For those of us lucky enough to spend the holiday season surrounded by close friends and loved ones, there is bound to be some sort of discussion of the great american sport. In case you find yourself arguing with a “baseball elitist” this holiday, Michael Clair has compiled a conversation guide of sorts to aid in proving some solid points “when your cantankerous grandfather or kooky aunt bring up baseball topics with old, bad takes.”
Clair writes about topics including:
When a relative brings up something like this: “Why are strikeouts so high? You know, batters used to take pride in making contact with the ball.”
You can answer with: So, teams realized that since there is very little difference between a weak groundout, pop fly and a strikeout, there was no reason for hitters to feel bad about striking out. So, instead of merely trying to make contact to avoid a strikeout, why not try to hit the ball as hard as they can. Aren’t doubles and homers better than weak groundouts?
When Machado gets brought up (you know it might!): “Can you believe some team is gonna pay tons of money for Manny Machado! I don’t like him.”
How do you not like him? He’s one of the best players in the game. He can hit for average, power and he plays strong defense at either third or short — arguably the hardest position in the game. Any team — literally every single one — would be improved with Machado on their team.
If the conversation turns controversial: “I hate that players flip their bats after home runs. It’s so selfish.”
You can always come back with: Do you hate touchdown celebrations? Are you upset when players unleash a great dunk in basketball? In fact, I know that’s not true because I saw you spike the football during our annual family football game, Uncle Drew.
Plus, many baseball-playing cultures outside the United States have no problem with bat flips. They see a bat flip or on-field celebration as simply an extension of their enjoyment of playing the sport.
“It’s not respectful to the sport.”
Having fun isn’t respectful? As Willie Stargell said, “It’s supposed to be fun, the man says ‘Play Ball’ not ‘Work Ball’ you know.” Ken Griffey Jr. is even in support of bat flips. Would you want to disagree with Ken Griffey Jr!? He’s baseball royalty. Mickey Mantle bat flipped.
Clair also writes about topics including: Shifts and the Cy Young award. To read about these and more, visit his article at: https://www.mlb.com/cut4/thanksgiving-baseball-conversation-guide/c-300963188
Have a happy holiday!
Did you know that today in 1934, the Yankees purchased Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. The son of Italian immigrants will be one of the three brothers to play in the major leagues.
Joe DiMaggio, born on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California, was a true baseball legend. To read more on this retired player, you can click here or visit our Spotlight on Retired Players section and click on Joe DiMaggio.
The Yankees also signed Pascual Perez to a three-year, $5.7 million contract in 1989. The free-agent deal will prove to be disastrous for New York when the right-handed starter spends 150 weeks on the disabled list, and MLB suspends him for the entire 1992 season after failing another drug test.
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Baseball has long been considered America’s pastime, so much that The Library of Congress has put together an exhibit called “Baseball Americana.” This exhibit focuses on the history of baseball all over the United States. The exhibit will “explore baseball’s gritty roots, its changing traditions and the game today. It is a story the nation’s library can uniquely tell, showcasing items that cannot be found anywhere else” according to Brett Zongker of the Library of Congress. This exhibit is split into five sections: Origins and Early Days, Who’s Playing?, At the Ballpark, The Promise of Baseball, and The Art and Science of Baseball.
“Origins and Early Days” will feature the development of baseball from its early forms, when Massachusetts Town Ball and the New York Game battled for supremacy, to the game we know today. “Who’s Playing?” will encompass the variety of participants and the diverse array of ball clubs that ruled the sandlot, barnstormed the country or occupied magnificent stadiums. An integral piece of this story will be that of the players who have fought for the right to play as equals regardless of their race, ethnicity or gender. “At the Ballpark” will examine traditions and changes in the architecture and accouterments of baseball, fan interaction, music and media coverage. “The Promise of Baseball” will explore the many ways that the sport gave poor players a path out of poverty and new immigrants access and the ability to help shape American culture, as well as the economics and business of baseball and how the game has been used for diplomacy beyond U.S. borders. “The Art and Science of Baseball” considers the constant and changing views of mastering the game, building a team, getting an edge, tracking statistics and the art of winning.
“Baseball Americana” will be on view in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibition will be free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from now through Summer of 2019.
For those who can’t make it to the Library of Congress, the exhibit is on their website. You can explore different photographs and artifacts, some of which date all the way back to 1786! You can visit the online exhibition here!
Source: Library of Congress to Open Major Exhibition on Baseball in Summer 2018 by Brett Zongker
On July 11 2018, Bernie Williams led a successful record attempt for the Most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously at a Minor League all-stars baseball game. As reported in an article by Guinness World Records, Minor League Baseball fans at ARM & HAMMER Park in Trenton, New Jersey helped the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, set the record as part of its “Breathless™ Blowout” campaign. MiLB partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim and Bernie Williams for the campaign with the record attempt being the pinnacle of the season-long drive that has raised awareness for the rare lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
Williams, a former Yankee, five-time All Star and IPF spokesperson, directed 881 people on 11 July to blow a bubble simultaneously and made the event an exciting experience for families, kids, and baseball fans. His father, Bernabé, passed away from IPF in 2001. In order to surpass the minimum, hundreds of Minor League Baseball fans and event participants had to all chew a piece of gum for at least one minute and then blow a bubble that would remain inflated for at least 30 seconds.
Eric Lipsman, Sr. Vice President of Corporate Sales & Sponsorship of Trenton Thunder said, “We had a sold-out crowd for the All-Star Game so the pressure was on to break the record. Bernie Williams helped rally the crowd on the field to blow bubbles, and the fans and staff came together to make it happen — all for a good cause. The night ended with fireworks as our record achievement was announced and was a truly unforgettable moment!”
Source: Yankees legend leads chewing gum record at baseball all-stars game By Lauren Festa
A baseball featuring signatures of the first Cooperstown hall of fame class recently sold for a record-breaking $623,369. SCP Auctions sent out a tweet stating “Yes, @SCPAuctions is proud to set the new world record price for any autographed baseball. $623,369. Previous records were Babe Ruth single-signed for $388K followed by Ruth/Gehrig dual-signed for $343K.” The ball features 11 signatures out of the 12 inductees, that includes: Babe Ruth, Cy Young, Ty Cobb, and Walter Johnson. The one signature missing is that of Lou Gehrig, who was too sick to attend the ceremony. The signatures on the ball were collected at the time by White Sox third baseman Marv Owen. Owen stored the ball in a fur-lined glove in a safe-deposit box, which kept the signatures in pristine condition by the time he died in 1991. “The sheer greatness of this ball is simply unrivaled,” SCP Auctions president David Kohler said in a statement. “Its historical importance compounded by the impeccable provenance and state of preservation elevate it to singular status as the most important and valuable autographed baseball in the world. The final price certainly proved this.”
Source: Signed ball by inaugural Hall of Fame inductees sells for record price by Darren Rovell ESPN
It is no secret that baseball is one of America’s favorite pastimes, but it also played a major role in war relief funds during World War II. One game in particular left it’s mark on July 28, 1943, where the Cloudbusters, a group of major league players training to become fighter pilots in the Navy, played the Yanklands, a blended team consisting of the Yankees and Indians at Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth managed the Yanklands in an effort to draw in crowds for the war-relief efforts. The Cloudbusters had a lineup that included 24-year-old Ted Williams and his Red Sox teammate, Johnny Pesky. Along with Boston Braves hurler Johnny Sain and infielder Buddy Gremp, it was a star-studded line up that hoped to raise enough money for the war at hand.
