ESPN NY Ranks the Top 50 Yankees of All-Time 167


Babe Ruth New York YankeesESPN New York came up with a list of the 50 Greatest Yankees of All-Time. I think it was just a reason for them to run 50 photos for everyone to click on, but I found it very interesting as I went through it so I decided to share it with all of our readers.

I don’t know what to say about the list. It seems hard to me to compare some of these players as most played their entire careers in Pinstripes while others played as few as four or five. Because of this parts of the list seem arbitrary although I have no major complaints. I’m sure some of you will though, so take a look at the list and let us all know what you think.

  1. Babe Ruth
  2. Lou Gehrig
  3. Joe DiMaggio
  4. Mickey Mantle
  5. Mariano Rivera
  6. Yogi Berra
  7. Derek Jeter
  8. Whitey Ford
  9. Red Ruffing
  10. Bill Dickey
  11. Don Mattingly
  12. Thurman Munson
  13. Alex Rodriguez
  14. Lefty Gomez
  15. Reggie Jackson
  16. Andy Pettitte
  17. Ron Guidry
  18. Tony Lazzeri
  19. Bernie Williams
  20. Phil Rizzuto
  21. Jorge Posada
  22. Roger Maris
  23. Earle Combs
  24. Elston Howard
  25. Goose Gossage
  26. Allie Reynolds
  27. Herb Pennock
  28. Dave Winfield
  29. Graig Nettles
  30. Paul O’Neill
  31. Mel Stottlemyre
  32. Waite Hoyt
  33. Willie Randolph
  34. Spud Chandler
  35. Bobby Murcer
  36. Charlie Keller
  37. Tommy Henrich
  38. Joe Gordon
  39. Vic Raschi
  40. Rickey Henderson
  41. Eddie Lopat
  42. Jack Chesbro
  43. Hank Bauer
  44. Roy White
  45. David Cone
  46. Catfish Hunter
  47. Gil McDouglad
  48. Sparky Lyle
  49. Bob Meusel
  50. Mike Mussina

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Rob Abruzzese created Bronx Baseball Daily in 2008 just before graduating from Brooklyn College. He currently serves BBD as its editor and works as a reporter at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Follow Rob on Twitter @RobAbruzzese.


167 thoughts on “ESPN NY Ranks the Top 50 Yankees of All-Time

    • anthony dagostino

      list is very good should have wells perhaps tying mussina so both at 50. but anyway the paul oneill vs dave winfield vs reggie argument is a raging one amounst many yankee fans at the bar. reggie the clutch big mouth hof slugger. winfield the great "hitter" and rbi guy for a decade who failed in his only yankee ws. and paul oniell who isnt considered a hofer because he wasnt a slugger but he was the best pure hitter of the 3 and was just as clutch as reggie. his skills abd patient approach & never give up an at bat style is what personified the yankee dynasty of the late 90s. the only real question is when does oneill & bernie & pettite get their numbers retired.

    • Big Apple

      List needs updating.Robinson Cano needs to be on it.Mantle needs to be above DiMaggio.

    • Moose

      Ruth-Mantle-Lou-JoeD-Berra-Jeter-Mariano-Whitey-Ruffing-Reggie——-what's your top 10?

    • Donny Baseball

      1.Ruth
      2.Mantle
      3.Gehrig
      4.Joe D
      5.Mariano
      6.Berra
      7.Jeter
      8.Whitey
      9.Dickey
      10.Mattingly

  • Hardcore Yankee Fan

    I think Mantle should be #2 or maybe Joe. Gehrig should be #4. Jeter should be #5.

      • Hardcore Yankee Fan

        Mantle was every bit the beast that Gehrig was. Not only are his numbers pretty much right there with Gehrig's, but he played CF (much harder) and played in an era where colored people were allowed.

        More importantly, he had many more championships and defined excellence, not only for the Yankees or baseball, but all of sports during the 1950s and early 60s for an entire generation of Americans. Gehrig was a distant second fiddle (as great as he was) to Ruth.

        • Franco Kotos

          Mantle was my idol growing up but if you compare Mantle and Gehrig by the numbers, Gehrig is much better…just compare major numbers such as rbi totals, extra base hits, batting average…Gehrig is one of the most under-rated ballplayers of all time…he was too quiet and played in the shadows of Babe Ruth…Mantle was all about an era of New York Yankee baseball…as far as popularity goes, Mantle clearly outshines Gehrig even though Gehrig was part of many world championships…

          • Hardcore Yankee Fan

            His numbers cosmetically look great because every star from that era has great numbers. Runs were dime a dozen then. During Mantle's era, they were much harder to come by. Gehrigs OPS+ is 178 and Mantle is 172. That's pretty much in the same ballpark. Mantle has more career WAR than Gehrig, though he has a much higher hurdle because his defensive value gets compared with a replacement level CF and not a first basemen. Not to mention all the extra net stolen bases that Mantle has over Gehrig. So no, when you look further, Gehrig doesn't have "much better" numbers than Mantle.

          • Franco Kotos

            one of the big differences between Gehrig and Mantle was that Gehrig was a great contact hitter…Gehrig just didn't strike out that much and was a great doubles hitter as well as a hr slugger…considerably better slugging percentage…Gehrig had 117 extra base hits in 1927…i have no idea how to compare generations and that's a good point you bring up…

      • Jimmy

        Gehrig was a monster but Mickey was a faster monster.Bill James ranks Mantle ahead of Lou & Joe D.James makes compelling argument.

    • mickey

      gehrig 4 ??? no no no no …. love mickey but gehrig….. always ruth . gehrig not just yankees . but baseball.. after that enjoy the debate

      • Bill James copycat

        Very interesting debate….just looked up expert Bill James opinion…Mantle,Lou,the Joe…

      • Nat

        True greatness is getting it done when it's most important aka WORLD SERIES….Mantle holds so many WS RECORDS…HR, RBI, RUNS SCORED, TOTAL BASES,AND EXTRA BASE HITS.No doubt Joe D and Lou great but agree Mantle #2!

    • John Nouskajian

      Mantle had way more power and speed than Joe D and played against better pitching.Mickey all time World Series leader in homers and RBI.The "Mick" should be #2.

      • Marianne

        I have to agree about Mantle….triple crown 1956 with 52 bombs and 2nd Vic Wertz had 32… Not a triple crown like Yaz when he tied for HR crown! What's more exciting than those tape measure homers before the players got on the "juice"?Who else almost hit it out of the Stadium?

        • Long ball

          The Mick #2 …..have to agree….Iron Horse awesome too but #3.At his best Mantle was spectatular!

        • Topps

          The experts are now elevating Mickey with numerical analysis…OPS etc. many now point out Mickey even appears better than Willie—–agree Mantle #2 Yankee!

          • Willie

            Most lists now rate Mickey above Joe D re all time center fielders.Mantle should be higher as well on all time Yankee list.Simply more exciting to watch!

          • Casey

            Joe D was controlled and smooth but the "Mick" was lightning and dynamite.500 homers that often traveled 500 feet and could run like a deer.Mantle should be rated above smooth.

    • M.i

      Mick,Joe,and Lou are close for number2 but I give edge to Mantle.The iron horse had the babe and Joe's teams were loaded but Mickey played against better competion.Mantle #2.Speed/power combo unmatched!

      • Nathan

        Mickey's World Series records of runs scored,RBI, and 18 homers might tip scale in his favor not to mention his catch in deep left center to save Don Larsen's perfect game.It is close but give the Mick # 2.

    • Gina

      Joe D #4,Iron Horse #3, and #2 The Mick.Mantle played against deeper pitching staffs….more relievers and more night games.

      • Vic

        Difficult to compare all time greats from different decades…20's to 60's but safe to say batting ave. got lower and lower presumably because pitching got deeper and deeper.Lou,Joe,and Mick all awesome but rate Mantle #2 due to his clutch walk-off homers and World Series records for runs scored,RBI, and homers!

      • DeNike

        Babe 1 all time Yankee #1 all time baseball.Mantle #2, Lou #3, Joe D #4, Yogi#5, Jeter #6 ,Whitey. #7.

    • Pinstripes

      Mantle career on base % .421 in the 1950-60's….better than "say hey kid"…rate Mantle #2, "Iron horse 3, Joe D 4.

    • The Facade hitter

      Mickey #2…great teammate.More power,speed,better in WORLD SERIES against better deeper competion.

    • Nathan John

      Babe 1 all time Yankee #1 all time baseball.Mantle #2 , Lou #3, Joe #4, Mariano #5, Yogi #6, Jeter #7, Whitey#8,Reggie #9, Ruffing 10,

    • Martin

      Babe 1 all time Yankee #1 all time baseball.Mantle #2, Iron Horse #3, Joe #4,Whitey#5,Yogi6,Jeter 7, Mariano 8, Red 9, Reggie 10, Donnie 11, Pettie 12

    • Casey

      Babe 1,Mantle 2, Lou 3, Joe 4, Yogi 5, Derek 6, Ford 7, Mo 8, Dickey 9, Ruffing 10, Pettite 11, B Williams 12, Reggie 13, Mattingly 14, Tony Lazzeri 15

    • The Boss

      Babe 1,Mantle 2 , Iron 3 , Joe D 4, Yogi 5, Jeter 6, Whitey 7, Mo 8, Dickey 9, Red 10, Pettite 11, Reggie 12, B Williams 13, T Lazzeri 14, Guidry 15

    • Rob Neyer copycat

      Mickey.#2 ! Mantle's teams weren't as good as Joe Ds and yet Mick has better OPS.Teams scored more runs in Joe's day because pitching not as deep.The Mick holds all the most important WS records—HR,RBI,RUNS SCORED yet Joe's teams won more titles because his supporting cast was stronger.

    • The bomber

      Babe,Mantle,Lou,Joe,Berra,Mariano,Whitey,Jeter, Reggie,Dickey —– top 10! What's yours?

        • Gina

          Bambino
          Mickey
          Lou G
          Joe D
          Yogi
          Ford
          Derek
          Mariano
          L Gomez
          Dickey
          Reggie
          Posada
          Ruffing
          Rizzuto
          Williams
          Petite
          Lazzeri
          Munson
          Mattingly
          Maris

    • Drake Nathan John

      Ruth
      Mantle
      Gehrig
      DiMaggio
      Berra
      Ford
      Jeter
      Rivera
      Reggie
      Dickey
      Posada
      Ruffing
      Rizzuto
      Munson
      Williams
      Guidry
      Mattingly
      Lazzeri
      Petite
      E Howard

    • Art

      Bambino
      Mantle
      Gehrig
      Berra
      DiMaggio
      Jeter
      Ford
      Rivera
      L Gomez
      Ruffing
      Reggie
      Dickey
      Lazzeri
      Rizzuto
      Petite
      B Williams
      Mattingly
      Munson
      E Howard
      Maris
      Guidry

    • Victor

      Babe
      Mickey
      Lou
      Yogi
      Joe D
      Whitey
      Mariano
      Jeter
      L Gomez
      Dickey
      Reggie
      Ruffing
      Petite
      Rizzuto
      Lazzeri
      Posada
      Mattingly
      Munson
      E Howard
      Maris

    • Johnny

      Babe then Mantle #2——-before you dispute this analysis read Bill James on the issue—- very interesting!Joe D then Gehrig,Berra.

    • Padres

      Only time Brooklyn beat Yanks in WS 1955—–Mickey injured only played 3 of 7 games.Not a coincidence!!!!!!

  • MURRAY

    AS A 15 YEAR YANKEE GOOD TIMES AND BAD ROY WHITE SHOULD BE A HEAD OF HENDERSON, MURCER,WINFIELD POSADA BAUER AND PROBABLY THAT OVER RATED REGGIE

    • Matt

      I'm with you, Murray – he was in the Bronx his whole career. He played with an old Mick, then Horace Clarke, all the way to scoring on Bucky Dent's home run off Torrez in 78. To be honest, I was surprised they included him on the list

      • MURRAY

        matt why would they not include Roy on this this

        the only reason i think would be as Whitey ford said in his book FEW AND CHOSEN

        ;roy is the most underated yankee and un appreciated yankee of all time all he did was do his job day in and day out AND DID IT WELL without causing any problems'

  • Susan

    Bernie Williams needs to be higher than 19th. I don't know why but he seems to never get as much credit as he deserves. I think a case could be made that he was the greatest Yankee of the late 90s championship teams. The only one I might put ahead of him from the current era is Rivera.

  • none

    Wells should be no where near this list after giving up in the 2003 world series in thr pivotal game in florida

  • coolnewyorker

    Many in this list are retired HoFers and some are HoF shoo-ins on retirement. Some retired and some still playing are borderline HoFers. But who are not in HoF induction consideration, retired or active?

    Is it possible to be in this list and not be at least borderline HoF material? Murcer?

  • Tom Gentry

    THE 61 YANKS WITH THE M&M BOYS, MANTLE & MARIS, NOT TO OUT SHINE RUTH & GEHRIG, BOTH WERE GREAT CONTACT HITTERS, BOTH WERE GREAT OUT FIELDERS, BOTH PLAYED FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME, NOT LIKE A BUNCH OF TODAY'S BITCHY MILLIONAIRES, SPOILED LITTLE BASTARDS.

    61 YANKS MAY NOT HAVE WON 110 GAMES THAT SEASON, BUT THEY WERE A FORCE TO BE RECON WITH UNDER RALPH HOUK.

    IF ONE WOULD LOOK AT MANTLE'S OVER ALL BATTING AVERAGE, IT WAS .299, HIS LAST 2 SEASONS HE PLAYED FIRST BASE, YANKS NEEDED HIS BAT IN THE LINE UP

  • tony

    It was great to see Paul O'neill on this list. A great all around player for the Yankees and Reds and his enthusiasm and heart that rubbed off on everyone can't be measured in stats.

  • Tanned Tom

    Love lists like these. 1) Ruth 2) Mantle 3) Joe D. 4) Gehrig. 5) Yoig. It's not defaming anybody to switch positions in the top 4. It also needs to be pointed out that Mantle was the least well utilized player of the bunch. He was, even after the injuries, the fastest player in the majors for just about all of the 50's. Check out his stolen base pct and his GIDPs, both a tick above Mays for example who's usually thought of by fans today as faster. But nope, he wasn't. If Mantle played today he'd steal 30 bases every year, would have gone 30-30 ten times.

    • SteveO

      Why does some bozo always have to bring color into this? Look at Mattingly's individual stats, his gold gloves, his batting title, all-star appearances. Its all there on Wikipedia check it out. He was the one shining light in an otherwise dour decade for the Yankees. There are some debatable names on the list but Mr. Baseball for sure earned his place. For the record I personally would have put DJ at 5 and Mo, though I'm a huge fan, a few places lower, just below Whitey Ford.

    • Mad men

      HBO had a special on Mick….showing his speed (and power) but his speed seems to be forgotten.Costas interviewed Mays and Willie admitted,to his credit , the Mickey had move speed and power!

    • Muscles

      Baseball Referance has the "Mick" as AL BEST PLAYER 6 times and BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER 9 times!!! Since 1950 BR has Mantle's seasons in 56, 57, 61 RANKED #1, 2, & 4!
      Have to rate him #2….only behind the BAMBINO.

    • Stengalize

      Mickey needs to be ranked ahead of Joe D.Combination of power/speed and productivity has never been seen before or since! To his, credit Mays even admitted Mantle had more power and speed than he did.Mickey's offensive World Series records should push him above Joe.

    • Short porch

      Mickey needs to be ranked ahead of Joe D.Combination of power/speed and productivity has never been seen before or since! Whom do you believe would be more valuable? Hitting safely in 56 straight games or 500 bombs and lifetime leader in World Series homers and RBI.

  • Tanned Tom

    Others on this list: sorry Rob, but Munson was a terrible catcher who couldn't throw, run, or hit for anything more than decent power. I'm no Posada fan, but Munson is lucky to be a back up if Posada's on the team. Mattingly? Way overrated, because he's white I think. A-Rod? Wouldn't have him on my team. Rather have Scott Brosius, and I'm serious about this. Anyone who thinks Nettles was more valuable than O'Neill, or Posada more than Maris has just given up the right to be taken seriously. And finally, 2 that really rankle: Rickey Henderson, another HOFer I wouldn't want on my team, and Mussina who never came up big, yes I'd take Wells over him. Most glaring omission: El Duque.

    • RobMer

      Well you have some interesting opinions, I'll give you that.

      Munson was a strong defensive catcher, which is backed up by most advanced metrics. Even after his shoulder issues at the end of his career, he could still throw out runners at a much higher rate than Posada (who I live very much).

