New York Yankees by the Numbers: 6-10
to Numbers 1-5 were wonderful.
So new edition here.
All kinds of incredible “numbers” have been
put up by those who have worn pinstripes through the many decades the
the Bronx has been playing baseball. Some of these numbers spark
controversy, wonder. Enjoy. Send along
your own suggestions.
field for franchise: Hilltop Park
1903-1912, Polo Grounds 1913-1922, Yankee Stadium 1923-1973, Shea
1974-1975, Yankee Stadium 1976-2008, New Yankee Stadium 2009 -
June 6, 1934 - Yankee outfielder
Myril Hoag tied an American League record with six singles in six
baseman Joe Gordon, who played mostly in the 1940s, wore No. 6. He was
posthumously into Cooperstown in 2009.
of Yankee starters: Bill
Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, Red Rolfe, Red Ruffing, and George
the 1939 All-Star game at Yankee Stadium.
Mickey Mantle's rookie uniform number, changed
by equipment manager Pete Sheehy to #7 after Mantle was recalled from
of times Billy Martin had a
tour of duty as manager.
Mattingly hits a grand slam off Boston's Bruce Hurst at Yankee Stadium
September 29, 1987, setting a Major-League record with six grand slams
The 1939 Yankees led by
24-year-old Joe DiMaggio averaged an amazing 6.4 runs per game as a
of Fame manager Leo Durocher, an infielder in 1929, was the first
wear No. 7.
Bob Costas was seven years old when he went to the Stadium
for the first
time. He saw Yankees play the Orioles. He visited the monuments to Ruth
Gehrig in centerfield. He claimed he cried, thinking old Yankee greats
Mantle's number, retired June 8, 1969. He wore it from 1951
Allen was the first announcer to broadcast Major League Baseball games
seven decades. His tenure ran from Lou
Gehrig to Don Mattingly.
Nettles became seventh Captain in Yankee history.
held by Lou Gehrig, most seasons leading league games played.
number to be retired twice by the same team is Number 8 of the Yankees.
retired in 1972 for catchers Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra. Berra took
number 8 in
1948 after Dickey retired but before he was a coach.
Gooden's no-hitter on May 14, 1996, the eighth in Stadium history.
DiMaggio's rookie number.
Maris' number, retired, July 13, 1985.
The 1990 Yankees had but one starting
pitcher who won more than seven games, nine-game winner Tim Leary; he also lost 19.
hits in an inning given up by Roger Clemens, August 2, 2007
most .300 hitters in the 1930
The most shutouts in a season: Ron Guidry,
Nettles was the last Yankee to wear No. 9 before it was retired.
in one season, Ron Guildry, 1978
Ruth's 714 career home runs, 10 were inside-the-parkers.
Ruth hit 10 career home runs off the great
Walter Johnson. No other player hit more than 5
the star hurler in his 21-year career. With the
Yankees from 1920 to 1934, the “Colussus of Clout” won 10 home run
record number of pinch hitters on September 6, 1954 Yankees used in doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox.
Casey Stengel managed in a
record 10 World
Seriesm winning 7 of them
Yanks used a record 10 pinch hitters
on September 6, 1954 in a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox. They
opener 6-5, and the BoSox took the second game, 8-7.
by Whitey Ford in World Series.
Rizzuto's number 10 retired August 4, 1985.
Berra leads all with 10 World
Series rings. Joe DiMaggio was second with 9.
Rodriguez in 2007 became the
first player in major league history with 10 straight seasons of at
homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored.
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.