The Cloudbusters were among the roughly 500 major league players who suspended their careers to serve in the war. Former Yankees serving as Cloudbuster coaches included Buddy Hassett, who had filled Lou Gehrig’s shoes at first base for the Yankees in 1942, and outfielder Dusty Cooke, who played in the 1930s.
Williams and even coaches like Hassett were battered, bruised and exhausted from their physical training in the Navy. And the Cloudbusters, who played more than 40 games that season, did not earn a cent for making the kidney-jarring, overnight trek to New York on a bus. Everyone paid admission that day, including Ruth and Yankees management, reporters and umpires, even the players wearing jerseys for the Yankees and the Indians. Despite the exhaustion, the Cloudbusters beat the Yanklands 11-3 that day. In the end, many seats at Yankee Stadium remained empty. The crowd of 27,281 generated about $30,000, a disappointment compared to war bond games that raised much more. Still, some moments would leave an impact in baseball history.
Williams and Ruth had met for the first time just two weeks earlier at a military All-Star charity game at Fenway Park. Now they were together at Yankee Stadium, resulting in an iconic photograph of the two greatest hitters of all time. It showed them sitting on footlockers with Williams outfitted in military khakis and lighting Ruth’s cigar. Williams asked Ruth to sign a ball that day and it was believed to be the first and only instance in which Williams asked another celebrity for an autograph. The ball, which was later stolen and recovered, would become one of his prized possessions.
That day Ruth made his last plate appearance in his No. 3 jersey at Yankee Stadium. He hit one “mighty foul” into the stands, according to The Times, then walked.
Ruth viewed his role with the Yanklands as a job audition, envisioning a sought-after managing offer from the Yankees, but was only a show pony to raise war-relief dollars. Sain, then 25, was the last pitcher to face Ruth in an organized game. A few years later he became the first Major League Baseball player to throw a pitch to Jackie Robinson. Hassett, who served in the Navy until 1945, never made it back to the major leagues, having sacrificed prime playing years during the war.
Of the major league players who served in the war, fewer than 45 are still alive. But the memories of that era, including that unusual doubleheader in 1943, endure.
Source: First, the Yankees Played the Indians. Then World War ll Took the Field by Anne Raugh Keene The New York Times
Any Yankees fan who sat down to watch the All-Star game on Tuesday night witnessed The Judge slam a homer off Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer. In the top of the second inning, Aaron Judge hit a home run, placing the American League ahead 1-0. This was the first hit a Yankee made in the All-Star game since Derek Jeter in 2014, and the first home run in the All-Star Game since Jason Giambi hit off Billy Wagner in 2002.
Rookie teammate Gleyber Torres captured video of Jugde’s home run from the dug out, posted on his twitter. While Torres may still need some practice with video posting, you can see Judge’s hit and hear the celebratory reactions of his teammates. You can view the video below.
— Gleyber Torres (@TorresGleyber) July 18, 2018
The American League went on to win the game 8-6, continuing with their six game winning streak. Overall, there were a record 10 Home runs by both teams, breaking the previous All-Star home run record of six homers. To read more about Judge’s All-Star home run, you can go here. Thank you to Matt Snyder from CBS Sports for posting the original article All-Star Game 2018: Aaron Judge breaks slight Yankees drought with home run off Max Scherzer.
For the second time this month, New York topped Houston 5-3 on Wednesday night. After Houston defeated the Yankees in the 2017 AL Championship Series, winning all seven games, it was a sweet victory to win this game. “Look it’s great to go up against the best and have some success, no question about it.” said Aaron Boone. He continued saying “But I would say it;s just a long season. I think both sides have a lot of confidence that, yeah, we have a chance to have special seasons.”
Severino allowed four hits during the night, including Max Stassi’s two-run homer. He also walked one in, winning his sixth consecutive division. The right hand pitcher who hasn’t lost since April 10th at Boston, threw a five-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his first career complete game in a 4-0 victory over Houston on May 2nd. Astros Manager AJ Hinch said after the game “He’s elite for a reason and I think we saw why tonight. They’re a good team and you have to play well to beat them.”
Pitcher for the Astros Keuchel dropped his third straight start against them– including the playoffs. The left-hander gave up four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. “Hopefully, we’ll see each other in October.” Yankees catcher Austin Romine, who scored twice during the game mentioned “He knows how to pitch, Anytime you see someone a lot, you start to pick up on some tendencies.”
Thank you to ESPN for the original article. You can read more here.
The Yankees won their spring training opener on Friday with a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. This was new manager Aaron Boone’s first victory. “It’s always fun to shake hands [after a victory].” Boone said in his office after the games. “But I think for the first day we did a lot of things well.” The Yankees followed up this win with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Since some of the projected starters haven’t played yet, both games were a chance for the teams prospects and players looking for spots on the major league lineup to showcase their skills. We wait eagerly to see how the team will progress during the rest of spring training and onto the official baseball season!
Click the video below to watch some highlights from the first winning game of Spring training!
Last night was the fourth game for the Yankees in the AL Division Series. The Yankees swept the game against the Cleveland Indians, ending with a score of 7 to 3. During the second inning, Indian’s player Giovanny Urshela made an error that allowed the Bombers to score four unearned runs. The number of unearned runs made during the game ties a club postseason single-game record (Game 2 of the 1960 World Series.) During the second inning Aaron Judge hit a double, plating the third and fourth runs of the game.
Luis Severino was the star of the game. He rebounded from his wild-card disaster in the biggest of ways; Pitching seven strong innings, and giving up three runs on four hits. Severino blazed through the first inning and needed just 18 pitches to records three outs, a vast improvement over last week. Tune in on Wednesday at 8:08PM to see who will take the cake!
On Sunday night, the Yankees extended their AL Division Series stay by having a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The star of the game was Masahiro Tanaka; This was his second playoff start. Striking out seven, walking one and surrendering just three hits using 92 total pitches. Tanaka needed 11 pitches to record a 1-2-3 first inning, including the strikeouts of Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. A notable play of the game was Aaron Judge’s catch at the wall in right to rob Francisco Lindor of a two-run home run during the sixth inning.
A turning point during the game was Greg Bird’s seventh-inning home run off Andrew Miller. Bird homered off stud Indians lefty reliever and former Yankee Andrew Miller, helping the team climb back into this playoff series with a 1-0 win. Cleveland still leads the best-of-five series 2-1. See what happens for the Yankees in game three, tonight at 7:08PM.
Yankees rookie, Aaron Judge, took home the Home Run Derby Champion trophy last night. Many colossal hits were recorded that night from Judge, four of which surpassed 500 feet. “I’ve never seen anything like that. Not only the home runs, but to go opposite field so many times. He made this ballpark look like nothing. I thought I’d seen it all before, but he’s something else. He didn’t even look tired.” former Yankee, Robinson Cano said. Earlier in the night, Judge stated that he had no expectations going into the competition. “I’m just going to go in there, have some fun and see what happens.” Aaron Judge had participated in only one other Derby; The 2012 college version while he attended Fresno State. Judge was initially booed but won over the crowd of 37,027, hitting a total of 47 homers against just 29 “outs.”
Well friends, it is a bittersweet day for Baseball fans. The World Series is over, marking the end of the 2016 season. Even though we won’t be seeing our beloved Yanks take the field for quite some time, the Yankees announced that they are undergoing some major changes to Yankee Stadium. According to The Daily News, the Stadium will undergo its first series of major design enhancements since the ballpark opened in 2009, adding seven new social gathering spaces as well as additional food and beverage areas.
