New York Yankees

Was Jeter better than Nomar and ARod?

Was Jeter better than Nomar and ARod?
February 15, 2018 No Comments »

The career of Derek Jeter is a perfect illustration of the multitude of factors that go into a Hall of Fame discussion. And rightly so. The contemporary Nomar Garciaparra seemed to be better than or on par with Jeter in ... Read More »

Does defense matter in baseball?

Does defense matter in baseball?
December 1, 2017 No Comments »

The headline is click bait. Of course defensive matters in baseball. Doesn’t it? I’m writing this article because I noticed strange things while browsing Baseball-Reference.com recently. From 1996 to 2003, the New York Yankees won six pennants and four World ... Read More »

Wally Pipp was more than just a headache

Wally Pipp was more than just a headache
October 29, 2017 1 Comment »

Wally Pipp has been reduced to an answer to a trivia question. He’s a footnote on the career of a great player. But Pipp deserved better: he was an excellent ballplayer who simply happened to have a headache at the ... Read More »

Magician in The Bronx: What if the Yankees had acquired Rod Carew in 1979?

Magician in The Bronx: What if the Yankees had acquired Rod Carew in 1979?
October 18, 2015 No Comments »

Anyone who saw Rod Carew swing the bat will never forget it. He was a magician with a Louisville Slugger in his hands. The multiple batting titles he won were earned largely off his knack for slicing line drives to ... Read More »

Yogi Berra refused to set foot inside Yankee Stadium for 14 years

Yogi Berra refused to set foot inside Yankee Stadium for 14 years
May 16, 2014 No Comments »

Are some people magic? It’s hard to believe that it’s possible, but if anyone ever was it’s Lawrence Peter Berra. You know him as Yogi — the world knows him as Yogi — and he’s been charmed his entire life. However, despite ... Read More »

Babe Ruth and baseball’s most famous bellyache

Babe Ruth and baseball’s most famous bellyache
November 29, 2012 1 Comment »

Even in the 1920s before the advent of cable news channels and social media, when you were the most famous athlete in America, your health was front page headlines. Over the winter months of 1924-1925, Babe Ruth – possibly the ... Read More »

When Reggie blasted three homers in Game Six of the ’77 World Series

When Reggie blasted three homers in Game Six of the ’77 World Series
October 28, 2012 No Comments »

“Love me or hate me, but you can’t ignore me.” That’s what Reggie Jackson said after his spectacular performance in the 1977 World Series when he belted three home runs in Game Six against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, 35 ... Read More »

VIDEO: Introductions before Game One of the ’81 World Series, DiMaggio throws first pitch

VIDEO: Introductions before Game One of the ’81 World Series, DiMaggio throws first pitch
October 18, 2012 No Comments »

There’s so much to enjoy about this video from ABC Sports’ broadcast of Game One of the 1981 World Series on October 20, 1981 from Yankee Stadium. There’s the network programming message that includes clips from Happy Days and Laverne ... Read More »

VIDEO: Chambliss’s homer ends Yankees 12-year pennant drought in ’76

VIDEO: Chambliss’s homer ends Yankees 12-year pennant drought in ’76
October 17, 2012 No Comments »

It only took one pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Five of the 1978 ALCS for Chris Chambliss to end the suspense. On the first offering he saw from Kansas City reliever Mark Littell, the Yankee ... Read More »

Only five players have hit walk-off home runs to win a pennant

Only five players have hit walk-off home runs to win a pennant
October 17, 2012 3 Comments »

Within the next few days, as the League Championship Series in both leagues advance to their later stages, “hero opportunities” will arise. While many players have done many things in critical situations in the history of baseball, there have only ... Read More »