Yankees Magazine

71910 “Subway Series” Between Yankees and Giants Had New York

When New York Giants owner John Brush and his manager John McGraw, chose not to play their upstart American League rival Highlanders in a 1904 World Series, it was a great disappointment to the growing legions of baseball fans in New York. more


With the passing of Ralph Houk, age 90, on July 21, the Yankees lost a former manager who won pennants in his first three seasons at the helm, and world championship in the first two. No one has ever accomplished that feat, before or since, and with those world championships, Houk is linked to Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, and Joe Torre as Yankee managers to win more than one. more

Pinstripes – Rizzuto

When Phil Rizzuto broke in with the Yankees in 1941, the year of the great 56-game hitting streak of Joe DiMaggio, among the pitchers he faced were 41-year old Lefty Grove of Boston and 40-year old Ted Lyons of Detroit. Among the managers in opposing dugouts were Connie Mack in Philadelphia, Bucky Harris in Washington, Roger Peckinpaugh in Cleveland and Jimmy Dykes in Chicago. more

Halper, Yanks limited partner, passes

Barry Halper, a limited partner in the New York Yankees and one of the pioneers of baseball memorabilia collecting, died Dec. 18 in Livingston, N.J., following a long illness due to complications from diabetes. more

Yankee Stadium Story

Although a handful of college football arenas were called “stadiums” in the first two decades of the 20th century, (plus, believe it or not, little Rice Stadium in Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx), Yankee Stadium would be the first baseball field designed to bear the name ‘stadium’. (Washington’s Griffith Stadium had been so renamed in 1920). more

Elston Howard

It was the last of the seventh inning on Opening Day at Fenway Park – Thursday, April 14, 1955. A sunny sky warmed the 22,246 Bosox faithful who had turned out to see Arthur Fiedler lead the Boston Pops in the National Anthem and to see Willard Nixon duel Bob Grim in what would be the second game of the season for the Yankees. more

You Can Go Home Again — 44 Yankees Have Served Two Playing Stints in Their Careers

When Jeff Nelson took the mound at Yankee Stadium on August 7 to begin his second stint with the Yankees, he admitted to being swept up by emotion. more

1978 Season

For a long period in 1978, as spring wound into summer, Yankee fans were beginning to accept the fact that ’78 was going to be a Red Sox year. A lot of baseball writers were saying that the ’78 Bosox, under Don Zimmer, were one of the elite teams of all times, certainly of Boston history, and that the defending world champion Yankees just weren’t their equal that year. more

1940 – The One That Got Away

Two games. And it all had much to do with lemon slices, a lost tarpaulin, missing taxis, firecrackers, and one costly error at first. What a difference, in the course of history, they would make. more

Bill Virdon’s Excellent Adventure

When one recalls the general lack of enthusiasm that surrounded the hiring of Joe Torre a few years ago – only to find him going on to win Manager of the Year honors and turning all skeptics around – one can’t help but turn back the clock a quarter century to the day Bill Virdon faced a similar reception upon his hiring. more

Joe DiMaggio’s Post-Playing Career

When Joe DiMaggio turned down another $100,000 contract for the 1952 season, feeling he could no longer play the game at a Joe DiMaggio level, he began the phase of his life in which he would be, simply, Joe DiMaggio, American Icon. more

Frank Crosetti

To say Frankie Crosetti was “old school” is putting it mildly. Trained in the corporate efficiency of Joe McCarthy, he joined the team in 1932, in time to be there for Babe Ruth’s last Yankee pennant and his “Called Shot Home Run” in the World Series.  more

Old Timers Days

Since the Yankees are credited with so many innovations over the years – from numbers on uniforms to triple-decked ballparks – it has become somewhat fashionable to think they invented the concept of Old Timers Day back on July 4, 1939. more

Scouting Story

As with so many elements of the Yankees organization, you go back to the roots of the “Team of the Century” to see where it all came from. As much as the current team invites comparisons with the 1961, the 1939 and the 1927 Yankees, so too does the current state of the team’s scouting operation. more

Spring training

Maybe it’s the palm trees. There’s just something about spring training. more

Catfish Hunter Tribute

You’ve spent your whole life depending on your arms and your hands. You grew up, the youngest of nine, bonding with your dad and your brothers by hunting and fishing. You were given a gift of being able to hold a baseball and throw it just about as good as anyone who ever lived. You retired to farm life and the inner peace of working your land and driving your tractor, while taking your own boys hunting and fishing. more

Yankees Seek 5th Straight Pennant

Wasn’t it just yesterday that everyone was saying “oh, there will never be another dynasty in baseball; too many teams, too many rounds of playoffs. The dynasty days are over.” more

Yankees in the ’60s

The expression goes, “If you remember the ‘60s, you weren’t there.” Well, for Yankee fans, there was much to remember and much to forget. The decade began with the arrival of Roger Maris and ended with the arrival of Thurman Munson. more

Yankees in the ’70s

For Yankee fans, there was no lower point than the team’s entry into the 1970s. Long accustomed to winning regularly, the fans had now been forced to accept mediocrity as the norm. more