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?
Richard “Goose” Gossage
Charles “Dazzy” Vance
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?
52,325 Capacity, including standing room only ticket sales
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.
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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
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
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
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
Runs Batted In: 2,217