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The New York Yankees are the most successful baseball team in the MLB and one of the most successful and popular sports teams in the world. The Yankees are a symbol of New York City and an iconic name in American sports. The Yankees’ home isthe newly constructed Yankee Stadium and the team’s colors are white, grey and navy blue. The franchise has a rich history and thousands of loyal fans, who turn up week after week to support the team. You can also join the fans at Yankee Stadium to watch the Yankees live in action; all you need to get are get are New York Yankee tickets.
The American League was previously known as the Western League from 1894-1899. A minor league, it primarily focused on teams from the West Coast cities. The Western League was reorganized in 1900 by its President Ban Johnson, who added new teams in East Coast cities and renamed the league as the American League. The American League wanted a team in New York but that move was blocked by the National League’s New York Giants who had enough political sway in the city. The potential New York franchise therefore moved to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles started playing in 1901, but from 1902 onwards, they became the center of the dispute between the National League and American League as the National League started poaching players from them. In 1903 there was a so called “peace conference” between the two leagues and Ban Johnson requested that the American League be allowed to place a team in New York as well. This motion was put to a vote and fifteen of the sixteen major league teams agreed to it; unsurprisingly, only the New York Giants owner opposed the motion. The Baltimore franchise moved to New York after a suitable ballpark was found and became known as the New York Highlanders. They were also called the New York Americans since they were members of the American League.
The team was first called the Yankees as early as 1904 by sports Editor Jim Price, since the name was easier to fit into headlines. The media started referring to the team as the Yankees and it became their unofficial moniker in later years. The franchise officially adopted the name in 1913.
Babe Ruth Era: Building a Dynasty (1923 – 1934)
By 1920, the three big clubs in the league, the Yankees, Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox experienced a relaxation in tensions between them. This meant that they were now easily able to trade and transfer players between each other. This détente turned out to be very profitable for the Yankees who managed to secure the services of world class players like Babe Ruth. The Boston Red Sox, who would eventually become the Yankees’ most fierce rivals, would later rue the day they let a talent like Ruth leave.
As a result of Ruth’s hard powered, aggressive hitting, the Yankees started dominating the MLB and soon became the most feared side in the country. Their dominance began in 1923, when they faced off against the New York Giants in their third consecutive World Series. The Yankees finally managed to win their first crown that year after defeating the Giants and embarked on an era of success which no one has been able to match since.
By 1927, the Yankees had assembled a squad which would become to be known as Murderers’ Row.Featuring the talents of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs, Tony Lazzeri, Mark Koenig and Bob Meusel, the Yankees racked up a record 110 games, losing 44 in the process. The team won the World Series that year and followed that up with a second consecutive title next year. By this time, the Yankees had established themselves as the best team in New York and a symbol of the city; their competitors, the New York Giants left for San Francisco soon after.
The Yankees won their fourth title in 1932, in Babe Ruth’s penultimate season with the team. The icon left the team in 1934 and Lou Gehrig stepped up to the plate as the team’s star player.
Joe DiMaggio Era (1936 – 1951)
Lou Gehrig’s time in the spotlight was short lived, as another stellar talent emerged from the team. Joe DiMaggio was a central fielder who took the Yankees never before imagined. With Gehrig and DiMaggio in the team, the Yankees won four straight World Series crowns from 1936-1939. During the middle of the 1939 season, Gehrig retired after being diagnosed with ALS, but DiMaggio led the team to the Fall Classic nonetheless.
1941 was a historic year of baseball and especially, Yankees’ fans. That year Joe DiMaggio set the record for most consecutive hits in the MLB. When the season ended, he had hit in an astonishing 56 consecutive games. The record stand till today and most analysts believe it will never be broken. That year the Yankees won their ninth World Series.
Two days after their historic win, America joined the Second World War and most of the team’s players enlisted for military service. However, the Yankees still managed to win their third World Series in 1943. After securing the title again in 1947, a weak Yankees team upset the Boston Red Sox to win the title in 1949 as well. That galling loss became the foundation of the now legendary Yankees Red Sox rivalry, which is considered as one of the fiercest in sports history.
Cementing a Legacy (1950 – 1995)
During the 1950s, the Yankees had an outstanding record in the MLB. They won five consecutive World Series crowns between 1949 and 1953, setting the record for most consecutive World Series wins in the process. The record stands till today.
In the following years, the Yankees remained a strong presence in the post season but failed to win the championship despite reaching the final in1955. However, in 1956 the franchise won another memorable title after defeating the Dodgers. Game five of the 1956 World Series is remembered for Don Larson’s perfect game; to date, he remains the only pitcher to throw a perfect game in the World Series. Before the end of the decade, the Yankees reached two more Fall Classics and won the championship again in 1958.
