New York Yankees

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New York Yankees
founded in 1901
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Full name
New York Yankees
earlier names)
  • New York Highlanders (1903-1912)
  • Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902)
Club colors
Blue, gray, white



Ball park (s)


  • World Series (27):
    1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936–1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949–1953, 1956, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978 , 1996 , 1998 , 1999 , 2000 , 2009
  • American League Titles (40):
    1921–1923, 1926–1928, 1932, 1936–1939, 1941–1943, 1947, 1949–1953, 1955–1958, 1960–1964, 1976–1978, 1981, 1996, 1998 –2001, 2003, 2009
  • Division titles (19) :
    1976–1978, 1980, 1981, 1996, 1998–2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2019
  • Wild Cards (7):
    1995, 1997, 2007, 2010, 2015, 2017, 2018
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The New York Yankees  [ debate ] is an American Major League - Baseball team from the Bronx , New York City . You play in the Eastern Division of the American League . The Yankees are by far the most successful team in MLB history with 27 World Series titles. They also won the American League 40 times. Since their beginnings, the Yankees have thus been able to secure significantly more than a quarter of all titles that have been played in the last century since 1913. The home stadium of the Yankees is Yankee Stadium . Please click to listen!Play


Founding to opening of Yankee Stadium

Hilltop Park

The Yankees were founded in Baltimore in 1901 . There they played like today's team from Baltimore under the name Baltimore Orioles their first two seasons in the MLB. On January 9, 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery bought the club for the American League and moved the team to Manhattan . The team's new name was New York Highlanders until 1912 . The decisive factor for the naming was the Hilltop Park venue on the corner of 165th and 168th Street, which at the time was one of the highest points in Manhattan. As early as 1904, the New York Press sports journalist Jim Price baptized the Highlanders as " Yankees " or "Yanks", which was a common name for Northerners at the time. The reason for the simple nickname was simply the size, which fits better into the headlines of the newspaper. Due to a fire in the stadium of the San Francisco Giants, then still playing in New York, in 1911, the Highlanders allowed the Giants to use Hilltop Park until their home stadium, the Polo Grounds, was rebuilt . In return, the Highlanders moved to the Polo Grounds and officially called themselves New York Yankees from now on , because the name "Highlanders" no longer suited their new home. With the engagement of the German-born player George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. and his legendary ability to play baseball, and especially to hit home runs, the Yankees now attracted more spectators than the Giants. The rivalry then culminated in 1921 in the shared stadium, the Polo Grounds. The teams met in the World Series , in which the Yankees were defeated by the Giants in 5 of 8 games. The then manager of the Giants then recommended the Yankees to look for a new home of their own. In 1922, the Yankees were again subject to the Giants in the World Series. The officials of the Bronx Bombers , as the Yankees are also called, looked for a place in the direct vicinity of the Giants over the Harlem River in the Bronx. In 1923 they moved to the new stadium, which could hold 58,000 spectators. It was nicknamed "The House That Ruth Built" (Eng. "The house that Babe Ruth built"), which is to be understood because a lot of money could be made with its attractive style of play and its clout.


On April 18, 1923, the Yankee Stadium , which was built for 2.4 million US dollars, opened in the Bronx and Babe Ruth managed the first home run in the new domicile.

Yankee Stadium

In the third attempt, the Yankees succeeded in 1923, the first triumph against the Giants in the World Series. In the 7-game series ( best-of-seven ), the Yankees won 4 to 2 games and thus secured their first title. Also, for the first time, postseason encounters , i.e. the playoff games after the regular season, took place in the new, large Yankee Stadium. The size was one of the reasons why more than 300,000 viewers saw the World Series for the first time.

In 1926, the Yankees won the American League again, but were subject to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

The 1927 New York Yankees team is still considered by many baseball experts to be one of the strongest teams in baseball history. In the regular season, the Yankees get 110 wins with only 44 losses. The Pittsburgh Pirates also had no chance in the World Series and were clearly defeated 0: 4. The next triumph in the World Series followed in 1928, this time opponents were again the St. Louis Cardinals. The Yankees managed another sweep ; H. the Cardinals remained unsuccessful in the series against the Yankees.