    • a dagostino

      wells did cost us the 2003 world series due to partying the night before & missing his start in game 4. Mussina pitched a few big games for us. Remember the flip play. 1-0 shutout on the road with his team down 0-2 in a best of 5. Thats a big game. Oneill, bernie, and pettite should be higher. but i think this list is fair wells;/mussina could tie for 50. and as honorable part time player clutch mention….oscar gamble

    • Charlie

      Tom, Munson was a GREAT catcher. Ranks 11th all time in percentage of base stealers caught. Great range behind the plate and called a terrific game. One of just three catchers to hit 300 and drive in 100 runs three years in a row (75-77) and first in AL to do it for any position since the 50s. Wins over replacement player per game played is top ten among catchers. Remember he played in a pitchers era. There were years when no one in the AL scored 100 runs, when 32 homers led the league and so on. Munson was third in slugging percentage in 73.

      • Rick

        Thurman Munson also averaged 1.59 hits per game, and among the Hall of Fame catchers in his era (Bench, Fisk and Carter), his stats over the 9 full years measure up to or exceed theirs…He is ranked in the top 100 for career batting average among players with at least 5000 at bats…He had hits in every post season game he played in except two…Rookie of the Year, MVP, 7 All Star appearances out of 9 full seasons, the first Yankee Captain since Lou Gehrig, over 1500 hits, etc., etc., etc.; why isn't he a HOFer?
        And TOUGH, too! A real gamer! I remember a game in 1973 (The first game of a doubleheader against the Angels) when Munson was hit in the head by a Nolan Ryan fastball, cracking his helmet…Munson caught the second game of the DH as well…Would ANY of the modern players do that?
        Thurman Munson should be in the Hall of Fame!

    • Doug B

      "Munson was a terrible catcher who couldn't throw"

      Munson threw out 44% of those who tried to steal on him. Next.

    • Pojack11

      Peolpe got you on Munson, he was better than Posada and Nettles was extremely valuable to those seventies early eighties teams both offfensively and especially defensively.

    • Stripes

      Another thought….in '61 Manager moved Mickey from #3 in order because Maris wasn't hitting.Mick was a team player.Maris got better pitches in #3 hole because pitchers didn't want to walk Roger and have to pitch to Mantle! Can you imagine a player making that sacrifice today?

  • David K.

    What is it with A-Rod and the number 13? I like A-Rod but he's not the 13th greatest Yankee of all time, should be around 40 to 50. He has only won one World Series. Bernie is much too low at 19, probably should be top 10. Look at the current Yankee team, there is no clutch hitter like Bernie, not even close.

  • paul

    people in the 50 s and 60s put mamtle ahead of joe dimaggio, because many have never seen him play, i never saw dimaggio dive for a ball, never saw diaggio out at a plate, and any think, like scoring form 2nd base or tagging up he only play 10 good yrs , 4 he was in the army, struck out 361 time in 10 yrs. that 36 times a yr. who does that any more, ever get a chance look up his record

    • Duane

      Dimaggio is obviously an all-time great. Some of his (fantastic) strikeout numbers are a reflection of the game at the time he played. Players struck out less (didn't swing for the fences as much) and he was facing tired starting pitchers that were less likely to strike him out compared to 100 mph throwing relievers (and lefty/righty specialists) of today.

  • paul

    my 10 best yankee in a line up derek jetter s.s. 2nd base canno 3base greg nettles. 4 1st base lou gergric, c. yogi berra lf mickey mantle c.f. joe dimaggio r.f babre ruth pitcher whitty ford relief picher goose gossage lefty sparkie lye

  • kevin

    the fact remains that…. really.. most all of these guys were so good that you could move them 2 or 3 slots either way…except for the top 10.. they are pretty much a lock in my opinion … i saw most everyone from maris and mantle on up play and all one has to do is read about what those players had to say about the old school guys. ….

  • timbo

    I'd take the list one step further – select an all-time batting line-up from it, five starting pitchers in order of importance, and a relief corp comprising long relief, set-up, and closer. The 100% lock, in everyone's vote, would have to be Mariano at closer – even the Babe would get some arguments over where to play him in an era of DH hitting. Given his build and less than stellar work-ethic fitness-wise, my vote would be to slot him in at DH. Purists might argue for selecting him in the position he was known for during his hitting days.

  • RobMer

    Having Rivera at #5 feels right at first look because he's acknowledged as the greatest at what he does, so he fits into the mold of Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle and DiMaggio, yet I still can't get past the fact he's a reliever, and that makes it difficult for him to deliver more value than position players like Jeter and Berra (who by most ratings is the second greatest catcher ever.) So I'd move Berra up to 5th, Jeter to 6th and Rivera to 7th. It's close between him and Whitey, who has to get credit for pitching far more innings, yet for now I'll leave Rivera a notch ahead of Ford.