Yankees fans will have the opportunity to spend time with guests who have tickets in other sections of the Stadium, allowing all guests to be able to enjoy the game from multiple vantage points while having unique food and drink options available to them. In addition to the new gathering spaces, there will also be a new Sunrun Kid’s Clubhouse. It is going to be the first-ever children’s zone at the ballpark. Shaped like a mini-baseball field with a soft, artificial surface, the 2,850-square-foot area will be located on the 300 level in right field, outfitted with oversized baseballs, bases and baseball cards as well as a six-foot-high replica World Series trophy.
They are also adding a MasterCard Batter’s Eye Deck located on the 200 level in center field, Bullpen Landings on the 100 level in left and right field, an AT&T Sports Lounge featuring DirecTV service in Section 134 and Budweiser Party Decks in
Sections 311 and 328 featuring shaded stand-alone bar areas.
In order to fit all of these new amenities, the Yankees are removing just under 2,100 seats, including 1,100 obstructed-view bleacher seats and approximately 600 Terrace level seats. But the good news is that more than 200,000 additional tickets priced $15 or less will be made available for the 2017 regular season, according to the team.
So hang in there Yankees fans! There will be a lot to look forward to in the near future!
Thanks to The Daily News for providing the article on Yankee Stadium! To read the original article by Mark Feinsand, you can go here. To see more photos of the planning, you can visit Newsday’s post here.
CC Sabathia, left-handed pitcher for the Yankees, is scheduled to have knee surgery sometime next week, according to Brian Cashman. This was announced during the general manager’s season-ending news conference at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
Cashman said the unspecified problem has been pending toward the end of a season. Sabathia finished with a 9-12 record and a 3.91 ERA in 30 starts. He also explained that though he doesn’t know the specifics, it is a routine clean up surgery and is not considered to be serious. CC has already had surgery on the same knee, ending his 2014 season after eight starts. He’s been pitching with a brace on that knee since the end of the ’15 season.
Sabathia’s contract option for 2017 is worth $25 million vested at the end of the season when he didn’t finish on the disabled list with a left shoulder injury. He had surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow after the ’12 season, but he has never had a problem with his shoulder.
Sabathia, 36, is expected to again be in the Yankees’ rotation next season, along with Tanaka and Pineda.
Sabathia finished the season with a flourish, allowing just a single run in three of his last four starts. In his final start this past Thursday against the Red Sox, he went 7 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks. He struck out eight and earned the decision in a 5-1 win. Sabathia’s 223 wins are second among active pitchers behind Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon, who has 233.
To read more and see a video of ‘Sabathia’s Winning Start’ you can go here.
24-year-old Ben Gamel is the younger brother of former Brewers top prospect Mat Gamel and made his Major League debut with the Yanks earlier this year in May. He’s logged just 10 plate appearances at the big league level (eight official at-bats), collecting one hit and one walk, but turned in a very solid season at the Triple-A level with the Yankees’ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate. In 533 plate appearances, Gamel batted .308/.365/.420 with six homers and 19 stolen bases while appearing at all three outfield positions.This week Gamel was named the International MVP but then he was traded right to the Mariners! The teams announced the trade, adding that the Mariners are sending right-handed pitchers Jio Orozco and Juan De Paula to the Yankees in return.
Prior to this trade, Gamel rated 24th among Yankees prospects in the eyes of Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. That duo praised Gamel’s line-drive, all-fields approach at the plate and rated both his hit tool and speed as above-average, noting that while he lacks the plus speed of some center fielders he makes up for some of that with terrific instincts and quick reads off the bat. Gamel hit a career-high 10 home runs but is more of a threat to rack up doubles and triples — a skill set that would seem to fit well in Seattle’s spacious home park. Gamel figures to, at worst, profile as a fourth outfield candidate for the Mariners but could play his way into a bigger role if he’s able to carry over the success he’s enjoyed in 245 career Triple-A games (.304/.361/.447).
We won’t see prospects like Clint Frazier or Jonathan Holder among the September call-ups is because “the Yankees anticipate a 40-man roster crunch this off-season.” What does that mean? It means they’re going to have more players that should be on the 40-man roster than actually can be on the 40-man roster. To prevent teams from just stockpiling talent in the minors at no consequence, the Rule 5 Draft was instituted, and this year the Yankees are going to be paying close attention.
Who is Rule 5 Draft eligible? Good question. Players who have played pro ball for 5 seasons (if they were signed at 18 or younger) or played 4 seasons (if they were signed 19 or older). Also, basically any draftees prior to 2013. Who else needs to be added to the 40-man roster? After the season ends the Yankees will have to make a decision on 60-day DLers like Greg Bird, Dustin Ackley, and Branden Pinder. If they want to reinstate those players to the 40-man roster, others have to go.
So, add that all up and you have way too many players for only 40 roster spots. Ben Gamel, even though very talented, was simply taking up valuable real estate and with the absurd outfield depth the Yankees have at this moment (Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, Blake Rutherford, Dustin Fowler, and Billy McKinney…to name 5), Ben Gamel was a long shot to contribute to the Yankees at the major league level.
Let’s just hope that Gamel doesn’t come back with a vengeance!
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With all of the records in Major League Baseball, it can be hard to loose track of who makes them and who breaks them. Although there seems to be a record for just about everything, here is a list of hitting records that may just be unbreakable.
Most career hits – 4,256 Set by Pete Rose, who played from 1963–86. The active MLB leader in career hits is Alex Rodriguez, who had 3,084 as of May 4, 2016. To get within 6 hits of tying Rose, a player would have to collect 250 hits over 17 consecutive seasons, or more than 200 hits over the course of 21 seasons. In the past 81 years, only Ichiro Suzuki has topped 250 hits in a season (in 2004). As of July 29, 2016, Ichiro has 2,998 MLB hits and 1,278 hits in the Japanese major leagues for a combined, unofficial total of 4,257, one more than Rose’s record; however, Ichiro’s hits from Japan’s major leagues are not counted toward his MLB total. At the same time, Miguel Cabrera has 2,331 hits after 13 seasons and would have to average 193 hits over 10 additional seasons to break the record.
Most consecutive seasons with 200 hits – 10 Set by Ichiro Suzuki, who attained this record from 2001–10. The player who was the closest to obtaining this record is Willie Keeler, who had 8 consecutive seasons with 200 hits that occurred almost a century prior in the dead-ball era. Only José Altuve, with two consecutive 200-hit seasons, entered the 2016 season with a current streak of even two such seasons.
Most career triples – 309 Set by Sam Crawford from 1899–1916. The next closest player is Ty Cobb, who has 14 fewer triples at 295. Because of changes in playing styles and conditions that began around 1920 and have continued into the present from the dead-ball era to the live-ball era, the number of triples hit has declined noticeably since then. Among hitters whose entire careers were in the live-ball era, the leader in career triples is Stan Musial, with 177. For a player to threaten Crawford’s record, he would have to average 15 triples over 20 seasons just to get to 300. Between 2000 and 2009 the Major League leader in triples finished each year with an average of 17. The closest active player is Carl Crawford, with 122 career triples.
