New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in The Bronx borough of New York that competes in Major League Baseball in the American League's East Division.
Division: American League East
World Series championships
1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937,1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953,
1956,1958, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009
Nicknames: Baltimore Orioles, Damn Yankees, New York Highlanders, The Bombers, The Bronx Bombers, The Bronx Zoo, The Evil Empire,The Pinstripes, The Yanks, Yankees
The New York Yankees began their storied history as the New York Highlanders, in 1903. The distinctive pinstripe uniforms were introduced in 1912, and one year later, in 1913, the Highlanders became New York Yankees.
Over the next 80 years, the Yankees have gone on to become one of the most recognised teams in all of Sports, making history and shattering records all along the way.
In 1913, the Highlanders abandoned their stadium and their name, by moving into the Polo Grounds as the New York Yankees. Two years later, the Yankees got a new owners when Col. Jacob Ruppert and Col. Tillinghast L´Hommedieu Huston purchased the team for the sum of $460,000. In 1920, the new owners made one of the best decisions in the history of sports when they bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for $125,000! In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the down and out Baltimore Orioles, for $18,000. Moving it to Manhattan, the new owners renamed the team the New York Highlanders. They opened their home season at "Hilltop Park" with a 6 - 2 win against Washington. Thus began the winning tradition of the soon to be New York Yankees.
Babe Ruth was signed to a two year contract for $20,000 per year. This move instantly doubled the attendance at Yankee games, as thousands flocked to see his tremendous home runs.
In 1923, Yankee Stadium opened its doors for the first time with a 4 -1 win over the Boston Red Sox. Babe Ruth hit the first homerun in the Stadium's history that same day, and soon gained its famous nickname, "The House that Ruth Built".
In 1925, Lou Gehrig began his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played by pinch hitting for Pee Wee Wanniger. Then, in 1929 the Yankees set a precedent by becoming the first team to make numbers a permanent part of the team uniform. This late became a standard among all teams by 1932.
In 1932 Lou Gehrig becomes the first player to hit four home runs in a single game in the Yankees' 20-13 win at Philadelphia. He remains the only Yankee to hit four home runs in one game. Two years later in 1934, Babe Ruth hit the 700th Home Run of his career. He would hit just 14 more before the end of his career. Just four months later, the Yankees made another incredible deal when the purchased Joe DiMaggio from the San Francisco Seals for $50,000.
In 1939, Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games came to an end in Detroit, as the Yankees beat the Tigers 22 - 2. One month later, "Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day" was held at Yankee Stadium. Gehrig's number, 4, was retired, making it the first number retired in the History of sports. Later that day he speaks his famous words "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth".