The Yankees & the NFL

The Yankees & the NFL

As we await the Super Bowl, let's jump into Yankees history and look at the connections between the New York Yankees and professional football. These connections go back to the early days of both sports.  While some of the players’ names in this passage will be familiar to sports enthusiasts, this essay includes the story of one of the least remembered New York sports legends of all time.

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A Closer Look At The 1936-39 Yankees

A Closer Look At The 1936-39 Yankees

With the wealth of elite young talent the Yanks have brought to the big league level, and the potential for additions in the trade and free agent market, one hears many pundits comment that the Yanks should be a good team “for a long while”, with potential to be great. We probably shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves quite yet though, as this team has only accumulated two playoff berths, wild card ones at that.  

Looking back, a case can be made for the “best” Yankee era was the 1936-1939 squads.

Let’s look closer at the 1936-1939 Yankees…

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A LOOK BACK - The 1934 Yankees, Original Footage. Classic!

A LOOK BACK - The 1934 Yankees, Original Footage.  Classic!

You don’t want to miss this rare footage!

In addition, please take the time to read the game notes on this footage that I collected.

Of special interest this week especially - was there a player in 1934 who wore uniform #0?

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The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 4 1936-39

The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 4 1936-39

I contend that throughout their history, when the Yankees have been successful it is because they have used their great financial strength to acquire the necessary talent in order to build the best teams possible. I contend that has been the Yankees way from the very start of their success and it had defined their successful periods right up until the present day.

I decided to look at this in summary form to test my theory. In this new series, I will examine the various successful periods in Yankees history. I will look at the team’s starting players and find out how they were acquired to see if my perspective is correct.

Today’s article was written by Mike Whiteman as a continuation of this series.

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Yankees Pitchers Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina Elected to the Hall of Fame!

Yankees Pitchers Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina Elected to the Hall of Fame!

Jeff Idelson, the President of the Baseball Hall of Fame, made the official announcement of the 2019 Hall of Fame induction class earlier today on MLBNetwork. This year, the Today’s Game Veterans Committee and the BBWAA have elected 6 players to forever be remembered in the annals of Major League Baseball History. Joining them, will be two great Yankees pitchers, with their inductions into the halls of Cooperstown, NY.

These two amazing Yankees pitchers will join 26 other Yankees players, executives, and managers in Cooperstown this summer.

The first Yankee announced to be joining the 2019 Hall of Fame class, who will spur much debate about what cap he will be wearing in Cooperstown, with 76.7% of the vote, starting pitcher: Mike Mussina.

In his 18-Year Career, Mussina collected 83.0 WAR, pitched to an ERA of 3.86, and a WHIP of 1.192 over 3562.2 innings while pitching exclusively in the AL East. Even with his 5 All-Star Games, and 7 Gold Glove awards, Mussina’s case for the Hall of Fame had been greatly debated.

The second Yankee announced to be joining the 2019 Hall of Fame class, and the first ever player to be elected unanimously by the BBWAA, with 100% of the vote, and is- without a doubt- the greatest relief pitcher in baseball history: Mariano Rivera.

In his 19-Year Career, Mariano collected 56.2 WAR, set the career record for Saves with 652, and pitched to an ERA of 2.21, and a WHIP of 1.000 over 1283.2 innings. In addition to his 13 All-Star Games, and 5 World Series Rings, Rivera’s advanced stats also paint the picture an amazing pitcher.

Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina join fellow BBWAA 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee’s: Roy Halladay (RHP) and Edgar Martinez (DH/3B); alongside Veteran’s Committee Inductee’s: Lee Smith (RHP) and Harold Baines (DH/OF).

Congratulations to all the players above on Baseball Immortality and Welcome to Cooperstown!

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The NY Post Listed Their Top 10 Yankees... Here Are My Top 10, Who Are Yours?

The NY Post Listed Their Top 10 Yankees... Here Are My Top 10, Who Are Yours?

Here is a fun exercise for a Sunday afternoon. The New York Post asked its baseball writers to list the Top-Ten Yankees of all time.

I decided to follow their lead and list mine as well. I also made a few other shorter lists as well.

I created my lists before looking carefully at the lists in the Post, although I would guess the Top-10 lists are very similar.

Please add your list to the comments!

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The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 3: 1932

The Yankees Way? A Brief Look At How The Championship Were Built, Pt. 3: 1932

I contend that throughout their history, when the Yankees have been successful it is because they have used their great financial strength to acquire the necessary talent in order to build the best teams possible.

I decided to look at this in summary form to test my theory. In this series, I am examining the various successful championship periods in Yankees history. I will look at the team’s starting players and find out how they were acquired to see if my perspective is correct.

Some of the data used for this installment comes from Mike Whiteman who wrote the next post in this series on the 1936-39 Yankees.

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