bat than his glove...so I thought I'd show a picture of his glove! (Black Book Partners)







Jeter and Rodriguez
Derek Jeter gives Alex Rodriguez a forearm bump after a home run. A-Rod's 54 homers in 2007 set a record for Yankee right-handed hitters. (Black Book Partners)







CC Sabathia
The Yankees have signed some free agents that didn't work out. CC Sabathia is one who definitely did. (Black Book Partners)

Bob Meusel — Outfielder
Born: 7/19/1896
Died: 11/28/1977
Played for Team: 1920 to 1929
Bob Meusel batted behind Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the Yankee lineup. He was a .300 hitter, which meant he drove in a lot of runs. Meusel also had a strong throwing arm. He led the AL in homers and RBIs in 1925.

Tony Lazzeri — Second Baseman
Born: 12/6/1903
Died: 8/6/1946
Played for Team: 1926 to 1937
Tony Lazzeri was the AL's premier power-hitting second baseman in the 1920s and 1930s. He was the first player to hit two grand slams in the same game and still holds the league record for RBIs in a game, with 11.

Bill Dickey — Catcher
Born: 6/5/1907
Died: 11/12/1993
Played for Team: 1928 to 1946
Bill Dickey was one of baseball's fiercest competitors. He was a good hitter and an excellent handler of pitchers. Dickey's .362 average in 1936 was the highest by an American League catcher until Joe Mauer hit .365 in 2009.

Lefty Gomez — Pitcher
Born: 11/26/1908
Died: 2/17/1989
Played for Team: 1930 to 1942
Lefty Gomez was an All-Star seven times and the top pitcher in the AL for much of the 1930s. His strange sense of humor and blazing fastball made him a legendary figure both during and after his career. Gomez led the AL in wins and ERA twice and in strikeouts three times.

Tommy Henrich — Outfielder
Born: 2/20/1913
Died: 12/1/2009
Played for Team: 1937 to 1942 & 1946 to 1950
Fans called Tommy Henrich "Old Reliable" for his ability to hit in pressure situations. He had some of his greatest moments in the World Series— including the first walk-off homer in Series history in 1949.

Charlie Keller — Outfielder
Born: 9/12/1916
Died: 5/23/1990
Played for Team: 1939 to 1949
Charlie Keller, Tommy Henrich, and Joe DiMaggio formed one of the best outfields in baseball history. Keller hit .334 as a rookie in 1939, and then batted .438 in the Yankees' four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. Back problems and World War II kept Keller from becoming an all-time great.

Phil Rizzuto — Shortstop
Born: 9/25/1917
Died: 8/13/2007
Played for Team: 1941 to 1942 & 1946 to 1956
The Yankees had plenty of great players during the 1940s and 1950s, but many people believed the man who gave them their edge was Phil Rizzuto. He was a superb fielder and a great bunter, but it wasn't until Casey Stengel made him New York's leadoff hitter that Rizzuto became the league's Most Valuable Player. After retiring, "Scooter" remained with the Yankees as a broadcaster for more than 40 years.

Allie Reynolds — Pitcher
Born: 2/10/1917
Died: 12/26/1994
Played for Team: 1947 to 1954
Allie Reynolds was a track and football star in college and was drafted by the NFL's New York Giants as a running back in 1938. He chose to play baseball instead. After joining the Yankees, Reynolds became one of the league's top pitchers. He threw two no-hitters, led the AL in shutouts twice, and won seven World Series games for New York.

Gil McDougald — Infielder
Born: 5/19/1928
Died: 11/28/2010
Played for Team: 1951 to 1960
In many ways, Gil McDougald was the most valuable player on the Yankees in the 1950s. He had superior skills at second, third, and shortstop, which let Casey Stengel rest his regulars a day or two a week. McDougald played in six All-Star Games before retiring at the age of 32.

Roger Maris — Outfielder
Born: 9/10/1934
Died: 12/14/1985
Played for Team: 1960 to 1966
Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's record when he hit 61 homers in 1961. Most fans thought of Maris as a slugger, but he was an excellent all-around player. He was the league MVP in his first two seasons as a Yankee.

Mel Stottlemyre — Pitcher
Born: 11/13/1941
Played for Team: 1964 to 1974
Mel Stottlemyre helped the Yankees win the pennant as a rookie in 1964. He was New York's best pitcher over the next 10 years, but the team did not return to the World Series while he played. Stottlemyre used his sinker to win 20 games three times and led the AL in complete games twice.