Most triples in a season – 36 Set by Chief Wilson in 1912. Only two other players have ever had 30 triples in a season (Dave Orr with 31 in 1886 and Heinie Reitz with 31 in 1894), while the closest anyone has come in the century since Wilson set the record is 26, shared by Sam Crawford (1914) and Kiki Cuyler (1925). Only six hitters have had 20 triples in the last 50 years: George Brett (20 in 1979), Willie Wilson (21 in 1985), Lance Johnson (21 in 1996), Cristian Guzmán (20 in 2000), Curtis Granderson (23 in 2007) and Jimmy Rollins (20 in 2007).
Most grand slams in a single inning – 2 Set by Fernando Tatís in 1999. Only twelve other players have ever hit two grand slams in a single game. However, breaking the record would require a player to hit three grand slams in a single inning. Over 50 players have hit two home runs in a single inning, but no MLB player has so much as hit three home runs in one inning. However, one minor league player, Gene Rye, has achieved the feat of hitting three home runs in a single inning.
Highest career batting average – .366 Set by Ty Cobb in 1928 after beginning his career in 1905. Cobb managed to hit .323 in his final season at age 41. The next closest player is Rogers Hornsby who had a batting average of .358; Hornsby’s career straddled the dead-ball and live-ball eras, with most of it being in the live-ball era. There are only 3 players with a career average over .350, and the highest batting average among those who played their entire careers in the live-ball era is Ted Williams’ .344. Since 1928, there have been only 46 seasons in which a hitter reached .366 and only Tony Gwynn attained that mark at least four times, finishing with a career .338 batting average.The active player with the highest batting average is Miguel Cabrera at .321.
Most RBI in a single season – 191 Set by Hack Wilson, who batted in 191 runs in 1930. Only Hank Greenberg and Lou Gehrig, at 183 and 184, ever came close and there have been no real challenges to the unbreakable record for over 75 years.
Highest career on-base percentage – .482 Set by Ted Williams from 1939 to 1960. Williams, the last man to hit .400 in a MLB season (.406 in 1941), won six American League batting titles, two Triple Crowns, and two MVP awards. He ended his career with 521 home runs and a .344 career batting average. Williams achieved these numbers and honors despite missing nearly five full seasons to military service and injuries. The next-closest player in career OBP is Babe Ruth at .474. Since Williams’ retirement, only four players have posted an OBP above .482 in a season, with Barry Bonds the only one to do so more than once. Bonds ended his career with an OBP of .444; the leader among active players is Joey Votto, at .423.
Longest hitting streak – 56 games Set by Joe DiMaggio, 1941. Probably the most unbreakable record of them all. Highlights include a .404 batting average and 91 hits. DiMaggio’s achievement is such a statistical aberration in its unlikelihood that sabermetrician Stephen Jay Gould called it “the most extraordinary thing that ever happened in American sports”. The next closest player is Willie Keeler, who had a hitting streak of 11 fewer games at 45 over 2 seasons. There have been only six 40-game hitting streaks, the most recent one occurring in 1978, when Pete Rose hit in 44 straight games. This also marked the only time since 1941 that a player has reached a 40-game hitting streak. Since 1900, no player other than DiMaggio has ever hit safely in 55 of 56 games and no active players (as of 2011) have their two longest career hit streaks even add up to 56 games. The improbability of DiMaggio’s hit streak ever being broken has been attributed to the increased use of the bullpen and specialist relievers. After his 56th game, DiMaggio was walked in the next game and then went another 16 games with a hit.
To read more about these hitting records, you can go here.
Throughout the history of Major League Baseball, pitchers have been known to set records, many of which seem impossible to even come close to breaking with today’s standard procedures. From Nolan Ryan to Cy Young, a list has been compiled of pitching records that may never be broken in the future of MLB.
Most career wins – 511 Set by Cy Young in 1890–1911. For a player to accomplish this, he would have to average 25 wins in 20 seasons just to get to 500. In the past 38 years, only 3 pitchers (Ron Guidry in 1978, Bob Welch in 1990, and Steve Stone in 1980) have had one season with 25 wins. Between 2000 and 2009, the Major League leader finished each year with an average of 21. The pitcher with the most career wins during the 2015 season (222 wins), Tim Hudson, retired, making 43-year-old Bartolo Colón the active leader entering the 2016 season, with 218 wins.
Most wins in a season – 59 Set by Old Hoss Radbourn, in 1884. Most pitchers in today’s game start 30–35 games per season, and thus do not start enough games to break the record. The most games started by a pitcher in the 2014 season was 34, accomplished by six pitchers. This means that even if a pitcher were to win every game started in this scenario, he would still fall 25 wins short of tying Radbourn’s record. The last pitcher to win 30 games in a season was Denny McLain in 1968 and the last pitcher to win 25 games in a season was Bob Welch in 1990.
Most career complete games – 749 Set by Cy Young, 1890–1911. Highlights of this record include: nine 40-complete-game seasons, eighteen 30-complete-game seasons and completing 92 percent of his total career starts (815). For a player to accomplish this, he would have to average 30 complete games over 25 seasons to get to 750.
The closest active player is the 36-year-old CC Sabathia with 38 complete games.
Most complete games in a season – 75 The all-time record of 75 was set by Will White in 1879; the modern-era record of 48 was set by Jack Chesbro in 1904. Sports Illustrated has said about this record, “Even if the bar is lowered to begin with the Live Ball era (which began in 1920), the mark would still be untouchable.” The most complete games recorded in a live-ball season is 33, achieved twice at the dawn of that era—by Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1920 and Burleigh Grimes in 1923. According to Sports Illustrated, modern starters can expect to start about 34 games in a season.
Most career shutouts – 110 Set by Walter Johnson, 1907–27. He had eleven 6-shutout seasons and lead the league in shutouts 7 times.The next closest player is Grover Cleveland Alexander, who has 20 fewer shutouts at 90. As is the case for career wins and complete games, Warren Spahn holds the record among pitchers whose entire careers were in the live-ball era, with 63. For a player to tie Johnson’s record, he would have to pitch 5 shutouts every season for 22 years. Between 2000 and 2009 the Major League leader in shutouts finished each year with an average of 4. The closest active player is Colón with 13.
Most consecutive no-hitters – 2 Set by Johnny Vander Meer on June 11 and 15, 1938. Despite holding this record, he finished his career with a 119–121 win–loss record. The prospect of a pitcher breaking this record by hurling three consecutive no-hitters is so unimaginable that LIFE described this as “the most unbreakable of all baseball records.” Ewell Blackwell came the closest to matching Vander Meer after following up a no-hitter with eight no-hit innings in 1947. In 1988, Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays had consecutive no-hitters going with two outs in the ninth; both were broken up by singles. Between 2000 and 2009, 20 no-hitters were pitched, and the closest anyone came in the 21st century is Max Scherzer, who in 2015 threw a one-hitter and no-hitter in consecutive starts, respectively losing out on perfect games in the seventh inning and on the 27th batter.
Most career no-hitters – 7 Set by Nolan Ryan, 1966–93. Sandy Koufax is second with 4 no-hitters. Between 2000 and 2009 there were 20 no-hitters and no other pitcher has tossed more than three no hitters. Only 32 pitchers have thrown 2 or more no-hitters, and of the 18 active pitchers that have thrown a no-hitter, only six have pitched more than one.
Most career strikeouts – 5,714 Set by Nolan Ryan, 1966–93. Highlights include: six 300-strikeout seasons, fifteen 200-strikeout seasons, and leading the league in strikeouts 11 times. To accomplish this record, Ryan played the most seasons (27) in MLB history. The closest active player is Sabathia, with 2,574 strikeouts.
Most career bases on balls – 2,795 Set by Nolan Ryan, 1966–93. Ryan ended up with 50 percent more bases on balls than any other pitcher in history. The next closest is Steve Carlton with 1,833. The only active player with as many as 1,000 is A. J. Burnett, with 1,100 bases on balls at the end of the 2015 season.
Most career saves – 652 Set by Mariano Rivera, 1995–2013. Highlights include 15 consecutive seasons with 25 or more saves, 9 consecutive seasons with 30 or more saves and 15 seasons with 30 or more saves (all three are records). After Trevor Hoffman, who retired with 601 career saves, the next-closest pitcher in saves is Lee Smith, with 478. For a player to reach Rivera’s record, he would have to earn an average of 35 saves for 17 consecutive seasons just to get to 595 saves or 40 saves for 16 consecutive years to reach 640. As of the end of the 2015 season, the closest active player is 34-year-old Francisco Rodríguez, who has 386 saves and is 266 saves behind.
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At this point, Baseball season is in full swing and with so much going on, it can be easy to loose track of important scores and stats. But, have no fear, because there is an app for that! The following is a list of the very best baseball apps to help you keep track of your favorite teams (Go Yankees!).
- MLB.com At Bat is the official app of the Major Leagues and lets you watch games live, see all sorts of stats and player info, and even stay up to date on breaking news. While there are some options for in-app purchases, you are still able to see scores and standings for your favorite team at no cost.
- WatchESPN allows you to stream live games as well as check out replays and stats. WatchESPN brings you 24/7 live programming from your favorite ESPN networks!
- The MLB at the Ballpark application perfectly complements and personalizes your trip with mobile check-in, social media, offers, rewards and exclusive content. Select MLB ballparks also offer mobile food ordering and merchandise ordering and seat and experience upgrade components. Now you won’t have to miss a single minute of the game!
- The CBS Sports Fantasy app is perfect for those fans who manage their own fantasy baseball teams. This app allows you to check stats and projections for the season. It also keeps you up to date on all of the players and team draft picks. Other features include live scoring, league talk, and personalized content!
- GameChanger provides free score keeping tools, advanced stats, and live updates for baseball and softball teams. It’s like having your own personal score card right in your phone!
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George Steinbrenner wasn’t called “The Boss” because of his charming personality. The man knew what had to be done and made it happen no matter the repercussions. If he was still around today, he would definitely have some opinions on the Yankees and probably fire a few people. If The Boss were still in control of the sinking Yankees, here are ten moves he would most likely make.
- Firing Joe Girardi. Despite Girardi’s World Series rings with the Yankees, both as a catcher and as a skipper, Steinbrenner would not go for Girardi’s constant defending of players, especially when they don’t deserve it.
- Hiring Bobby Valentine. Yes, this sounds absolutely insane but, The Boss would want to light a fire under his highly paid players. The Yankees’ clubhouse is filled with a lot of nice guys, but, as was the case in Boston, Bobby Valentine, a brilliant baseball mind, would probably rub some of them the wrong way. The Boss would like that.
- Hiring Seat Fillers. The daily eyesore that are the seats behind home plate at Yankee Stadium would drive The Boss nuts. What would he do? He would borrow a page from the TV award shows and hire seat-fillers for the Legends seats. Despite how sad it is that one of the world’s greatest stadiums would have to resort to Hollywood shenanigans, it would look better and be a tangible response to what has become a source of mockery.
- Firing Bobby Valentine. When Steinbrenner was around, there was only one man who could be the center of attention. Valentine creates fires wherever he goes, so Steinbrenner would have to get rid of him.
- Hiring Wally Backman. One of the Boss’ trademark moves was attempting to steal the glory from the Mets — like adding Darryl Strawberry to the Yankees’ roster late in his career. The Mets right now have all the ingredients — mostly young stud pitching — to own this town if they don’t mess it up. While swiping their ex-manager, Valentine, might annoy some Mets fans, many would be envious if Backman — a beloved member of the 1986 Mets title team currently celebrating its 30th anniversary — were put in charge in the Bronx.
- Rip Jacoby Ellsbury in the Media. Ellsbury’s $153 million contract already looks like it could end up being one of the worst in franchise history. If The Boss were around, Ellsbury would not have such a cushy experience cashing his $21 million check each season.
- Fire Wally Backman. Like it is with Girardi and would be with Valentine, it’s the players. The Yankees are suffering through the hangover of the final years of long-term, big-money contracts. Still, Backman would take the fall.
- Make A-Rod Player-Manager. The whole Alex Rodriguez-Biogenesis saga was one of the craziest stories in sports history. How much more fun would it have been if the Boss were around to go toe-to-toe with A-Rod and his enablers? Well, with it all blown over and the Yankees struggling, the Boss would fire Backman and make A-Rod the manager. With A-Rod as manager, the Yankees might not be any better, but they would again become one of the most interesting teams in the game.
- Put Brian Cashman on Notice. General manager Brian Cashman has said he doesn’t decorate his Yankee Stadium office because The Boss told him to never feel comfortable. Steinbrenner, in good times, always had a connection with the fans, because he was as demanding as any Bleacher Creature. Though Cashman outlasted Steinbrenner, the GM did so because it was during a dynastic run. Cashman would have a hard time keeping his job if Steinbrenner were in his prime.
- Go After John Oliver. Steinbrenner would have aggressively responded to HBO talk-show host John Oliver and his Yankee Stadium stunt, perhaps calling him some sort of reptile,as The Boss was known to do.
You can read about Steinbrenner and much more here at ESPN.
Our retired number plaques are the perfect gift for any Yankees fan. These disks come in two sizes: large (10″ diameter) and small (6-3/4″ diameter). These disks are made with wooden/mdf disks and painted with blue pinstripes. Your favorite Yankees player number is then applied and then sent right to your door. Retired numbers include:
1 – Billy Martin, 2- Derek Jeter, 3 – Babe Ruth, 4 – Lou Gehrig, 5 – Joe DiMaggio, 6 – Joe Torre, 7 – Mickey Mantle, 8 – Bill Dickey, 8 – Yogi Berra, 9 – Roger Maris, 10 – Phil Rizzuto ,15 – Thurman Munson, 16 – Whitey Ford, 20 – Jorge Posada, 23 – Don Mattingly, 32 – Elston Howard, 37 – Casey Stengel, 42 – Mariano Rivera, 42 – Jackie Robinson, 44 – Reggie Jackson, 46 – Andy Pettite, 49 – Ron Guidry, 51 – Bernie Williams
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Nicknames in baseball seem to be more recognizable than players actual names, especially if you are a Yankees fan. Out of all of the nicknames given to these star athletes, here is a list of the greatest nicknames in Yankees history.
10- Coming in at number 10, is Phil Rizzuto. Nicknamed “Scooter,” this alias came about because of the way he ran around the bases. Rizzuto was signed by the Yankees in 1937 and spent the next six decades as part of the Bombers’ family as a player and broadcaster. After retiring in the 1957, Rizzuto scooted to the broadcast booth to begin a nearly 40-year stint as one of the voices of the Yankees. Famed for his catchphrase “Holy Cow!” and his love of cannoli, Scooter certainly proved to be no huckleberry behind the mike either.
