by the Numbers (Part One)
With so many of
us biding the time until the 2018 season kicks off, here for your perusal some
Bronx Bomber numerology to pass the time. Part trivia, part history, all
passed balls in a season, 1931 team
of days Dave Winfield spent in minor-league baseball before reaching
Allie Reynolds pitched his second no-hitter for the Yankees in 1951,
Edison where he along with some teammates lived, changed his room
2019 to 0002.
between the batting average
of George "Snuffy" Stirnweiss: .30854 and White Sox Tony Cuccinello:
.30845 in the closest batting race in major league history, 1945.
of times Babe Ruth was pinch hit
for. (Bobby Veach on August 9, 1925.)
DiMaggio was the only player to get at least one hit in All-Star Games
Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field.
Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game hit streak, he had just one hit in 34 of
Mantle hit for the cycle only 1
time in his career. He did it against Chicago at Yankee Stadium in 1957.
Martin number retired August 10, 1986
Yankees have had only one mascot "Dandy" (as
in, Yankee Doodle Dandy), and he existed 1979 through 1981.
The major league
rule banning a sticky
substance such as pine tar on a bat beyond 18 inches from the bottom.
led to the "pine tar affair," Yankees against Royals in 1983.
number worn by opera star Robert
Merrill, the man who for many years sang the national anthem at Yankee
earned-run average of Herb
Pennock in World Series competition.
on two straight days slammed grand
homered twice in the
seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on September 5, 2007 against the
giving him 48 home runs for the season.
number of Yankee managerial tours of duty of Dick Howser, Bob Lemon,
Michael and Lou Piniella.
Fewest shutouts by a
staff in a season, 1994.
Fewest times in a
into a double play: Mickey Mantle, 1961, Mickey Rivers, 1977.
Most grand slams in a
Lazzeri, May 24, 1936 at Philadelphia.
Lowest earned run average by a Yankee pitching
three perfect games in Yankee Stadium history were seen by Joe Torre:
beauty as a 16-year-old fan, and the gems spun by David Wells and David
from the dugout as Yankee manager. Don Zimmer was Torre's bench coach
last two and he played in the first one as a member of the Brooklyn
1956. The Yankees have the most perfect games pitched by one
club, all at
Babe Ruth's uniform number, retired
June 13, 1948, second Yankee number. While the great Yankee was the
wear it, he was far from the last. Seven other Yankees wore No. 3.
Cliif Mapes wore it in 1948 when it was
retired. Mapes switched to No. 7 the next year. After he was traded to
Browns in mid-1951, No. 7 went to a rookie named Mickey Mantle.
Joe Sewell struck out only three times in
503 at-bats in 1932.
Ruth and Bob
Meusel are the only players in history to hit for the
cycle three times.
Clipper is the only player to win a ring for winning the World Series
of his first four seasons, 1936-1939.
DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra each won three MVP awards.
of perfect games by a franchise: Don Larsen, David Wells, David Cone.
In 1923, Babe Ruth hit for his highest
single-season average: .393. He came within four hits of batting .400.
Gehrig's number, retired on July 4, 1939, the first athlete in any
have that distinction. He is the only Yankee to have worn number
Most straight losing seasons in franchise
history 1912-1915 and 1989-1992.
Gehrig’s career RBIs for at
bats, second to only Babe Ruth.
Gomez was a starter in five
All-Star Games he won 3 of them)
of times Mickey Mantle hit a ball into the gothic iron facade that hung
the old stadium's roof.
DiMaggio's uniform number,
retired in 1952
won the World Series a record
five straight seasons – 1949-53
October 16th, 2003 - Aaron Boone was the fifth
player -- and second Yankee -- to end a post-season series with a
run. His solo shot in the bottom of the 11th inning capped a 6-5, Game
victory over Boston, giving the Yankees their 39th American League
of the material in this article was excerpted from Frommer’s The
Yankee Book http://www.frommerbooks.com/ultimate-yankees.html
of the most
prolific and respected sports journalists and oral historians in the
States, author of the autobiographies of legends Nolan Ryan , Tony
Red Holzman, Dr. Harvey Frommer is an expert on the New York Yankees
arguably written more books, articles and reviews on the New York
anyone. In 2010, he was honored by the City of New York to serve as
consultant for the re-imagined old Yankee Stadium site, Heritage Field
A professor for more than
two decades in the MALS program at Dartmouth College, Frommer was
“Dartmouth’s Mr. Baseball” by their alumni magazine. He’s also the
founder of www.HarveyFrommerSports.com.