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50 Greatest Yankee Moments. Introduction and Chronology
Posted by Ken Revis at 11:31 PM on August 26, 2011
The New York Yankees are the most successful team in the history of baseball - in fact in the history of all North American sports. And that's coming from a life-long Boston Red Sox fan who grew up in the 40's and 50's and suffered all kinds of humiliations at the hands of the Bombers. With 27 World Series championships and 40 American League pennants, the Yankees have thoroughly dominated the sport. For all the hate of the Yankees outside of New York (and even in New York in some quarters), with the likes of Babe Ruth (curse or no curse), Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera, they have been the envy of all other franchises and their respective fan bases.
So how could a historical website, such as this one, neglect this significant Yankees' contribution to professional baseball? The answer is - even for a die-hard Red Sox fan such as myself - you can't. This blog is dedicated to documenting the 50 greatest moments in Yankee history, one that is so rich in great moments, perhaps hundreds of them, that it represents a significant challenge. Such an attempt also risks incurring the wrath of Yankee fandom for omitting certain favorite moments. This is particularly true for a Red Sox fan documenting pinstripe accomplishments. However, for better or worse, here we go.
The first question is - what qualifies a moment or game to be the greatest? What criteria should we use? First of all, I believe it should be a lasting moment - one that fans talk about for years after the event. Second, it should be a moment that transcends the team. Fans from all over major league baseball, at least in their most objective moments (should that be possible) should agree to the moment's greatness. Third, the moment or game should contribute directly to the team's eventual pennant or championship and/or it should break existing American League or major league records. With the criteria established, we can now proceed with beginning to post the moments.
Each day for the next 50 days we will post one of the greatest moments in Yankee history under the tag of 50 Greatest Yankee Moments. They will not necessarily be posted in order of their importance, although the earlier ones will most likely be the ones most observers believe are the greatest in Yankee history. We welcome your input as to the moments/games you think should be included.
Chronological List of 50 Greatest Yankee Moments
Categories: 50 Greatest Yankee Moments
Teams: Cubs, Red Sox, Royals, Yankees
Players: Jim Abbott, Yogi Berra, Aaron Boone, David Cone, Bucky Dent, Joe DiMaggio, Whitey Ford, Lou Gehrig, Joe Gordon, Tommy Henrich, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, Don Larsen, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Billy Martin, Billy Martin, Don Mattingly, Allie Reynolds, Bobby Richardson, Richardson, Dave Righetti, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, Buddy Rosar, Babe Ruth, Ralph Terry, David Wells, Dave Winfield