Bobby Murcer — Outfielder
Born: 5/20/1946
Died: 7/12/2008
Played for Team: 1965 to 1966, 1969 to 1974 & 1979 to 1983
Yankees fans hoped Bobby Murcer would become the next Mickey Mantle, but he fell short of those expectations. Nevertheless, he was the team's best player after Mantle retired. Murcer was an All-Star four years in a row and almost won the batting championship in 1971.

Sparky Lyle — Pitcher
Born: 7/22/1944
Played for Team: 1972 to 1978
The 1972 trade for Sparky Lyle gave the Yankees their first building block for the championship teams later in the decade. Lyle was a master at finishing off hitters late in games. He used his dipping, diving slider to lead the league in saves twice and was the first AL relief pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.

Graig Nettles — Third Baseman
Born: 8/20/1944
Played for Team: 1973 to 1983
Graig Nettles might have been the most valuable defensive player the Yankees ever had. He saved countless runs with his play at third base. Nettles also contributed with his bat. By the time he left the Yankees, he owned the AL's career home run record for third basemen.

Ron Guidry — Pitcher
Born: 8/28/1950
Played for Team: 1975 to 1988
In 1978, Ron Guidry had the greatest season of any Yankee pitcher. He went 25–3 with nine shutouts. He used his fastball and slider to strike out 18 batters in a game that season. Ever since, fans at Yankee Stadium stand and cheer whenever one of their pitchers gets two strikes on a batter.

Paul O'Neill — Outfielder
Born: 2/25/1963
Played for Team: 1993 to 2001
New York fans didn't know much about Paul O'Neill when he joined the team in 1993. They learned quickly that he was one of the most talented and competitive players to ever wear pinstripes. In O'Neill's nine seasons, he was a batting champion once and an All-Star five times. More important, the Yankees won six pennants with him in right field.

Andy Pettitte — Pitcher
Born: 6/15/1972
Played for Team: 1995 to 2003 & 2007 to 2010
Andy Pettitte was one of the Yankees' best "big game" pitchers. When the team was desperate for a victory, fans felt good when he took the mound. Pettitte won 203 games as a Yankee and lost only 112. He also won 19 games in the playoffs and World Series for the team.

Hideki Matsui — Outfielder/Designated Hitter
Born: 6/12/1974
Played for Team: 2003 to 2009
Hideki Matsui was already a superstar in Japan when he joined the Yankees. He became one of their most dependable players over the next few years, knocking in 100 runs four times in five seasons. Matsui saved his best for last with New York. In the 2009 World Series—his final appearance as a Yankee—he had eight hits and eight RBIs and was named Series MVP.

Alex Rodriguez — Third Baseman
Born: 7/27/1975
Played for Team: 2004 to 2016
Alex Rodriguez was determined to play for a champion when he signed with the Yankees. He led the league in homers twice and won two MVP awards in his first four years, but it was his sixth season that finally brought that World Series ring. A-Rod had 19 hits, 18 RBIs, and six home runs in the 2009 playoffs and World Series.

CC Sabathia — Pitcher
Born: 7/21/1980
First Year with Team: 2009
The Yankees made CC Sabathia one of the higest-paid players in the game, and he was worth every penny. In his first three seasons as a Yankee, he won 59 games and led the team to a championship.

Curtis Granderson — Outfielder
Born: 3/16/1981
Played for Team: 2010 to 2013
Curtis Granderson struggled at times in his first season as a Yankee. He decided to make big changes to his swing, and the results were fantastic. In 2011, Granderson led the AL in runs and RBIs, and became the first player in history with 40 homers, 25 stolen bases, and 10 triples in the same season.

Hideki Matsui
Hideki Matsui was known more for his bat than his legs...so I thought I'd show a picture of him running! (Black Book Partners)

Bobby Brown quit baseball to become a heart surgeon, but while he played for the Yankees few hitters were better in World Series action. Brown was a member of four championship teams from 1947 to 1951 and batted .439 in 17 World Series games.

When Hideki Matsui joined the Yankees in 2003, he had a streak of 1,250 games played in Japan. He played 518 more before injuring himself and missing a game with the Yankees. Matsui's 1,768-game playing streak is one of the longest in America or Japan.

