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History of the New York Yankees

The New York Yankees were originally the New York Highlanders. The team was founded in 1903, purchased by Frank Farrell and Bill Devery, who purchased the Baltimore Orioles and moved them to Manhattan. In 1913, the team was purchased from Farrell and Devery by Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston. These men purchased the Highlanders for US$460,000 and renamed the team the New York Yankees. A few years later, they signed Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to a two year contract. Ruth greatly influenced the popularity of the team. The first Yankee Stadium was opened in 1923, and the opening day game was a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. During their long and winning history, other notable players included Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Jackie Robinson, and many others. As of 2010, the New York Yankees were the most winning team in Major League Baseball, with 27 World Series titles, and dozes of championship series titles.

Fun Facts about the New York Yankees

What are New York Yankees team colors?
Navy blue, white

Where did the New York Yankees get their name and why are they called it?
The New York Yankees were renamed as such in 1913 after playing as the Highlanders for the first ten years. The name “Yankees” came about as the team was part of the American League, and the British typically refer to Americans as Yanks or Yankees. The team adopted the nickname unofficially around 1910, and it became their official team name in 1913.

Who designed the New York Yankees logo?
The New York Yankees “NY” logo was originally designed by Tiffany & Co. in 1877, for a fallen police officer. The Yankees took the logo as their team insignia in 1909. The cap and bat logo was designed by Henry Alonzo Keller in 1947. The logo features a patriotic bat with an “Uncle Sam” hat atop the end of the bat. A large baseball lies behind the bat and hat, and the word “Yankees” is written in red script across the logo.

Who is the mascot for the New York Yankees?
New York Yankees are one of four teams that did not have a team mascot. From 1982 until 1985, the team mascot was Dandy, a pinstriped bird. Since then, however, the team has not had a mascot.

Who owns the New York Yankees?
The New York Yankees is owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, which was formed in 1999 to manage the New York Yankees baseball club. The company is run by longtime Yankee owners, the Steinbrenner family.

What numbers have been retired by New York Yankees?
1 Billy Martin
3 Babe Ruth
4 Lou Gehrig
5 Joe DiMaggio
7 Mickey Mantle
8 Bill Dickey
8 Yogi Berra
9 Roger Maris
10 Phil Rizzuto
15 Thurman Munson
16 Whitey Ford
23 Don Mattingly
32 Elston Howard
37 Casey Stengel
44 Reggie Jackson
49 Ron Guidry
42 Jackie Robinson

What players from the New York Yankees are in the Baseball Hall Of Fame?
Frank Baker
Yogi Berra
Wade Boggs
Frank Chance
Earle Combs
Stan Coveleski
Joe DiMaggio
Bill Dickey
Whitey Ford
Lou Gehrig
Lefty Gomez
Joe Gordon
Richard “Goose” Gossage
Burleigh Grimes
Bucky Harris
Rickey Henderson
Waite Hoyt
Miller Huggins
Catfish Hunter
Reggie Jackson
Tony Lazzeri
Mickey Mantle
Joe McCarthy
Johnny Mize
Phil Niekro
Herb Pennock
Gaylord Perry
Phil Rizzuto
Red Ruffling
Babe Ruth
Joe Sewell
Enos Slaughter
Casey Stengel
Charles “Dazzy” Vance
Paul Waner
Dave Winfield

How many World Series have New York Yankees won?
The Yankees have won 27 World Series titles (1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009)

Fun Facts about Yankee Stadium

What is New York Yankees stadium called?
Yankee Stadium (II) – The stadium was opened in 2009, after the prior Yankee Stadium (used from 1923-1973 and 1976-2008) was demolished.

What is the address of Yankee Stadium?
East 161st Street & River Avenue
Bronx, New York

How many seats are in Yankee Stadium?
50,086 Seats
52,325 Capacity, including standing room only ticket sales

Items NOT allowed in Yankee Stadium
Any soft-sided bag larger than 16 inches by 16 inches by 8 inches, including diaper bags, backpacks and purses
Briefcases, coolers and hard-sided bags and containers
Glass, cans and plastic bottles
Laser pens
Video cameras
Laptop computers
Firearms or knives
Beach balls, blow horns and all other distracting noisemakers
Any other devices that may interfere with and/or distract any sports participant, other patron, audio or audio/visual telecast or recording of the game or any technology-related service provided in Yankee Stadium

When was Yankee Stadium built?
Ground was broken for the new Yankee Stadium on August 19, 2006. The new stadium was opened for its first regular season game on April 16, 2009.

