Yankees by the Numbers (Part One)

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Playing fields for franchise:  Hilltop Park 1903-1912, Polo Grounds 1913-1922, Yankee Stadium (original)  1923-1973, Shea Stadium 1974-1975, Yankee Stadium (refurbished) 1976-2008, New Yankee Stadium 2009 –

Shortstop Everett Scott was the sixth Yankee Captain succeeding Babe Ruth, 1922-1925

On June 6, 1934 – Yankee outfielder Myril Hoag tied an American League record with six singles in six at-bats. 

Second baseman Joe Gordon, who played mostly in the 1940s, wore No. 6. He was inducted posthumously into Cooperstown in 2009.

Number of Yankee starters: Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, Red Rolfe, Red Ruffing, and George Selkirk in 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 Kansas City.

Number of times Billy Martin had a tour of duty as manager.

Don Mattingly hits a grand slam off Boston’s Bruce Hurst at Yankee Stadium on September 29, 1987, setting a Major-League record with six grand slams in a season.

Joe Torre’s Number retired by Yankees.

   “When I was a player and we would play the Yankees in spring training, even though the game didn’t mean anything, it was a special day.” – Joe Torre


     The 1939 Yankees led by 24-year-old Joe DiMaggio averaged an amazing 6.4 runs per game as a team.

Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher, an infielder in 1929, was the first Yankee to wear No. 7.

First baseman Lou Gehrig was the seventh Yankee Captain, April 21, 1935 to June 2, 1941.

Joe DiMaggio heads the list of players (minimum of 20 home runs) who recorded more home runs than strikeouts in 7 different seasons.                

From (1939-45), New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia threw out the first ball in the Yankees’ home opener, the longest streak for the event in franchise history.

Mickey Mantle’s number, retired June 8, 1969. He wore it from 1951 on.     

Mel Allen was the first announcer to broadcast Major League Baseball games over seven decades. His tenure ran from Lou Gehrig to Don Mattingly.     

In 1982, Graig Nettles became the seventh Captain in Yankee history.


Record held by Lou Gehrig, most seasons leading league in games played.       

Only number to be retired twice by the same team is Number 8 of the Yankees. It was 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.  Dickey wore #10 in 1929, #8 thereafter.

Catcher Thurman Munson was the eighth Yankee Captain, April 17, 1976 to August 2, 1979.

Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter on May 14, 1996 was the eighth in Stadium history.


Joe DiMaggio’s rookie number.

Third Baseman Graig Nettles was the ninth Yankee Captain, January 28, 1982 to March 30, 1984.

Roger Maris’ number, retired, July 22, 1984  

       The 1990 Yankees had but one starting pitcher who won more than seven games, nine-game winner Tim Leary; he also lost 19.

Most hits in an inning given up by Roger Clemens, August 2, 2007

The most shutouts by a Yankee in a season: Ron Guidry, 1978. 


Of Babe 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 against the star hurler. With the Yankees from 1920 to 1934, the “Colossus of Clout” won 10 home run titles.

  Casey Stengel managed in a record 10 World Series, winning 7 of them

The Yanks used a record 10 pinch hitters on September 6, 1954 in a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox. They won the opener 6-5, and the BoSox took the second game, 8-7.

Wins by Whitey Ford in World Series.

Yogi Berra leads all with 10 World Series rings. Joe DiMaggio was second with 9. 

Second baseman Willie Randolph was the tenth Yankee Captain, January 29, 1982 to August 2, 1979.

Phil Rizzuto’s number 10 retired August 4, 1985.

Aaron Boone’s walk-off homer against the Red Sox on October 16, 2003 was the tenth in Yankee postseason history.

Alex Rodriguez in 2007 became the first player in major league history with 10 straight seasons of at least 35 homers, 100 RBIs and 100 runs scored.



Record set for most RBI’s in consecutive games, Babe Ruth 1931

Most walks in one inning, the third, Yankees versus Senators, September 11, 1949

Most at bats one game, Bobby Richardson, June 24, 1962, game against Detroit went 22 innings.

Pitcher Ron Guidry was the eleventh Yankee Captain from March 4, 1986 to July 12, 1989.



Babe Ruth career home run rate per at bat.

“I could have had a lifetime .600 average, but I would have had to hit them singles. The people were paying to see me hit home runs.” Babe Ruth



         The number of ballparks Babe Ruth hit at least one home run in.

The number of times Babe Ruth led the American League in homers.

Billy Martin’s rookie uniform number. 
         First baseman Don Mattingly was the 13th Yankee Captain from February 28, 1991 to October 8, 1995.



Home plate was moved 13 feet forward in 1924, eliminating the “bloody angle” in the right field corner of Yankee Stadium.

Bill Dickey holds record catching over 100 games 13 consecutive seasons.

Lou Gehrig had 13 consecutive seasons where he scored over 100 runs, the first player in baseball history to reach that total.

Number of seasons Joe DiMaggio played for the Yankees.

The number of All-Star teams Mariano Rivera appeared in second all-time to Warren Spahn.

Derek Jeter was the 13th Captain in Yankee history from September 3, 2003 to season’s end 2014.

“This is a great honor. Captain of the Yankees is not a title that is thrown around lightly. It is a huge responsibility and one that I take very seriously. I thank Mr. Steinbrenner for having such confidence in me.” – Derek Jeter


The number of players the Yankees lost in the 1918 season to military service. 

Team record for runs scored in an inning: fifth inning against Washington, July 6, 1920. 
Yogi Berra stayed away from Yankee Stadium for 14 years after George Steinbrenner fired him 16 games into the 1985.


` In 1927, Babe Ruth blasted 14% of all the home runs recorded in the American League.



Babe Ruth three times homered 15 times in one month; DiMaggio and Maris accomplished that feat once. 
Lou Gehrig, career steals of home

The number of consecutive seasons Yogi Berra was a member of the American League All Star team. He actually made 18 teams in all.

July 18, 1999 — David Cone’s perfect game against the Montreal Expos was the 15th regular season perfect game.

$15.00    Bob Sheppard’s per game earnings in 1951 when he began working for the Yankees, allowing for inflation this is approximately $138 today.

Thurman Munson retired uniform number

Babe Ruth, total World Series home runs, second place all time. 
Most runs allowed by Yankees in post-season competition, Game 6, 2001 World Series. 

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