9- Next at number 9 is Mickey Mantle. Better known as The Mick, Muscles or The Commerce Comet, there’s not a space long enough to list the greatness that is Mickey Mantle, whose pair of nicknames stem from his hitting ability (a .298 career average with 532 home runs) and his hometown (Commerce, Oklahoma). Contrary to what the latter moniker might suggest, Mantle only stole 153 bases in his 18-year career … but then again, after patrolling the cavernous center field in the old Yankee Stadium for nearly two decades, we can excuse The Mick if his legs were a little tired sometimes.
8- Lawrence Peter Berra, better known as Yogi, holds the number 8 spot on this list. His name is so iconic that many don’t even know his real name! You may think his moniker stems from Yogi Bear, who shares a similar offbeat wit as Berra, but it was actually earned when a friend observed Yogi’s cross-legged method of sitting. This caption would be remiss without a mention of his famous Yogi-isms, but his witty barbs are far too numerous to attempt to pare down. Hey, it gets late early around here.
7- Who better to hold the next spot than Joseph DiMaggio. At number 7, this man better known as “Joltin’ Joe,” “The Yankee Clipper,” or simply “Joe,” hit in 56 straight games, a record still yet to be broken. The guy who married Marilyn Monroe and whose name has even made a few song appearances, certainly deserves a spot on this list.
6- Next up is Don Mattingly, also known as “Donnie Baseball,” was the face of the New York Yankees in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, a franchise cornerstone who won nine Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers. He was named team captain in 1991, and his No. 23 was retired in 1997. Amazingly, about the only thing Mattingly never did in pinstripes was win a championship but, we still like him anyway.
5- Lou Gehrig is next. Coming in at number 5, “The Iron Horse,” first appeared as a pinch hitter on June 1, 1925. Gehrig started at first base the next day in place of a slumping Wally Pipp. He then showed up to work for the next 2,130 consecutive game days, even while (unknowingly) suffering from the beginning effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – the cruel disease which prematurely ended his career and his life, and would later be named in his memory. Cal Ripken would later break Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played, but on the day his new record streak ended, Baltimore’s opponent was, fittingly, the New York Yankees.
4- Reggie Jackson holds the number 4 spot with his nickname “Mr. October.” Reginald Martinez Jackson polarized the Yankees’ fan base like perhaps no other. Reggie claimed to be the “straw that stirs the drink” upon coming to the Bronx in 1977, and backed that up by helping lead the Yankees to their first World Championship in 15 years. That fall, Reggie truly earned the nickname accidentally given to him by Thurman Munson. Jackson hit .450 and slugged an astounding 1.250 in the 1977 World Series, bashing a Series-record five home runs.
3- Coming in at number 3, is Derek Jeter. Better known as “Mr. November,” “Mr. Yankee,” or even “Captain Clutch,” this man hit a game-winning home run in the early morning hours of November 1, 2001. The Yankees won another World Series thanks to Jeter’s hit and prompted the scoreboard operator (in homage to Reggie Jackson) to crown Derek as “Mr. November.”
2- Probably the man with the most nicknames in baseball history, George Herman Ruth comes in at number 2. Better known as The Babe, The King of Crash, The Sultan of Swat, The Colossus of Clout, or The Great Bambino, it is hard to pick just one alias. With a .342 career average, 714 home runs, and a legendary curse named after him, Ruth’s record speaks for itself. And to this day, the original Yankee Stadium is still known as “The House That Ruth Built.”
1-Finally, the number one nickname in Yankees history belongs to George Steinbrenner. Better known as “The Boss,” he purchased the Yankees from CBS in 1973, the team had gone eight years since appearing in the World Series – then the franchise’s longest Fall Classic drought since their first appearance in 1921.Over the next five years, Steinbrenner orchestrated a complete overhaul of the franchise, from the players and the staff right down to the complete renovation of Yankee Stadium. It paid off, and in 1977, the Yankees brought the Commissioner’s Trophy back to the Bronx for the first time since 1962. That was just the beginning of three more decades of decadence, as Steinbrenner did whatever was necessary to make the Yankees baseball’s pre-eminent franchise in perpetuity, including pioneering the first deal between an MLB team and a cable network – paving the way for the YES Network as you know it today.
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You’re killing me Smalls! The Yankees have recreated one of the most famous scenes from The Sandlot. Probably one of the most recognizable movies in baseball, the movie brings to life the dedication and passion of the game through the eyes of a group of youths. Throughout the cult classic, the kids idolize the one and only, Babe Ruth.
During the most iconic scene of the movie Smalls, the main character, brings a baseball signed by the Sultan of Swat to the field. The boys end up loosing the ball and it is only then that Smalls tells everyone just who signed the baseball. The group of kids cannot believe that they played with a baseball signed by The Babe. Brett Gardner takes on the naive role of Smalls while Jacoby Ellsbury, Dellin Betances, C.C. Sabathia, Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann play the incredulous Sandlot kids. The group of Yankees reenact the scene perfectly. You can see the video below. To see some of the hilarious outtakes, you can go here.
As many of us know, David Bowie passed away January 11 at the age of 69. This man was not only a legendary musician, but was also involved in the fashion world as well as the internet. Yes, it is true, David Bowie founded the internet company known as UltraStar.
UltraStar was a company that had a plan to bring celebrities online by creating their own ISPs and portals filled with customized online content. These would be on-ramps to the “Information Superhighway” for the celebrities’ fans, and UltraStar would make sure there would be plenty of billboards dedicated to the celebs as fans sped by. But how does this connect David Bowie to the New York Yankees?
His company created the Yankees official website. The website offered fans dial-up Internet access and membership in an online fan club, which is dated now but was a huge highlight when first debuted. “We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with the premier team in all of sports,” Bowie once said in a statement. “We hope to deal with one of the most profound unanswered questions in all of sports: Paul O’Neill can play drums, Bernie Williams can play guitar, but who’s on bass?”
Bowie was also part of a team in his early years. Bowie was a member of a group of expatriate Canadians who had a team called the Dulwich Blue Jays, and they’d play on weekends. He used to play in the outfield.
To read more about Bowie’s UltraStar Startup, you can go here.
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Sadly, we lost another Yankees great on the 13th of January. Luis Arroyo, the first Puerto Rican pitcher to ever play on the New York Yankees passed away on Wednesday from cancer. He was 88 years old.
Arroyo teamed up with the Yankees between 1960-1963, where he finished sixth in AL MVP voting after posting a 2.19 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 119 innings. He also saved 29 games to lead the league. Though Arroyo’s best seasons were with the Yankees, he was also a member of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Arroyo is most famously remembered for his screwball pitch. He said once that he could “keep the hitters guessing and can usually get [his] stuff over the plate. There’s not much more to pitching than that.” Yogi Berra added that his screwball “works two ways for Luis. For one thing, it’s a difficult pitch to hit. And, for another, the hitter seems to be always looking for it, enabling Luis to fool ’em with his fast one or his other curve.” Many men were in awe of the famous screwball.
Arroyo carried the Yanks to many successes. Whitey Ford also had something to say about Luis Arroyo. A Sports Illustrated article quoted the staff ace: “If I win 25, I’m going to hold out for $100,000 and split it with Luis.” Arroyo said he’d settle for 60-40. When Ford got his 20th victory of the season — for the first time in his superb career — and he merrily proclaimed in the clubhouse, “Beer for everybody on me, and make it two for my boy, Luis.”That was the tenth of 13 saves Arroyo picked up for Ford, who indeed went on to win 25 that season. In addition to inviting Arroyo to finish his 1961 Cy Young Award acceptance speech, Whitey kept his word, giving the closer a financial boost.
