Mike Sommer

If I asked you about a Yankee who once played for Cleveland, who wore #9 for the Yankees, who was brought to the Yankees because he was a dead pull hitter whose swing was perfect for Yankee Stadium, who didn’t hit much for average but instead hit for power, and […]

Classic Yankees: Graig Nettles

Known as a “hired gun” he had a 20-3 record one season, won a Cy Young, helped Canada win a World Series title, and helped another franchise to its first World Series title in 18 years. He also pitched a perfect game and now works as a broadcaster. David Cone […]

Classic Yankees: David Cone

George Steinbrenner gave him the nickname “The Warrior.” His last game at Yankee Stadium, Game 5 of the 2001 WS, was marked by fans chanting his name, reducing Paul O’Neill to tears. His arrival, along with that of Jimmy Key and Wade Boggs in 1993, helped end a streak of […]

Classic Yankees: Paul O’Neill

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He had nicknames that seemed to come out of Robin Hood—“The Squire” and “The Knight of Kennett Square.” Herb Pennock was one of the first, if not the first, of the great lefty mound artists in Yankee history. Pennock preceded Lefty Gomez, Ed Lopat, Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry, Andy Pettitte […]

Classic Yankees: Herb Pennock

His nickname was “Schoolboy.” He came up to the majors at the age of 18 with the New York Giants, and in 1921, at the age of 21, he helped the Yankees to their first pennant. Two years later, he helped them to their first World Series Championship and in […]

Classic Yankees: Waite Hoyt

Is it possible for someone who is a Hall of Famer and who has his number retired by the team he labored for to be overlooked and underrated? It may be, if that individual was overshadowed by more flamboyant teammates such as Babe Ruth. Or if that individual had teammates […]

Classic Yankees: Bill Dickey

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In baseball seasons’ past, and especially before the advent of the wild card, teams would win 100 games and not make the postseason. See the 1942 Dodgers (104-50), 1954 Yankees (103-51), 1961 Tigers (101-61) or 1993 Giants (103-59). It’s tough to take. Even when the Yanks made the postseason in […]

Classic Yankees: Orlando Hernandez

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Soon, we should see the #6 retired. Joe Torre is right up there with Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy (neither of whom wore a number) and Casey Stengel (#37 retired).  I’m not one who thinks Billy Martin’s #1 should be retired (compare his numbers to Ralph Houk’s for example, and no, […]

Classic Yankees: Joe Torre

At the recent Old-Timer’s Day, Yankees fans got a true treat in the return of “Sweet” Lou Piniella to the Stadium wearing Yankees’ pinstripes. Piniella has been around the majors in his career as a player and manager. He has worn many hats. But the colorful, passionate, outspoken, and hotheaded […]

Classic Yankees: Lou Piniella