The remarkable decade saw the Yankees reach eight World Series and win six championships. Their dominance in the league was unsurpassed and no other team or franchise has come close to replicating their success.
Ups and Down (1960 – 1990)
After their remarkable decade, the team entered the 1960s, looking to continue their good run. In 1961, Yankee fans experienced one of the most exciting seasons in their history. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris showcased a hitting masterclass throughout the season and expectations slowly started to build that one of them could finally surpass Babe Ruth’s old record of sixty home runs in a season. Mantle’s season ended earlier due to injury, but Maris continued to score freely and one the last day of the regular season, he hit his sixty first homerun.
The Yankees won the pennant with 109 wins over the course of the season and won another World Series title. The team had finished the season with a record setting 240 homeruns.
The team posted a second consecutive title in 1962, but lost the next two championships in a row. The team had once again reached five consecutive Fall Classics. However, the 1964 World Series was the franchise’s last appearance in the Fall Classic till 1976.
In 1965, the highly valuable franchise was purchased by CBS. The change of ownership also started a decline in the team’s fortunes. The same year, the franchise posted its first losing record in forty years and the following year the team finished at the bottom of the American League for the first time since 1912.
Sports writers have put forth several reasons for the team’s decline but by far the most important reason was their inability to replenish their aging squad with young talent. Over the course of the previous five decades, the Yankees had become renowned for their shrewd transfer policy, which allowed younger, talented players to carry on the torch. However, due to the introduction of the Amateur Draft, the Yankees were unable to sign any player they wanted and had to draft youngsters, banking on their potential. Most of the transfers were failures during this time and only Thurman Munson lived up to his potential.
In 1973, George Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees from CBS. The Cleveland based shipping tycoon had an ambitious plan for the team, which involved renovating Yankee Stadium. This was easier said than done and after surpassing several road blocks, the newly renovated Yankee Stadium finally opened in 1975.
The stadium’s uplifting also lifted the team which finally reached the post season for the first time since 1964. However, the team lost the 1976 World Series against Cincinnati’s mighty “Big Red Machine”.
The following season, Steinbrenner drafted outfield Reggie Jackson to the squad. The addition of Jackson created more problems than it solved, since the volatile player kept feuding with his teammates, coach and even the team’s owner. However, he justified his inclusion in the team by giving a remarkable performance in the 1977 World Series. As a result, he earned the nickname “Mr. October”, from Yankee fans.
The Yankees won their twenty second World Series title in 1978. That season was remarkable because it featured the Red Sox and Yankees in a tense race to secure the AL pennant. The Red Sox le for most of the season, but the Yankees clawed their way back into the race before eventually facing off against the Red Sox in a tie breaker. The Yankees succeeded in defeating the Red Sox 5-4 and won the AL east crown, thereby securing their place in the playoffs. The team defeated the Kansas City Royals in the AL Championship game before facing the Dodgers in the World Series. The team eventually won in game six.
Following the successful early years during Steinbrenner’s ownership, the Yankees suffered another decline in fortunes. The team reached the World Series in 1981, but following their defeat to the Dodgers, the team suffered their longest World Series drought since 1921. Impressed with the model employed by the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals, Steinbrenner decided to focus more on fast players and defense, rather than powerful players and aggression. He was more or less trying to transform the Bronx Bombers into the Bronx Burners. Needless to say, the strategy failed and the Yankees failed to secure any major silverware during this time period.
Resurgence (1996 – 2009)
By the middle of the 1990s, Steinbrenner and his management decided to abandon their strategy of going for high profile expensive players and focused on farming and developing young talent. As a result of this strategy, the Yankees discovered the talents of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. With the addition of these young players, the Yankees finally won the AL pennant and reached the World Series again. The franchise won its first championship in twenty one seasons by defeating the Atlanta Braves in 1996.
Championship wins followed in 1998, 1999 and 2000, as the Yankees became the premier team in the MLB again. The 1998 team have often been referred to as one of the best teams in history, as they went on to post a record setting 114 wins and easily swept aside the San Diego Padres to win the World Series.
Since the turn of the century, the Yankees have won nine AL East titles, three American League Pennants and one World Series, which they won in 2009. The franchise last appeared in the post season in 2015 via a wild card berth but failed to progress deep into the post season. However, if there is anything to be judged by the franchise’s history, it’s that the Bronx Bombers always find a way to fight back to reach the top. It just remains to be seen when they actually do that.