Arroyo’s glory was, however, short-lived. He injured his arm the following spring; while he pitched for two more seasons, he never regained his prior effectiveness. Arroyo retired after appearing in only six innings in the 1963 season. Over the course of his MLB career, he pitched 5311⁄3 innings with a 3.93 ERA, collecting 40 wins, 32 losses, and 44 saves.
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Nearly all of us know who Joe DiMaggio is, if not from his outstanding baseball career, then from his marriage to Marilyn Monroe. No matter how you remember this baseball legend, the one thing that has stood the test of time is his 56 game hitting streak. Nobody in baseball has been able to beat this streak. Many believe that sheer luck helped DiMaggio reach this record, as the only player to come close to this shattering record was Pete Rose, who hit 44 times. When the streak began on May 15, the Yanks were 14-14, 5 1/2 games behind Cleveland in fourth place. After Game No. 56 of the streak, the Yankees were 55-27 and first place with a 6-game lead over Cleveland.
During his streak, DiMaggio hit .408 (91-for-223), with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs and after extending the streak to 56 on July 16, DiMaggio led the American League in runs (80), hits (124) and RBIs (76), was tied for the lead in HR (20) and was second to Ted Williams in batting (.395 to .375). He homered for his only hit vs. Boston on July 2 — the day Lou Gehrig died. Also during the streak, he faced four future Hall of Fame pitchers — Lefty Grove, Hal Newhouser (twice), Bob Feller and Ted Lyons.
As DiMaggio’s fame increased, Alan Courtney and Ben Horner wrote the song, “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio” that became a big hit for the Les Brown Orchestra, but the record wasn’t released until 1942. With all of this fame, it is hard to believe that his streak almost ended at 35! On June 24 against St. Louis, DiMaggio was hitless when he batted in the seventh inning, and Browns manager Luke Sewell ordered Bob Muncrief to “walk him!” Muncrief refused, Sewell relented and DiMaggio landed a single. DiMaggio was voted the American League MVP that season over Boston’s Ted Williams who hit .406 — the last time a major-leaguer hit over .400.
The streak was interrupted by the 1941 All-Star Game at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. DiMaggio was 1-for-4 against the National League. After the streak ended, DiMaggio confided to a teammate that failing to extend the streak for one more game cost him the $10,000 promised to him by the Heinz Corporation to endorse their Heinz 57 products. Imagine Joe DiMaggio, the face of Heinz products! It is hard to believe but, DiMaggio never bunted for a hit during his streak. The last pitcher to yield a hit to DiMaggio during the streak was Indians reliever Joe Krakauskas, a native of Quebec. Although DiMaggio had a 56 game hitting streak in the Major Leagues, he had a 61-game hit streak with the San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League) in 1933, which is the second-longest in minor-league history to Joe Wilhoit (69 games, 1919).
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The Yankees have been one of the most noted teams throughout history. Between shattering records and winning countless World Series, the Yankees have always been in the spotlight. But how did it all start? Well, in 1903, the Highlanders, as they were first called, were purchased from Baltimore and moved to New York. Their famous pinstripe uniforms were introduced in 1912 and the following year, the team name was changed to the New York Yankees.
In 1920, as many can recall, the most infamous trade in baseball history is made as Babe Ruth joins the Yankees from the Boston Red Sox. As 1921 approaches, the Yankees win their first Atlantic League Pennant. The Yankees then settled into their permanent home in the Bronx during 1923 and win their first World Championship trophy, playing against their rival, the NY Giants. From the years 1925 to 1939, Lou Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games, setting remarkable standards for all future ball players. Meanwhile, in 1927, Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs in one season creating a record that will stand strong until Roger Marris breaks it with 61 homers in 1961.
The Yankees also go on to win another World Series. As the 1932 season came to a close, the Yankees won yet another world championship and Lou Gehrig set another record by hitting four home runs in a single game. To this day, no Yankee has been able to beat Gehrig’s record. Then, Babe Ruth hit his incredible 700th home run in 1934, just as the Yankees acquired another great, Joe DiMaggio. Over the next few years, the Bronx Bombers go on to win a record six World Series titles in eight consecutive years. But sadly, in 1939, Lou Gehrig’s streak comes to an end and the Yankees honor him by retiring his number 4. Gehrig’s number is the first number ever to be retired in Yankees History. As 1941 came and went, Joe DiMaggio achieved his 56-game hitting streak that still stands today. Many believe it will never be broken. Unfortunately during the same year, Lou Gehrig passed away at the age of 37. Babe Ruth’s number is the second number to be retired by the Yankees in 1948 and within the next five years, the Yankees win five more World Series trophies. By 1951, Mickey Mantle joined the ranks of the Yankees as Joe DiMaggio announced his retirement from baseball.
Mickey Mantle drew attention in 1953 with his outstanding home runs and forced statisticians to record the distance of his blasts. He recorded a 565 foot shot against the Senators in Washington. Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history during 1956, helping the Yankees defeat their rival, the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yanks start the decade in grand style during 1960, capturing five consecutive pennants and two World Series victories. This stretch included some of the most talented and popular players to wear the pinstripes. Team leaders included Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Elston Howard, Joe Pepitone, and Roger Maris. In 1961, the Yankees became responsible for one of the most memorable baseball seasons ever as they continue their on-field dominance with another World Championship. It is in this year that the most hallowed record in baseball is broken as Roger Maris eclipsed Babe Ruth’s single season home run record. This new record will stand until Mark McGuire belts 70 homers in 1998, 37 years later. Mickey Mantle’s number gets retired in 1969, signaling the end of an era in Yankees history.
However, in 1973, “The Boss” George Steinbrenner emerges as part of the new ownership of the Yanks, who was owner of the team until 2010, when he passed away leaving them to his sons Hank and Hal Steinbrenner. While the Yanks play the next two seasons in Shea Stadium due to refurbishments, they also acquire Catfish Hunter, the most coveted and most expensive player in free agency. The following year, Billy Martin becomes manager of the club for the first time. He will eventually manage the Yankees a total of five separate times during his illustrious, and tumultuous, managerial career. Reggie Jackson is signed to the team in 1976 and in 1977, Jackson helps the Yankees capture their 21st World Championship.
Sadly in 1979, we lose another Yankees legend, Thurman Munson, who dies in a plane crash. His number is immediately retired by the team. Then in 1983, Dave Righetti pitches a no-hitter on the 4th of July, the first no-hitter for the Yankees since Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956. In the most bizarre situation of the season, an apparent game winning home run by George Brett of the Royals is denied after the umpire decides that Brett has used too much pine tar on his bat. This “pine tar” game is finally settled a month later with the Royals being awarded the victory.
By the end of the 1987 season, Don Mattingly puts himself in the record books by hitting a home run in eight consecutive games tying the MLB record previously held by Dale Long. Donnie Baseball caps his season by hitting six grand slams, another Major League record. Sadly, in 1989, Yankee legend Billy Martin dies abruptly in an automobile accident. The Yanks honor the great Reggie Jackson by retiring his number in 1993 just as inspirational pitcher Jim Abbott hurls a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium. In 1995, another great is lost when Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle dies of cancer. In 1996,The Yankees win their first World Series in eighteen years, the longest drought in franchise history. They defeat the heavily favored Atlanta Braves in six games. The season is highlighted by Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter at Yankee Stadium and then in 1997, Don Mattingly officially retires from baseball.