    I'm thinking King Kong Keller needs to be somewhere in the top 50, but can't say for sure where. 152 career OPS+. A HOF talent who was held back too long, his swing was messed with, and then he got injured, which prevented him from putting up HOF numbers, but even with that his impact was major.

  • pau

    Cano has earned his way onto this list and if he stays healthy, he'll be moving up a few notches each year.

    • Greg Johnson

      I'd take the best of the Yankees and play a game against any other persons team an win almost everytime. Greg

      • Mike Sommer

        The Yanks' third string could beat the first string of many other teams. For example, NO team can go five deep in catchers the quality of Dickey, Berra, Howard, Munson & Posada. (Listed chronologically, not in order of depth).

  • Sonny Boy

    I saw 30 of the 50 play in my lifetime (from a little kid till now….) Jeez, I am getting old but WHAT a GREAT group of ball players, eh? by the way, to the knucklehead who said Munson couldn't hit, get your head out of your butt… he was one of the greatest clutch hitters in the 1970's… and that isn't just MY opinion. If you didn't see him (and you probably didn't) you don't know what you are talking about.

    • Oldranger7

      Sonny Boy, I think I counted 39 of those players I saw play. I must say putting Mo, Jeter, Reggie and A-Rod in the in the top 15 is nuts.
      Mo the greatest ONE inning closer of all time
      Jeter a singles hitting, below avg. Fielding SS, that played 3 or four years too long.
      Reggie, way overrated.
      A-Rod the best talent (other than Mickey) I have ever seen…but he wanted to be even better…big NO, NO.

  • Jack Naylor

    Very happy to see my old friend Tommy Henrich is on the list.
    What a fine gentleman he was.
    He truly loved both the Yankees and the game of Baseball.
    Tommy was a big Paul O'Neill fan and thought Derek Jeter to be a fine representative of the franchise.
    Now, if we could only get "Old Reliable" into the H.O.F.

  • bob

    Yogi has to move up a notch because he was a every day player. Turned out to be a great catcher thanks to Bill Dickey. Goose or Sparky maybe ahead of Mariano as they would pitch to more than 1 to 3 batters per outing. As good as Mariano has been I think they should be rated on same level or higher. I grew up in the 50's so I am partial to Yanks of that time but my dad (long deceased) went back to Ruth's time and he always said no one was better than Joe D. Come to think of it the great did Ted Williams said the same thing. Cano will end of on the list if he continues as he has but let's see his stats after 10 yrs. A-Rod–#1 on most overrated-Look at what he swings at way too often!!

  • Ed M

    How about Lou Pinella, clutch hitter and fielder, great catch in 77 w/s great stab in 78 playoff vs RedSox, Game winning hit in game 4 of 78 w/s

  • brett bobrzynski

    i feel like mike mussina should not be in the top 50 because he never won a world series with the yankees…. Also i feel that catfish hunter should be in the top ten….. BOBERX23

  • brett bobrzynski

    arod is probably the worst yankee to have ever walked the face of the earth

  • brett bobrzynski

    AROD is the best yankee to ever walk the face of the earth. Even though he did take steriods i feel in this time in the steriod era AROD did the right thing……………

  • brett bobrzynski

    donnie baseball should be in the top ten… he was the yankee capitan … i mean come on now i know he didnt win any world series with the yankkes but he will win one with the LA……… He is one of best yankees of all time!!! what do you thing??????????

  • James Hickey

    Joe Gordon over Lazzeri and Rizzuto. and Combs.and Randolph+ Munson. I love Henrich but he played right field, Gordon 2 base

  • mick farrell

    Moose Skowron deserves some recognition.He was a fixture of the mid 50's and early 60's teams

    • Bronx analyzer

      Think top 6 are probably correct but the order,other than Babe is the debate.Agree Mick should rank ahead of Joe D.Combo of speed/power Mantle demonstrated may be unmatched in history of game.Mick holds WS records in HR,RBI and RUNS SCORED!

