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A Major League Baseball team based in New York City USA.

Founded: 1901 (charter American League member)
Formerly known as: Baltimore Orioles, 1901-1902. New York Highlanders, 1903-1910. "Yankees" and "Highlanders" used interchangeably over the next couple of years.
Home ballpark: [Yankee Stadium]?, New York City
Uniform colors: Midnight Blue with white or gray (Home uniform has distinctive pinstripes)
Logo design: Interlocking NY
League pennants won: 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, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
World Series championships won: 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000

In October 2001, New York defeated the Oakland Athletics 3 games to 2 in the Divisional Series, and then defeated the Seattle Mariners in the American League Championship Series, 4 games to 1, before losing a close World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Franchise history

In World Series play, the Yankees have won 26 and lost 12, over an 80-season span. This level of success is unmatched in professional sports in the United States.

The team originated in Baltimore and played its first two years there under manager [John McGraw]?. When the league wrested control of the club from McGraw? in order to move it to the more lucrative New York market, McGraw? left for the competition in that market, the New York Giants and achieve substantial success with them. The Highlanders, as they were known, enjoyed brief moments of success, finishing in second place in the American League in 1904 and 1910, but spent much of the 1900s and 1910s in the cellar.

Under new ownership in the late 1910s, the Yankees, as they were now called, acquired a number of players who would later contribute to their success, mostly from the Boston Red Sox, whose owner, Harry Frazee, was unwilling to pay high salaries to the players on his team despite that team having won four World Series titles in the 1910s. The Yankees acquired pitchers Carl Mays, Bob Shawkey and Herb Pennock, catcher Wally Schang, and most notably, pitcher-turned-outfielder Babe Ruth. Led by manager [Miller Huggins]?, the Yankees went through their first period of great success, winning six AL pennants and three World Series during the decade. The 1927 team featured the one-two punch of Ruth and Lou Gehrig and is sometimes considered to be the best team in the history of baseball (though similar claims have been made for other Yankee squads, notably those of 1939 and 1998).

Other highlighted periods of the team's history:

Players of note

Baseball Hall of Famers: [Yogi Berra]?, [Jack Chesbro]?, [Bill Dickey]?, [Joe DiMaggio]?, [Whitey Ford]?, [Lefty Gomez]?, Lou Gehrig, [Waite Hoyt]?, [Reggie Jackson]?, [Mickey Mantle]?, [Red Ruffing]?, Babe Ruth, [Dave Winfield]?
Current stars: Roger Clemens, Derek Jeter, Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Bernie Williams
Not to be forgotten: Hal Chase, Tommy Henrich, Elston Howard (AL MVP, 1963), Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson.
Retired numbers: #1 Billy Martin, #3 Babe Ruth, #4 Lou Gehrig, #5 [Joe DiMaggio]?, #7 [Mickey Mantle]?, #8 [Yogi Berra]? and Bill Dickey, #10 Phil Rizzuto, #15 Thurman Munson, #16 Whitey Ford, #23 Don Mattingly, #32 Elston Howard, #37 Casey Stengel, #42 Jackie Robinson, #44 Reggie Jackson


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