David Wells joined the Yankees in 1997 because he was fascinated with Babe Ruth. While playing for New York, Wells bought a Babe Ruth game-worn Yankees cap and actually wore it during a game. The American League made him stop because it was not a regulation cap.

One of the rarest feats in baseball is a natural cycle—a single, double, triple, and home run in the same game, in that order. Tony Lazzeri became the fourth player to accomplish this feat, in 1932. He is the only player whose home run was a grand slam.

Wally Pipp
Wally Pipp is the player who supposedly sat out a few games and never got back in the lineup, because Lou Gehrig took his place. It didn't happen exactly like that—but it's still a good story. Pipp, by the way, was a terrific player. (Author's Collection)


Bernie Williams

Bernie Williams won the 1998 batting title with a .339 average. A lot of fans forget that, a year later, he actually raised his average to .342! (Black Book Partners)


Mark Teixeira
Looks like Mark Teixeira left something important in the dugout. He didn't leave many runners on base in 2009. (Black Book Partners)


Alfonso Soriano
Today people think of Alfonso Soriano as a slugger, but as a young Yankee he was the AL stolen base champ. (Black Book Partners)


Whitey Ford
This Whitey Ford magazine was part of a series that came free in the Sunday newspaper a few years ago. (New York Post)


Vic Raschi

Vic Raschi won exactly 21 games three years in a row for the Yankees. After he left the team, he played in the National League and gave up Hank Aaron's first home run. (Bowman Gum Co.)


Rudy May

Rudy May is a forgotten member of the great Yankee teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s. People also forget he was the last Yankee to win an ERA crown. (Topps, Inc.)


Home Runs
1916 — Wally Pipp — 12
1917 — Wally Pipp — 9
1920 — Babe Ruth — 54
1921 — Babe Ruth — 59
1923 — Babe Ruth — 41
1924 — Babe Ruth — 46
1925 — Bob Meusel — 33
1926 — Bab Ruth — 47
1927 — Babe Ruth — 60
1928 — Babe Ruth — 54
1929 — Babe Ruth — 46
1930 — Babe Ruth — 49
1931 — Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig — 46
1934 — Lou Gehrig — 49
1936 — Lou Gehrig — 49
1937 — Joe DiMaggio — 46
1944 — Nick Etten — 22
1948 — Joe DiMaggio — 39
1955 — Mickey Mantle — 37
1956 — Mickey Mantle — 52
1958 — Mickey Mantle — 42
1960 — Mickey Mantle — 40
1976 — Graig Nettles — 32
1980 — Reggie Jackson — 41
2005 — Alex Rodriguez — 48
2007 — Alex Rodriguez — 54
2009 — Mark Teixeira — 39
2017 — Aaron Judges — 52

Batting Average
1924 — Babe Ruth — .378
1934 — Lou Gehrig — .363
1939 — Joe DiMaggio — .381
1940 — Joe DiMaggio — .352
1945 — Snuffy Stirnweiss — .309
1956 — Mickey Mantle — .353
1984 — Don Mattingly — .343
1994 — Paul O'Neill — .359
1998 — Bernie Williams — .339

Runs Batted In
1920 — Babe Ruth — 137
1921 — Babe Ruth — 171
1923 — Babe Ruth — 131
1925 — Bob Meusel — 138
1926 — Babe Ruth — 146
1927 — Lou Gehrig — 175
1928 — Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig — 142
1930 — Lou Gehrig — 174
1931 — Lou Gehrig — 184
1934 — Lou Gehrig — 165
1941 — Joe DiMaggio — 125
1945 — Nick Etten — 111
1948 — Joe DiMaggio — 155
1956 — Mickey Mantle — 130
1960 — Roger Maris — 112
1961 — Roger Maris — 141
1985 — Don Mattingly — 145
2007 — Alex Rodriguez — 156
2009 — Mark Teixeira — 122
2011 — Curtis Granderson — 119

Stolen Bases
1914 — Fritz Maisel — 74
1931 — Ben Chapman — 61
1932 — Ben Chapman — 38
1933 — Ben Chapman — 27
1938 — Frank Crosetti — 27
1944 — Snuffy Stirnweiss — 55
1945 — Snuffy Stirnweiss — 33
1985 — Rickey Henderson — 80
1986 — Rickey Henderson — 87
1988 — Rickey Henderson — 93
1989 — Rickey Henderson — 77*
2002 — Alfonso Soriano — 41
2011 — Brett Gardner — 49

*Henderson also played with the Oakland A's in 1989.