In 1929 the Yankees were the first team to have numbers on their jerseys. But the next success in the World Series was not until 1932. Joe McCarthy had taken over the managerial post of the Yankees, with him a second successful era should begin with the Yankees. Seven successes in the World Series in eight appearances under his direction from 1932 to 1946 speak for themselves. In 1932 the Yankees defeated the Chicago Cubs clearly 4-0, in 1936 the New York Giants were defeated 4-2. In 1937 the Yankees regained the upper hand over their local rivals Giants, in 1938 the Chicago Cubs remained again without success in the Classic case . A year later, the Cincinnati Reds had no chance and were also defeated 0: 4. In 1941 it came to the first meeting with the Brooklyn Dodgers . The Yankees won 4-1. The following year there was the only World Series defeat under Joe McCarthy. The New Yorkers lost 4-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals . In 1943, the Yankees successfully took revenge and turned the tables.


The next success in the World Series came in 1947. Manager was Bucky Harris , opponent in the finals was the Brooklyn Dodgers. In an exciting series, the Yankees just kept the better end to themselves with 4: 3. The clash between the two local rivals was called the Subway Series .

Casey Stengel was the manager of the Yankees from 1949 to 1960 . Seven World Series titles and three American League wins fall during his tenure . In 1949, 1952, 1953 and 1956 successes were celebrated against the Brooklyn Dodgers, who got the upper hand in 1955. In 1950 the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated. In 1951 the Giants were defeated, in 1958 the Milwaukee Braves got the short straw, a year earlier they had been successful. In the final year of his tenure, Casey Stengel's men lost the World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-4 .

Ralph Houk was the manager of the Yankees in 1961, 1962 and 1963. In the first two years, the Yankees were able to celebrate the championship again, last year they lost in the World Series. The Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants were defeated , and there was a clear 4-0 defeat against the Los Angeles Dodgers . Yogi Berra was able to reach the World Series again as the new manager in 1964, but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 3: 4.

Since 1976

It would take until 1976 before the Yankees could get back to their glorious past. In 1976 they lost 4-0 under manager Billy Martin against the Cincinnati Reds, but remained successful in 1977 and 1978 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1980 and 1981, the Yankees still took part in the play-offs , but remained unsuccessful until 1994. In 1994 under Buck Showalter , the Yankees played an excellent season, but were unable to achieve success because the players' strike ended the season prematurely and there was no champion in the MLB for the first time in 90 years.

In 1995, the Yankees reached the play-offs with a wildcard and lost 3-2 to the Seattle Mariners in the Division Series . In 1996 Joe Torre took over the position of manager, since then the Yankees have participated in all playoffs. In 1996 the Atlanta Braves were defeated 4-2 in the World Series, in 1998 and 1999 the Yankees needed the minimum number of 8 games to defeat the San Diego Padres and again the Atlanta Braves.

The Subway Series was reissued in 2000 in the World Series against the New York Mets . Here the Yankees won 4-1. In 2001 they lost 3: 4 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a dramatic World Series . The next appearance of the Yankees in the final series was at the World Series 2003 , here the Yankees were completely surprisingly defeated 2: 4 by the underdog Florida Marlins .

In 2004, the Yankees were defeated by the Boston Red Sox after a 3-0 lead in the League Championship Series 3-4. They missed the entry into the World Series 2004 and became the first team in baseball history to lose a playoff series after a 3-0 lead.

After this defeat, it was not until 2009 that the Yankees could win another playoff series. By subsequently winning the 40th American League title, they made it into the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies . With a 4-2 success in the World Series, the Yankees won their 27th World Series title after a dry spell of 8 years (the third longest time without a title success after 1979-1995 and 1963-1976).

In the 2010 season, the Yankees narrowly missed winning the American League East, but moved into the Division Series as a wildcard team . There they beat the Minnesota Twins smoothly in three games. In the subsequent Championship Series , however, they lost to the Texas Rangers 2-4.

During the season, the Yankees suffered the deaths of their owner George Steinbrenner and their longtime stadium announcer Bob Sheppard.


In Game 3 of the Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles , Raul Ibanez hit a home run to equalize in the 9th inning at 1: 2 deficit. The last one to succeed was Alex Rodriguez in 2009, who did it twice. Ibanez became the 6th player in the post season to do so. The others were: Pat Sheridan in 1985 for the Kansas City Royals , Kirk Gibson in 1988 for the Los Angeles Dodgers , Ed Sprague, Jr. in 1992 for the Toronto Blue Jays , Jim Leyritz in 1998 for the San Diego Padres and JT Snow in 2000 for the San Francisco Giants . In the 12th inning, he also hit the winning solo single home run. He became the first player to equalize or take the lead in 2 home runs in a post season game, in the 9th inning or later.

