The New York Yankees Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

With about twenty-six world championships and thirty-nine American League victories, the New York Yankees has been a top favorite baseball team in the United States and even across the globe since its most active performance in the 1920’s. Not bad for a team that has had two name changes, lost a gym, and undergone a few financial challenges along the way.

Originally founded as the Baltimore Orioles in 1901 by manager and co-owner, John McGraw, the team only played two seasons before becoming New York Highlanders in 1903, resulting from their move to New York. Their final name change, however, occurred during their transfer to Polo Grounds, which was rebuilt in 1913 after burning down to the ground 2 years prior. Now called the Yankees, officially the New York Yankees, the team has had success after success and pennants after pennants showing their victory since.

The team boasts the most famous baseball players of all time such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra to name a few.

In the 1920’s, a trading of players initiated by Harry Frazee gave the Yankees their greatest trophy of all time—Babe Ruth. Since the acquisition of Babe Ruth, his original team, the Boston Red Sox, suffered no single Championship in 86 years. This single trade was even regarded something highly uncanny and is famously known as the Curse of the Bambino. Babe Ruth brought the Yankees home run after home run, which continued until he retired in 1948. Following Babe Ruth’s successes and victorious momentum was Joe DiMaggio who is famous for hitting in 56 successive games, a record which still stands today, and for assisting the team in its straight four World Series titles from 1936 to 1939. He became a 3-time Most Valuable Player and 13-time All Star Player and had garnered over 361 home runs and a .579 slugging percentage until his retirement.

Achievements, as well as changes, followed the Yankees even after the Second World War. Two years after the war ended, the 27th of April 1947 became Babe Ruth Day, on August 16 of the following year, the most loved outfielder died due to throat cancer at 53 years old, and by October, Casey Stengel became the Yankees’ new manager, replacing Bucky Harris.

The New York Yankees made history since the very first pitch up to today’s latest victory. This year, the New York Yankees have moved to a new ballpark which will also be called the Yankee Stadium. Although there are lesser seats in the new stadium compared with the old Yankee Stadium, the building cost around $1.6 billion dollars to construct.

The Yankees are set to remain the most successful baseball team in American League history amidst a few rocky challenges in the previous seasons and are determined to regain the number one spot which they have lost out to the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.

With a new and more refined line up of free agents and under the management of Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees are ready to take the field once more with their sights for a couple more World Championships.