1904 — Jack Chesbro — 41
1906 — Al Orth — 27
1921 — Carl Mays — 27
1927 — Waite Hoyt — 22
1928 — George Pipgras — 24
1934 — Lefty Gomez — 26
1937 — Lefty Gomez — 21
1938 — Red Ruffing — 21
1943 — Spud Chandler — 20
1955 — Whitey Ford — 18
1958 — Bob Turley — 21
1961 — Whitey Ford — 25
1962 — Ralph Terry — 23
1963 — Whitey Ford — 24
1975 — Catfish Hunter — 23
1978 — Ron Guidry — 25
1985 — Ron Guidry — 22
1994 — Jimmy Key — 17*
1996 — Andy Pettitte — 21
1998 — David Cone — 20
2006 — Chien-Ming Wang — 19
2009 — CC Sabathia — 19
2010 — CC Sabathia — 21

* The 1994 season was shortened by a labor dispute.

1932 — Red Ruffing — 190
1933 — Lefty Gomez — 163
1934 — Lefty Gomez — 158
1937 — Lefty Gomez — 194
1951 — Vic Raschi — 164
1952 — Allie Reynolds — 160
1964 — Al Downing — 217

Earned Run Average
1920 — Bob Shawkey — 2.45
1927 — Wilcy Moore — 2.28
1934 — Lefty Gomez — 2.33
1937 — Lefty Gomez — 2.33
1943 — Spud Chandler — 1.64
1952 — Allie Reynolds — 2.06
1953 — Eddie Lopat — 2.42
1956 — Whitey Ford — 2.47
1957 — Bobby Shantz — 2.45
1958 — Whitey Ford — 2.01
1978 — Ron Guidry — 1.74
1979 — Ron Guidry — 2.78
1980 — Rudy May — 2.46

1923 World Series Program

This program is from the first World Series the Yankees ever won. The cover shows the Yankees' manager, Miller Huggins, and John McGraw, the manager of the New York Giants. Both would go into the Hall of Fame. (Author's Collection)



1958 World Series

This program is from the 1958 World Series. The Yankees were behind 3 games to 1, but they swept the final three to win the championship. Moose Skowron hit two homers in Game 7 for New York. (Author's Collection)


1921 New York Giants Lost 5–3
1922 New York Giants Lost 4–0
1923 New York Giants Won 4–2
1926 St. Louis Cardinals Lost 4–3
1927 Pittsburgh Pirates Won 4–0
1928 St. Louis Cardinals Won 4–0
1932 Chicago Cubs Won 4–0
1936 New York Giants Won 4–2
1937 New York Giants Won 4–1
1938 Chicago Cubs Won 4–0
1939 Cincinnati Reds Won 4–0
1941 Brooklyn Dodgers Won 4–1
1942 St. Louis Cardinals Lost 4–1
1943 St. Louis Cardinals Won 4–1
1947 Brooklyn Dodgers Won 4–3
1949 Brooklyn Dodgers Won 4–1
1950 Philadelphia Phillies Won 4–0
1951 New York Giants Won 4–2
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers Won 4–3
1953 Brooklyn Dodgers Won 4–2
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Won 4–3
1956 Brooklyn Dodgers Won 4–3
1957 Milwaukee Braves Lost 4–3
1958 Milwaukee Braves Won 4–3
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Lost 4–3
1961 Cincinnati Reds Won 4–1
1962 San Francisco Giants Won 4–3
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers Lost 4–0
1964 St. Louis Cardinals Lost 4–3
1976 Cincinnati Reds Lost 4–0
1977 Los Angeles Dodgers Won 4–2
1978 Los Angeles Dodgers Won 4–2
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers Lost 4–2
1996 Atlanta Braves Won 4–2
1998 San Diego Padres Won 4–0
1999 Atlanta Braves Won 4–0
2000 New York Mets Won 4–1
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks Lost 4–3
2003 Florida Marlins Lost 4–2
2009 Philadelphia Phillies Won 4–2
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