The New York Yankees are one of the most loved – and hated – sports franchises in the history of sports franchises. They have also been one of the most successful. Read below to find out more about the Yanks.
Number Seven: The New York Yankees Have Won More Championships than Any Other Professional Team in North America
With 27 Championships, it is no surprise that the New York Yankees have the most championships in Major League Baseball. But to have more than any other franchise on the continent? Not bad.
Number Six: The Team Used to be Named the New York Highlanders
Before they moved to the Bronx, this was the name of the franchise. They were given this name because they played in the hilly uptown Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights.
Number Five: Recent Yankee Retiree Mariano Rivera Pitched in More World Series Games than Any Other Player in History
And he won the World Series five times in his career. Mariano Rivera is known as one of the best closers in history, and this statistic will help bolster the argument that he was the best ever.
Number Four: Yankee Great Mickey Mantle Hit the Most World Series Home Runs of All Time
He has a total of 18 home runs in playoff games alone. They helped him win some of his world championships, even though the team won without any home runs from the slugger in n ’51, ’61 and ’62.
Number Three: The Yankees Were the First Team to Use Numbered Uniforms
Other teams had tried it, but the Yankees were the first to permanently adopt them. They first incorporated them in 1929.
Number Two: The League Once Tried to Make Rules to Stop the Yankees From Winning
This first began after one of many Yankee championships in 1939. One of the newly added rules (that only last a few years) made it so that teams could not make trades with pennant winners.
Number One: Yankee Great Derek Jeter Hit a Walk-Off Single in His Last At-Bat at Yankee Stadium
The all-time great shortstop had a number of incredible plays in his storied career. But to hit a walk-off RBI in your last at-bat at your historic home stadium? It doesn’t get much sweeter than that. That’s it for the list of Yankee facts you didn’t know, thanks for reading.