How far is it down the right field line in Yankee Stadium?
314 feet

How far is it down the left field line in Yankee Stadium?
318 feet

How far is the center field wall in Yankee Stadium?
408 feet

Travel Information if You’re going to watch the New York Yankees

Best restaurants in the area of Yankee Stadium
1. Billy’s Sports Bar
856 River Avenue
New York, NY 10451
(718) 665-6180

2. Yankee Tavern
72 East 161st Street
New York, NY 10451
(718) 292-6130

3. NYY Steak
1 East 161st Street
New York, NY 10451
(646) 977-8325

Best hotels near Yankee Stadium
1. Harlem Vista Hotel
75 Macombs Place
New York, NY 10039
(212) 368-9700

2. Howard Johnson Bronx
1300 Sedgwick Avenue
New York, NY 11556
(661) 451-2037

3. Allie’s Inn Bed & Breakfast
313 West 136th Street
New York, NY 10030
(646) 283-3068

Top 5 Players of all time for the New York Yankees

5. Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford
The Yankees pitcher was one of the best the team has ever had. He was recognized as being able to keep his cool under enormous amounts of pressure. It earned him the nickname amongst his teammates of “Chairman of the Board.” During his 18 seasons with the team, from 1950 through 1967, Whitey Ford won six World Series Championships. He won a total of 236 games (lost 106) while playing for the Yankees, and his record has not been beaten by any pitcher playing for the Yankees since. He also earned one World Series MVP award and a Cy Young award. Ford was a ten-time All-Star selection and three-time AL TSN Pitcher of the Year. His number, 16, was retired by the New York Yankees

4. Joe DiMaggio
Joe DiMaggio was a career-long New York Yankee, playing with the team from 1936 to 1942, and again from 1946 to 1951. He was selected as an All-Star player every year that he played baseball, for a total of 13 selections. He was a nine-time World Series champion, three-time AL MVP. He held the MLB record of 56 consecutive games with [at least] a base hit. His number, 5, has been retired by the New York Yankees. DiMaggio was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.
Batting Average: .325
Hits: 2,214
Home Runs: 361
Runs Batted In: 1,537

3. Henry Louis “Lou” Gherig
Lou Gherig played 2,130 consecutive games with the New York Yankees. During this time, he managed an incredible .340 career batting average. Gherig played for the Yankees from 1923 through 1939. He was a seven-time All-Star selection and six-time World Series champion. He won the American League MVP award twice. Machine that he was, Lou Gherig once hit four home runs in one game, a feat that has only been matched by 14 other players in the history of the game. His number, 4, was retired by the New York Yankees, and he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 by a unanimous vote.
Batting Average: .340
Home Runs: 493
Hits: 2,721
Runs Batted In: 1,995

2. Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle was a member of the New York Yankees during the eras when the team was racking up World Series titles as if they were just any other game. He played for the team from 1951 to 1968. He was a 20 time All-Star selection, seven-time World Series Champion and three-time American League MVP. He hold the record for hitting the most home runs during World Series games, and he won the triple crown in 1956, when he led the league in home runs, runs batted in and overall batting average. Mantle’s number, 7, was retired by the New York Yankees. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 in the first year he was eligible for induction.
Batting Average: .298
Home Runs: 536
Hits: 2,415
Runs Batted In: 1,509

1. Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth was not a career long New York Yankee. He first played for the Boston Red Sox from 1914 to 1919. He was bought by the Yankees in 1920, and played with the team until 1934. He briefly went back to Boston to play for the Boston Braves in 1935 before retiring from the sport. The time was Ruth spend with the New York Yankees, however, is what he is remembered for. Ruth’s position was right field, but it was his hitting abilities that set him apart from the rest of the team. His batting average was .342, and his home runs numbered 714 by the end of his career. He is the third all-time home run hitter, after Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. However, the fact that Ruth played in far fewer games that these other two stands as a testament to his hitting ability. He has a .690 career slugging percentage, which stands as the MLB record.
Batting Average: .342
Home Runs: 714
Hits: 2,873
Runs Batted In: 2,217

Resources about the New York Yankees

The Official Site of the New York Yankees

New York Yankees – Yankees Baseball Clubhouse – ESPN

Sports Illustrated New York Yankees News, Schedule, Photos, Stats, Players, MLB Baseball

New York Yankees – MLB at CBSSports.com

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