This book carefully examines the careers of the players who made the greatest impact on the most successful franchise in the history of professional sports. This ranking was determined based on factors such as: the extent to which each player added to the Yankees legacy, the degree to which he impacted the fortunes of his team, and the level of dominance he attained while wearing the Yankee uniform. Features of The 50 Greatest Players in New York Yankees History include each player's notable achievements, recaps of the player's most memorable performances, summaries of each player's best season, and quotes from opposing players and former teammates.
Robert W. Cohen is the author of four sports books: A Team for the Ages: Baseball's All-Time All-Star Team (2004), The Lean Years of the Yankees: 1965-1975 (2004), Baseball's Hall of Fame - Or Hall of Shame? (2009), and MVP (2010). Cohen currently writes for the website TheBaseballPage.com.
Introduction: The Yankee Pedigree Factors Used to Determine Rankings The Rankings: 1.Babe Ruth 2.Lou Gehrig 3.Joe DiMaggio 4.Mickey Mantle 5.Yogi Berra 6.Derek Jeter 7.Mariano Rivera 8.Bill Dickey 9.Whitey Ford 10.Don Mattingly 11.Bernie Williams 12.Alex Rodriguez 13.Red Ruffing 14.Lefty Gomez 15.Earle Combs 16.Dave Winfield 17.Joe Gordon 18.Tony Lazzeri 19.Ron Guidry 20.Graig Nettles 21.Paul O'Neill 22.Roger Maris 23.Jack Chesbro 24.Thurman Munson 25.Reggie Jackson 26.Herb Pennock 27.Waite Hoyt 28.Phil Rizzuto 29.Mel Stottlemyre 30.Bob Meusel 31.Elston Howard 32.Jorge Posada 33.Andy Pettitte 34.Bob Shawkey 35.Tommy Henrich 36.Rich Gossage 37.Charlie Keller 38.Bobby Murcer 39.Roy White 40.Rickey Henderson 41.Sparky Lyle 42.Allie Reynolds 43.Vic Raschi 44.Robinson Cano 45.Tino Martinez 46.Willie Randolph 47.Bill Skowron 48.Hideki Matsui 49.Mike Mussina 50.Dave Righetti Summary and Honorable Mentions (The Next 50) Glossary: Abbreviations and Statistical Terms Bibliography Index