    • Sammy

      Babe
      Mantle
      Gehrig
      Berra
      DiMaggio
      Jeter
      Ford
      Rivera
      Ruffing
      L Gomez
      Reggie
      Dickey
      Rizzuto
      Mattingly
      Munson
      E Howard
      Maris
      Lazzeri

  • jim stevens

    a pretty simple comparison of two players of the same era, for the yanks in 20's and 30's would tell you that pitcher herb pennock cleary deserves to be ranked better than earl combs…pennock was voted into the HOF with 77% of the vote in 1948…Combs was getting about 4% at that time and needed the veterans committee to put him in 22 years later…combs only strength was BA & though he had a fine lifetime mark, he never finished in the top 5 in any year as BA's were very high those years…pennock was in the top three for wins and era several times not to mention winning 5 world series games & losing none.

    • guest

      OMG too funny…Combs for his career scored runs per PA in the top ten all time. He is severely underrated.

  • Charles Jannuzi

    Hard to stick to 50, but I would put Matsui on the list. First, because he split his career between two teams–Yomiuri Giants and then the NYY. Second, because his numbers were very good. Third, because he more than anyone is why they won their last WS in 2009. He risked his entire baseball career on making it in NY and played very well for them.

  • Mike

    are you kidding me Arod ahead or Reggie Jackson, never, even t though Reggie played a few years for the Yanks he deliver when it matters unlike AFraud

  • Freddie

    Bernie just 2 ahead of Posada? Lower than Lazzeri? I'd say a little tweaking. Also, I would have put Ellie Howard above Maris, Rizzuto, Reggie (based on tenure) and A-Rod (based on a humongous differential in class.)

  • Bobby

    Ruth
    Mantle
    Gehrig
    DiMaggio
    Berra
    Jeter
    Whitey
    Mariano
    L Gomez
    Reggie
    Dickey
    Ruffing
    Rizzuto
    Petite
    Lazzeri
    Maris
    E Howard
    Mattingly
    Munson

  • David

    Agree Espn list doesn't have Mickey high enough!Hey guys—- look at research of James,Neyer & Schoenfield's.

  • tom

    joe diMaggio belongs ah fielder ead of mickey on the list right behind Lou . Mantle got up 8102 times and struck out 1710 times joe got up 6821 times and struck out 369 times Mickey hit 298 and joe hit 325 Joe played in the old Yankee Stadiam like mickey did but was right handed and had hit the ball a longer distance or he would have hit a lot more home runs. he was a great center I know because i watched him play 10 years of the 13 he played most people today don't know how good he was because they never saw him play.
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  • Howie G.

    ESPN got it right with Joe D. at No. 3. Would have hit 50 plus homers if left handed batter. Saw him robbed so many times in the left center alley at the old stadium. Hit many triples because he ran out every thing unlike the players of today. Watch Cano and then watch the photos of Joe. Also if picking Yankee all star team, would choose Nettles over A-Rod and would also pick Red Rolf from the 30s although I never saw him play.

  • Andoy

    Not enuf 60s players- for example, where's Kubek, Boyer, Skowron. Blanchard,, Richardson ?? I don't know where to rank them, but I'd knock out a few and put them in since they were in the WS most years they played!!

  • anthony

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  • yankeefan

    this is awesome – my only quibble would be to move Mo into the third spot behind Ruth and Gehrig. BTW – no one loves Donnie Baseball more than I do – however – Posada and Williams were certainly peers – if not (perhaps) ahead of Mattingly on this list. Andy Pettitte is also ranked way too low – I believe the benefit of hindsight will bear out my opinion on this. Great article – thank you for posting . . .

  • tony calli

    The yanks won 20 of 27 of their world titles from the 1920's to the early 1960's and have 27 of the top 50 players of all time, the other 23 players came after that and only 7 titles to their credit, to me it seems like there should be more players from earlier years and less from after the mid 60's, but what do I know , I'm only been following them from 1949..

    • Rob Abruzzese

      There are more teams in the league since then with a much greater competitive balance. Older players shouldn't be rewarded because it was easier for them to win championships. Besides, it takes an entire team to win a championship and it's an individual accomplishment to be on this list. Phil Rizzuto wasn't a better player than Don Mattingly because Rizzuto's teams were better.

      • tony calli

        Disagree , player's today have more advantages starting with equipment, training, play more games 162 to 154, more teams in playoffs, better travel by plane compared to train, juiced a ball, lighter bats, smaller parks in many cases for the home runs, and lets not forget , the drugs that have been used, lets hope they are finally gone.

