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The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the Bronx borough of New York City that competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the American League's (AL) East Division. One of the AL's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles. The team moved to New York City in 1903 and became the New York Highlanders, before taking "Yankees" as their official name in 1913. The team's nicknames consist of "The Bronx Bombers", "The Yanks", "The Pinstripers",and "The Evil Empire"

The Atherton Family Era (1921-1973)

In 1921, after spending the past 17 years in ambiguity, the Bombers are purchased by former President of the United States Ryan Atherton for $1,000,000 dollars. During the 1st 2 years of the "Atherton Era", the Yankees won the American League Pennant both times (1921 & 1922), reaching the World Series, but suffered defeats both times at the hands of rival New York Giants. In 1923, at the instance of Manager Miller Huggins and GM ED Barrow, Atherton goes "shopping" for Talent. Atherton ends up signing 2 pitchers, Waite Hoyt & Herb Pennock, and 20-year old 1st Baseman Lou Gehrig. In October 1923, The Yankees won their 1st World Series, winning 4 games to 2 over the New York Giants.

In 1926, The Yankees won their 4th American Pennant, before losing 4 games to 3 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 1927, "Murderers Row", The New York Times' nickname for Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Earle Combs and Tony Lazzeri won the AL Pennant and swept the World Series, 4 games to 0 over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 1928, Murderers Row struck again, winning both the AL Pennant and the World Series, sweeping the series 4-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1930, Ryan Atherton, now 90-years old, steps down as Yankees President. While he remains Principal Owner, his son, 50-year old Rex Atherton, a West Pointer and 32-year US Army Veteran, is named as named as his successor.

Ryan Atherton would pass away in April 1948, at the age of 108. his son Rex inherits ownership of the team


The Cobb/Atherton Feud

In 1930, Rex Atherton makes headlines when he signs 19-year old 3rd baseman Hank Greenberg, a Jewish-American from the South Bronx. The signing puts Rex at odds with MLB Commissioner Ty Cobb, a fervent racist and anti-Semite, demands that the signing be voided. When Rex refuses, Commissioner Cobb suspends both Atherton and Greenberg for life. Atherton responds by banning Cobb from all Yankee venues and events for life. The same year, Yankee Stadium becomes the 1st professional sports venue to be desegregated.

With the help of Greenberg, Murders Row V2: Gehrig, Lazzeri, Greenberg and Ruth (who retired after the 1934 season), won the 1932 AL Pennant and World Series. During the 32' Series, Lou Gehrig became famous for hitting the "called shot", in which he pointed to the centerfield bleachers, and on the next pitch, drove a homerun to the same spot. That same year, Ryan Atherton, now 92, dumps millions of dollars into New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential Campaign.

In 1933, The Yankees signed Shortstop Rogers Hornsby. In 1936, the Yankees sign rookie outfielder Joe DiMaggio. The new line up is as follows.

1- 2B- Tony Lazzeri

2- SS- Rogers Hornsby

3- CF- Joe DiMaggio

4- 1B- Lou Gehrig

5- 3B- Hank Greenberg

6- C- Bill Dickey

7- LF- George Selkirk

8- RF- Jake Powell

9- Pitcher Spot

From 1936-1939, under Manager Casey Stengel, the Yankees won 4 consecutive AL Pennants and 4 World Series Titles.


American League Pennants

The Yankees have won 40 American League Championships

  • 1921
  • 1922
  • 1923
  • 1926
  • 1927
  • 1928
  • 1932
  • 1936
  • 1937
  • 1938
  • 1939
  • 1941
  • 1942
  • 1943
  • 1947
  • 1949
  • 1950
  • 1951
  • 1952
  • 1953
  • 1955
  • 1956
  • 1957
  • 1958
  • 1960
  • 1961
  • 1962
  • 1963
  • 1964

-- Following the 1968 Season, The League Championship Series was introduced.

  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1978
  • 1981

-- Beginning with the 1995 Season, The Division Series was introduced, meaning that 4 teams from each league would make the playoffs

  • 1996
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2009


World Series Championships

The New York Yankees have 27 World Championships

1- 1923

2- 1927

3- 1928

4- 1932

5- 1936

6- 1937

7- 1938

8- 1939

9- 1941

10- 1943

11- 1947

12- 1949

13- 1950

14- 1951

15- 1952

16- 1953

17- 1956

18- 1958

19- 1961

20- 1962

21- 1977

22- 1978

23- 1996

24- 1998

25- 1999

26- 2000

27- 2009

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