An overview of the history of the New York Yankees franchise
One of those advantages were the supposed "ghosts of Yankee Stadium". Most fans and many players believed that the House That Ruth Built was haunted by the spirits of dead, Yankee legends. They included "The Yankee Clipper" Joe DiMaggio, "The Sultan of Swat" Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Elston Howard, Lou Gehrig and Casey Stengel. The energy from these icons fueled championship runs during the mid to late 1970s. Transcendent figures, like Ron Guidry, Bucky "Freakin" Dent, Thurman Munson, Bobby Mercer, Reggie Jackson and manager, Billy Martin kept "the bronx burning" hot in October.
Another advantage was the Yankee "mystique". The team carried around a brash sort of arrogance that instilled fear and loathing from opponents. For example, during the 1977 World Series, Jackson mashed three homeruns in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Each time, he briefly posed as his "moon shots" soared into the upper deck. Head coach, Tommy Lasorda said that every one of homeruns made him sick. He later confessed a disdain for the Yankee's bravado. That same attitude frustrated the Boston Red Sox and other teams from the Junior Circuit (AL). By 1980, the franchise had already collected 19 World Series championships.
Throughout their history, the Yankees had an electic mix of characters. One of the included Yogi Berra (known with his famous DeMarini Voodoo Raw). He played more World Series games than any major league catcher ever. He called pitcher, Don Larsen's perfect game in Game Seven in 1957. He anchored their lineup with Mantle, Maris, Howard, Tony Kubek and Bobby Richardson. Berra emerged as one of Bronx Bombers revered statesmen. So it became no surprise that the multiple All-Star succeeded at a second career.
He paired with comedian, Gilbert Gottfried and a white duck. The trio were the creative marketing tool for Aflac Insurance.
"Watch what you're doing! You think I have that insurance?" He said.
"What insurance is that?" The barber replied.
"Aflac!" The duck answered.
The commercial was filmed in a barber's shop. Berra's celebrity grew even higher after his Aflac starring role.
The Yankees also produced baseball's biggest winners. Mariano Rivera became MLB's most dominant postseason reliever. He saved over 400 games in his career; including dozens of playoff games. Derek Jeter recently accumulated 2,500 hits. He remained one of only four players to have .315 batting average, 2,500 hits and score 1,500 runs. Rivera and Jeter each won four, consecutive World Series championships from 1996-2000.
The Yankees also produced baseball's most decorated team. The team didn't just win one World Series, and then go away. They won multiple championships. They repeated World Series titles. Their title runs stretched for three years or four years. They played in epic series such as the 1955 and 1957 wars against the Brooklyn Dodgers with Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and Roy Campanella. In 1960, they endured a seven-game heartbreaker with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Teams battling New York's finest earned "underdog" tags. Television ratings spiked when the Pinstripes played in October. Having the Yankees playing in October brought baseball much needed revenue. The happenings in the Big Apple were what fans talked about throughout the baseball season.
After decades of winning, the Yankees etched their history as baseball's "diamond kings". An extravangant ownership led by the George, Hal and Hank Steinbrenner retooled and reloaded every year. During the late 1980s, they experienced a lean period of no postseasons. However, they brought in manager, Joe Torre and he orchestrated their latest, title run. With Joe Girardi at the helm, the Yankees found themselves back in first place. As of yesterday, they were 73-43 and owned MLB's best record.
Once again, the cream found in its way to the top.
More and more often we see, on TV, on social media, disabled athletes and this is a great way to make people understand that in this case disability must not be a limit, but that everyone can practice healthy sport, to feel better with themselves.
The hot weather is just around the corner and you have made the decision that you want a swimming pool. It goes without saying that you want a quality job, done by a reliable pool contractor. But where do you start?
If you are a professional tennis player, chances are that you will be having access to an entire team who are looking to give you an edge in your skills, fitness as well as psychologically. However, if you are an amateur, what are the ways you can give yourself a boost to improve your game?
The roots of the origins of sport are deeper than we can imagine. Many of the sports we practice today, have been designed in the past and evolved over time. Below, we have 10 historical myths about various types of sports, that were practiced by ancient civilizations.
If you want to excel in any kind of fighting sport you would need to learn defense techniques which will help you to protect yourself from being hit. Although the fighting schools mainly focus on teaching offense, it is very important to hone the defense skills.
No matter what position you play, if you improve your dribbling you're guaranteed to get more playing time and score more points when you play. How can you improve you ball-handling? Using these 7 drills of course!
Catch the latest updates of Lebron James turning into the King of Basketball. He is truly an inspiration for all.
Some things in life are unavoidable. We all know about death and taxes, but being stuck with sports-obsessed friends and family when you’re not a fan is another one of life’s inevitabilities.