Placements in recent years

American League East 2008-2018
year 1. 2. 3. 4th 5. Postseason
2008 TB (8.0) BOS (6.0) 89-73 GATE (3.0) BAL (21.0) ––
2009 103 - 59 BOS (8.0) TB (19.0) GATE (28.0) BAL (39.0) WSC
2010 TB (1.0) 95-67 BOS (6.0) GATE (10.0) BAL (29.0) ALCS
2011 97-65 TB (6.0) BOS (7.0) GATE (16.0) BAL (28.0) ALDS
2012 95-67 BAL (2.0) TB (5.0) GATE (22.0) BOS (26.0) ALCS
2013 BOS (12.0) TB (6.0) BAL (0.0) 85-77 GATE (11.0) ––
2014 BAL (12.0) 84-78 GATE (1.0) TB (7.0) BOS (13.0) ––
2015 GATE (6.0) 87-75 BAL (6.0) TB (7.0) BOS (9.0) WC
2016 BOS (9.0) BAL (5.0) GATE (5.0) 84-78 TB (16.0) ––
2017 BOS (2.0) 91-71 TB (11.0) GATE (15.0) BAL (16.0) ALCS
2018 BOS (8.0) 100-62 TB (10.0) GATE (27.0) BAL (53.0) ALDS

The colored cells describe your own performance in the AL East, the numbers in brackets the distances to the other teams at the end of the season.
WC = Wild Card, ALDS = AL Division Series achieved, ALCS = AL Championship Series achieved, AL = AL Pennant (World Series lost), WSC = World Series Champion

Yankees in the Baseball Hall of Fame

New York Yankees Hall of Famers
Membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Baltimore Orioles
Roger Bresnahan
Joe Kelley
Joe McGinnity
John McGraw
Wilbert Robinson

New York Highlanders

Jack Chesbro * Clark Griffith
Willie Keeler
Branch Rickey

New York Yankees

Frank Baker
Yogi Berra
Wade Boggs
Frank Chance
Earle Combs
Stan Coveleski
Joe DiMaggio
Bill Dickey
Whitey Ford
Lou Gehrig
Lefty Gomez
Joe Gordon
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 Ruffing
Babe Ruth
Joe Sewell
Enos Slaughter
Casey Stengel
Dazzy Vance
Paul Waner
Dave Winfield

as a manager

Leo Durocher
Bucky Harris
Miller Huggins
Bob Lemon
Bill McKechnie
Joe McCarthy
Casey Stengel
Players in bold appear on their Hall of Fame boards with Yankees or Highlanders badges.

* Shown without cap logo, as no logos were worn on the cap at the time.

Numbers that are no longer assigned

* Jackie Robinson's number is no longer assigned by an MLB team.

Yankees players

New York Yankees players
Active players (25-player group) Inactive players (40-player group) Trainer / Others


Starting rotation












Injury icon 2.svgInjury list (7 or 10 days)
* Banned
Roster updated on August 16, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the number of players in the active squad at the beginning of the 2020 MLB season on 23/24. July increased to 30 players. Two weeks later there was a scheduled reduction to 28 players. Another two weeks later, the number of players is to be reduced to 26 and maintained for the entire 2020 season. In the case of double-headers , the teams may appoint a 27th player to the active squad.

Yankees minor league teams


In late 1972, the two parted Yankees- pitcher Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson by their wives in order to marry each other, which caused a public scandal. The actors and producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon announced in 2010 that they would make a film about it. Since 2015, a script has been written under the working title "The Trade".

Web links

Commons : New York Yankees  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Yankee Stadium History . Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  2. Elias Sports Bureau, Inc .: Elias Says… IBANEZ: GAME-TYING HOMER IN 9TH INNING, WALKOFF HOMER IN 12TH. ESPN Internet Ventures, October 11, 2012, accessed October 12, 2012 .
  3. (English) accessed on: August 16, 2020
  4. Benjamin Schulz, baseball player in the seventies: Swap women in the professional league , April 8, 2015, Spiegel Online