    • Mike Sommer

      Richardson was a good defensive, but terrible offensive, player. A .266 career hitter who only walked 30 times a year, career OBP .299, no power (as was the case back then for most middle infielders) and an OPS of 77. OPS of 77 means that he was 23% worse than league average. He retired at age 31, so had he played five more years, with the natural aging and deterioration, his stats probably would be worse. Great WS player though. But everyday players with a career OPS of 77 shouldn't be in the top 50 of the Yanks' all-time list. Not a knock on Bobby… good player, great person, but his batting stats are what they are….from 1959-1966, he topped 80 in OPS just twice. On a team with a legit leadoff hitter, Richardson would have been batting 8th, and how do you put a guy who should have been batting 8th his whole career in the Yanks' top 50?

  • SuzyQ

    The list is pretty decent, Bernie & Posada could have been higher. People forget that the newer era has more rounds before they get to the world series.

  • kencobra7

    Having Jeter at #7 is …Why? What records has he gotten other than "Longest years playing and hitting in the #2 slot"?
    I know he has over 3,000 hits but he has had more than 2,648 PA than anyone else. Many bad records also, like the most strike outs, the most Double plays hit into, and very, very few, clutch hits! Take anyone of the top five on that list and give them 12,000 PA and they would have had about 4,000 hits and they would have done it with many times his HR's and clutch hits.
    Bottom line is; Jeter is one of the best SS the Yankees have ever had but, to put him above about 12 of the other players on that list is foolish. He is a very PC and likeable player but he never once was rated the top player on the Yankees in any year he played, not once! His defence was never that good, and the last 8 or so years it has gotten worse. Because his range was limited, he had to make a normal play look fantastick. He was a singles hitter that could play SS……well enough! He will get into the HoF.

  • Eddie Spirito

    I wish that I'd had seen this earlier. Since these are all great ballplayers, it's a given that none of them need to prove anything here. Switching them higher or lower on the list isn't gonna' change anything. Get another team and list their top 50 players, then match them up with the Bronx Bombers on-on-one. Then stand back and watch them piss their pants like I heard the Pirates did before the 1927 World Series.
    If I may be so bold, there is one change that I would make. One of the 50 ballplayers listed has demonstrated that he is worthy of his inclusion by his timely hitting. However, it is far and in between, plus his highest single season Batting Average, technically, was something like .2998 or .2999. It rounded out to .300, but a top 50 Yankee? I don't think so. I won't mention his name, but Thurman Munson was said to him, "I don't like you, Reggie."

  • Balt Yank

    Ricky Henderson was straight up amazing and lots of fun to watch in every aspect, including when he finessed a walk. Dave Winfield was a great fielder, excellent hitter. Dave Wells was fun too, though maybe not a great Yankee in terms of excellence and longevity. AROD should not be on the list, not just because he's a cheat, but also he was a mediocre fielder and never clutch. I would take Scott Brosius over him too. Mattingly had a great 8 years and, for instance compared to a-rod, was a equal hitter (more doubles, less HR, more average); great, better fielder; and great and far better leader.

  • Mr. Maverick

    Mattingly is overrated because he was white? What a f/u/c/k/i/n/g racist. Mattingly was a great player.

  • Mr.Maverick

    Here is where ESPN is way off base, appealing to the black and hispanic crowd. The top ten Greatest Yankees, WITHOUT debate are: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Berra, Ford, Rivera, Jeter, Dickey and Gomez. First of all, 8 out of ten are HOF and eventually Jeter and Rivera will be there. Berra and Ford have more rings than Rivera and Jeter and they get the nod over Rivera and Jeter.
    Now lets move past the top ten. I love Mattingly and Munson, but they do not deserve that high a ranking. You cannot place them above, Red Ruffing, Earle Combs and Bob Meusel, all Hall of Famers and Life time Yankees.
    Rodriguez is not even a top 30 Yankee and the same goes for the much overrated Reggie Jackson, who only played 5 years with the Yanks. Combs and Meusel are in the second 20, following Rizzuto and Ruffing. then you go to Mattingly, Munson and Guidry, then you can go to the Ellie Howards, Mel Stottleymyres, etc. Bums such as Reggie Jackson and Alex Rodriguez are at the bottom of anyone's list.
    And that is just the way it is.

  • Mark

    I love things like this. Sometimes when I can't fall asleep, I think about coming up with a list of the best Yanks by position who I have seen play either live or on television. ( I am 65 and have watched the Yanks since 1956.) Catcher is the hardest position because of Munson, Berra, Howard, and Posada. By the way, why isn't Tino on that list?

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