Over the years, there have been many Yankees legends who helped to change the face of baseball. Many of these legends including the late Yogi Berra and the recently retired Derek Jeter have set numerous records and are honored in Monument Park at Yankees Stadium.
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If you’re a Yankees fan, then you know that after every game Frank Sinatra blares from the speakers of Yankee Stadium. How did this New York anthem come to be famously connected with the Yankees? It all began with George Steinbrenner. He was a huge fan of music and frequented many clubs in the area. Steinbrenner went to Jimmy Weston’s dinner club, a place where Frank Sinatra would also appear. Steinbrenner became good friends with a disc jockey there who would give him songs to play during baseball games. When Steinbrenner heard “Theme from New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra, he played it at the stadium and it became a ritual that after every game, that song would be played. Though Sinatra made this song famous, it was originally recorded by Liza Minnelli for a Martin Scorsese film. For a while, every time the Yankees lost, the Liza Minnelli version would be played and every time they won, they would play the Sinatra version. Minnelli was not happy about this and so the Yankees dropped her version altogether in favor of Frank Sinatra’s tune. So now, after every ball game at Yankees Stadium, you can be sure to hear “Theme from New York, New York” sung, of course, by Ol’ Blue Eyes.
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Sadly, we lost one of baseball’s greats yesterday. Yogi Berra — Hall of Famer, all-time Yankees legend, World War II veteran, master of misstatement and beloved international icon, is gone. Berra died Tuesday night at the age of 90. Berra is most readily linked to championships in the game he played from 1946, when he broke in with the Yankees, until ’65, when he made a brief return to active duty and took his final at-bat with the Mets. His teams played in the World Series 14 times and won it 10 times. No other player has a comparable October resume. He managed the Yankees to the World Series in 1964 and the Mets to their “Ya Gotta Believe” World Series appearance nine years later. It was during the Mets’ worst-to-first rush in late summer ’73 when a phrase widely attributed to him became popular and, over decades, frequently invoked by those fighting diminishing chances — “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
Rest in peace Yogi- you will never be forgotten.
Do you remember when Will Ferrell played for not one, but ten different teams! He even managed to play in every position on the field. Ferrell said his goal was to get signed by at least one club by the end of the day. But all joking aside, Ferrell set out to raise money for charity. He started his day off with some interviews and then suited up for the Oakland A’s. Then, he switched teams and played for the Mariners! Next Ferrell joined the Los Angeles Angels as they played against the Cubs. He was traded to the cubs for a washing machine. He then proceeded to coach third base for the cubs. As the day drew on, Ferrell managed to play on the Diamondbacks, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Dodgers, and Padres. At the end of the day, Ferrell went 0-for-2 with two strike outs. He fielded the baseball five times and threw one pitch. He retired with an ERA of 0.00. All of the proceeds from that day were donated to Stand up to Cancer and Cancer for College.
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Did you know that today in 1972, former Major Leaguer Morris “Moe” Berg died at the age of 70? Although he was a Major League Baseball star, he gained much greater fame for other roles. The multi-talented Berg earned distinction as an attorney, linguist, mathematician, and most curiously, as an American spy. During a 1934 baseball tour of Japan, Berg secretly photographed important Japanese military installations and then turned them over to the U.S. State Department. Eight years later, the U.S. military used Berg’s photographs in making the first attack on the Japanese mainland during World War II. After Berg’s playing days came to an end, he went to work for the Office of Strategic Services, the predecessor to the CIA, and embarked on a series of dangerous missions throughout Germany in an effort to determine the country’s nuclear potential. You can read more about Moe Berg and watch videos on dates in MLB history by going to http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/mlb_history_thisweekhistory.jsp
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#throwbackthursday Mickey Mantle was well known for his homers. One time Mantle actually hit a piece of façade when he slammed one out of the park! Here is a list of Mickey Mantles top ten home runs from themick.com:
(1) 734 feet (5/22/63, Yankee Stadium Facade* – Pitcher: Bill Fischer, Kansas City Athletics- Hit Left-handed)
(2) 656 feet (3/26/51, Bovard Field, USC- Exhibition Game. Pitcher: Tom Lovrich- Hit Left-handed)
(3) 650 feet (6/11/53, Briggs Stadium, Detroit – Pitcher: Art Houteman, Detroit Tigers – Hit Left-handed)
(4) 643 feet (9/10/60, Tiger Stadium, Detroit – Pitcher: Paul Foytack, Detroit Tigers – Hit Left-handed)
(5) 630 feet (9/12/53, Yankee Stadium – Pitcher: Billy Hoeft, Detroit Tigers – Hit Right-handed)
(6) 620 feet (5/30/56, Yankee Stadium Façade – Pitcher: Pedro Ramos, Washington Senators – Hit Left-handed)
(7) 565 feet (4/17/53, Griffith Stadium, Washington – Pitcher: Chuck Stobbs, Washington Senators – Hit Right-handed)
(8) 550 feet (6/5/55, Comiskey Park, Chicago – Pitcher: Billy Pierce, Chicago White Sox – Hit Right-handed)
(9) 535 feet (7/6/53, Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia – Pitcher: Frank Fanovich, Philadelphia Athletics – Hit Right-handed)
(10) 530 feet (4/28/53, Busch Stadium, St. Louis – Pitcher: Bob Cain, St. Louis Browns – Hit Right-handed)
“Of Mickey’s top ten home runs, six were hit left-handed and four right-handed, an amazing display of power from both sides of the plate. Mickey had a versatility never before seen, and it hasn’t been seen since. Without question he was the greatest switch-hitter of all time.”
You can read more about the calculations and find other interesting information by going to: http://www.themick.com/10homers.html
Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, here is a video of the MLB and about how they celebrated their moms on Mother’s Day last year. Many different baseball players wished their moms a very Happy Mother’s Day and their mother’s names even ended up on the scoreboards! The league also recognized breast cancer awareness through supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure. All across America, the stadiums were decked out in pink in support of this great cause. The teams played with pink bats and even dressed in some pink garb throughout the day too! How are you going to celebrate Mother’s Day this year?
Here are some great photographs of Yankee Stadium from 1921 to 1937 for #throwbackthursday. Just look at that façade! This gallery was created by native New Yorker Paul Plaine. Plaine does advertising work and is an avid photographer. He sells all kinds of baseball related prints in many different sizes and on different types of paper. If you go to his website, you can see more images of the old stadium. These prints would look great in any New York Yankees themed room -man caves, dens, or even children’s rooms. It would even make a great gift!
Hey Yankees fans! Do you wish you could catch a foul ball at a game? Do you wish you could avoid catching foul balls at a game? Do you always get stuck sitting next to a rowdy family? Then take a look at this iPhone app called ideal seat. The makers of this app collected data and then translated it so that picking seats is now a cinch. It allows you to pick seats based on where foul balls land. It even lets you see where the best seats are if you want to sit in the shade or in a more family friendly area. But don’t worry, if you prefer to be near a more social area the app has an option for that too! This app includes all thirty ballparks! You can even set alerts with the app so that it lets you know when your favorite rival games are coming up. http://idealseat.com
Save the date! Bernie Williams night is Sunday, May 24, 2015. There will be a monument park plaque dedication ceremony followed by the game at 8:05 PM. Everyone who attends will receive a Bernie Williams collector card!
We have added some soon to be retired player number plaques to our website.
It’s opening day!
Celebrate with Yankees Retired Number Plaques for 3 great Yankees Legends:
Jorge Posada #20
Andy Pettite #46
Bernie Williams #51