64 Facts About New York Yankees


New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx.

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The Yankees compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League East division.

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Arguably the most successful professional sports team in the United States and one of the most highly regarded, the New York Yankees have won 19 American League East Division titles, 40 American League pennants, and 27 World Series championships, all of which are MLB records.

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The New York Yankees have had 44 players and 11 managers inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including many of the sport's most iconic figures in history such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford; more recent inductees include Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter, who both having the two highest vote percentages of all Hall of Fame members.

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Ruth's multitude of home runs proved so popular that the New York Yankees began drawing more people than their National League counterpart, the Giants.

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Giants manager John McGraw was said to have commented that the Yankees should "move to some out-of-the-way place, like Queens", but they instead broke ground for a new ballpark in the Bronx, right across the Harlem River from the Polo Grounds.

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In 1922, the New York Yankees returned to the World Series again and were dealt a second defeat at the hands of the Giants.

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In 1923, the Yankees moved to their new home, Yankee Stadium, which took 11 months to build and cost $2.

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That season, the New York Yankees became the first team in baseball to occupy first place every day of the season, winning 110 games.

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In 1935, Ruth left the New York Yankees to join the NL's Boston Braves, and he made his last major league baseball appearance on May 30 of that year.

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The New York Yankees declared July 4,1939 to be "Lou Gehrig Day", on which they retired his number 4, the first retired number in baseball.

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Two months after the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1941 World Series, the first of seven October meetings between the two crosstown rivals before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.

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The "underdog" New York Yankees came from behind to catch and surprise a powerful Red Sox team on the last two days of the 1949 season, a face-off that fueled the beginning of the modern New York Yankees–Red Sox rivalry.

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Bettering the clubs managed by Joe McCarthy, the New York Yankees won the World Series five consecutive times from 1949 to 1953 under Stengel, which remains an MLB record.

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In 1954, the New York Yankees won 103 games, but the Cleveland Indians took the pennant with a then-AL record 111 wins; 1954 was famously referred to as "The Year the New York Yankees Lost the Pennant".

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New York Yankees lost the 1957 World Series to the Milwaukee Braves when Lew Burdette won three games for the Braves and was awarded World Series MVP.

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Invariably, these trades ended up being heavily tilted in the New York Yankees' favor, leading to accusations that the Athletics were little more than a New York Yankees farm team at the major league level.

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At that point the New York Yankees had already strengthened their supply of future prospects, which included a young outfielder named Roger Maris.

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New York Yankees finished second in home runs and total bases, and won a Gold Glove, which garnered enough votes for the American League MVP award.

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In 1962, the sports scene in New York changed when the National League added an expansion team, the New York Mets.

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New York Yankees easily reached the 1963 World Series when they won the pennant by 10.

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In 1966, the New York Yankees finished in last place in the AL for the first time since 1912.

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New York Yankees were not able to replace their aging superstars with promising young talent, as they had consistently done in the previous five decades.

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The New York Yankees was one of four teams who voted against the establishment of the draft.

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New York Yankees had bad blood with manager Billy Martin, who had managed the Detroit Tigers when Jackson's Athletics defeated them in the 1972 playoffs.

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New York Yankees's locker, labeled with his number 15, has remained empty in the Yankees clubhouse as a memorial.

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The New York Yankees won 103 games and the AL East by three games over the Baltimore Orioles, but were swept by the Royals in the ALCS.

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The New York Yankees struggled under Bob Lemon, who replaced Michael for the second half of the season.

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Thanks to the split-season playoff format, the New York Yankees faced the second-half winner Milwaukee Brewers in the special 1981 American League Division Series.

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In 1990, the New York Yankees had the worst record in the American League, and their fourth last-place finish in franchise history.

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The first significant success came in 1994, when the New York Yankees had the best record in the AL, but the season was cut short by a players' strike.

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The New York Yankees went on to sweep the San Diego Padres in the World Series.

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The New York Yankees won the series in 5 games, but a loss in Game 3 snapped their streak of consecutive games won in World Series contests at 14, surpassing the club's previous record of 12.

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The New York Yankees won 11 consecutive postseason series in this 4-year period.

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In 2003, the New York Yankees again had the best league record, highlighted by Roger Clemens' 300th win and 4000th strikeout.

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In 2004, the New York Yankees signed free agents Kenny Lofton and Gary Sheffield; and traded Alfonso Soriano to the Texas Rangers in exchange for star shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who moved to third base from his usual shortstop position to accommodate Jeter.

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On June 18,2007, the Yankees broke new ground by signing the first two professional baseball players from the People's Republic of China to the MLB, and became the first team in MLB history to sign an advertising deal with a Chinese company.

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At the beginning of the 2009 season, the Yankees opened the new Yankee Stadium, located just a block north on River Avenue from their former home.

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The New York Yankees set a major league record by playing error-free ball for 18 consecutive games from May 14 to June 1,2009.

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The New York Yankees won the AL East title, finishing with 97 wins and took home field throughout the AL postseason.

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However, in the ALCS, the New York Yankees lost to the Tigers again, this time in a four-game sweep, which was compounded with a struggling offense and a season-ending injury to Derek Jeter.

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The New York Yankees struggled through the 2016 season, ending at 4th place in the AL East.

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The New York Yankees starting pitching was led by ace Luis Severino, who rebounded from his last season to lead the New York Yankees' pitching staff.

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The New York Yankees sent Dellin Betances, Starlin Castro, Sanchez, Severino, and Judge to the 2017 All-Star Game.

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The New York Yankees traded Starlin Castro and prospects Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers to the Miami Marlins for reigning National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton.

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The New York Yankees traded third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash; following the move, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman stated that the trade "create[d] payroll flexibility".

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On June 25,2019, the New York Yankees broke the record for the most home runs in consecutive games against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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The New York Yankees swept Boston in the two-game series, with the first game lasted 4 hours and 42 minutes, 3 minutes shorter than the longest MLB 9-inning game.

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The New York Yankees beat the Twins in a three-game sweep to advance to the ALCS for the second time in three seasons.

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The New York Yankees recorded a record-tying three triple plays throughout the 2021 season.

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New York Yankees have won 27 World Series in 40 appearances, the most in Major League Baseball in addition to major North American professional sports leagues.

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The New York Yankees have lost 13 World Series, the second most in the MLB behind the Dodgers, who have 14 losses.

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The New York Yankees have played in the World Series against every National League pennant winner except the Houston Astros and the Colorado Rockies.

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The New York Yankees typically bring an upsurge in attendance at all or most of their various road-trip venues, drawing crowds of their own fans, as well as home-town fans whose interest is heightened when the New York Yankees come to town.

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The New York Yankees were the league leaders in "road attendance" each year from 2001 through 2006.

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In 2008, the New York Yankees announced a joint venture with the Dallas Cowboys to form the basis for a partnership in running food and beverage, and other catering services to both teams' stadiums.

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New York Yankees has consistently been one of the most valuable sport teams in the world.

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In 2022, the New York Yankees were again ranked as the second most valuable team behind the Cowboys, valued at $6 billion.

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In 2019 the New York Yankees stopped playing Smith's rendition to allegations of racism in some of her songs.

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New York Yankees have retired 22 numbers for 24 individuals, the most in Major League Baseball.

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New York Yankees's was the first number retired in Major League Baseball history.

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New York Yankees are known to have multiple rivalries across the league, none being more famous than their longtime foe: The Boston Red Sox.

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Teams finished tied for first in 1978, when the New York Yankees won a high-profile tiebreaker game for the division title.

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Similarly, the 2004 ALCS is notable for the New York Yankees leading 3 games to 0 and ultimately losing the next four games and the series.

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