27 things about those 27 New York Yankees World Series titles

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    27 things about those 27 New York Yankees World Series titles


    1. The Yankees have more championships than the three teams with the next-highest title totals (Cardinals, 10; A's, 9; Red Sox, 7) combined - and they've won nine more titles than any other team has made World Series appearances (Dodgers, 18).

    2. Joe McCarthy (1932, 1936-39, 1941, 1943) and Casey Stengel (1949-53, 1956, 1958) are tied for the most titles as manager.

    3. Since making their first World Series appearance in 1921, the Yankees have won at least two titles in every decade except the 1980s, when they didn't win any.

    4. Five-time champion Mariano Rivera has pitched in the most World Series games of all time, having passed Whitey Ford (22) when he saved Game 4 of this year's series.

    5. Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson are the only players to hit three home runs in a World Series game. Both did it in clinching games - Ruth in Game 4 in 1928 in St. Louis, Jackson in Game 6 in 1977 against the Dodgers. (Ruth also had three homers in Game 4 in 1926, a series the Yankees lost in seven games).

    6. In Game 1 of the 1949 Series, Tommy Henrich homered off Don Newcombe in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 win over Brooklyn. Henrich hit one home run in each of his four World Series appearances (1938, 1941, 1947, 1949), all Yankee wins.

    7. Mickey Mantle's 18 World Series home runs are the most of all time, but he didn't go deep in the Yankees' wins in 1951, 1961 or 1962.

    8. Yogi Berra won a record 10 World Series as a Yankee player, and appeared in 75 Fall Classic games, the most all-time.

    9. Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 Series gave the Yankees a 3-2 series lead, but they still needed Johnny Kucks to pitch a three-hit shutout in Game 7 to finish off the Dodgers.

    10. Nine years before Larsen's gem, Bill Bevens was one out away from what would have been the only other no-hitter in World Series history, but Cookie Lavagetto broke up the bid, and won Game 4 for the Dodgers, with a pinch-hit double. Bevens got his revenge in Game 7, pitching 2.2 innings of scoreless relief in the Yankees' 5-2 win.

    11. In 2000, Derek Jeter became the only player to be named World Series MVP and All-Star Game MVP in the same year.

    12. Orlando Hernandez, who won three World Series rings with Yanks, has the highest strikeout rate (11.30 per nine innings) of any pitcher in World Series history (minimum 20 innings).

    13. Alex Rodriguez joined Babe Ruth of the 1932 Yankees, the year of his famous called shot, and Eddie Mathews of the 1968 Tigers as the only players to win the World Series after joining the 500 home run club.

    14. The Yankees have the three longest World Series winning streaks: 14 games from 1996-2000, 12 games from 1927-32 and 10 games from 1937-41.

    15. The Yankees used only three starters this postseason - CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte. The last team to reach the World Series using only three postseason starters was the 1992 Braves (John Smoltz, Ton Glavine, Steve Avery). The last team to win the World Series using three postseason starters was the 1991 Twins (Jack Morris, Kevin Tapani, Scott Erickson).

    16. Whitey Ford pitched 146 innings in his World Series career. The only other pitcher in triple digits is Christy Mathewson.

    17. The 1998 Yankees won 114 games in the regular season, the most in team history, while the 2000 Bombers won 87 - the highest and lowest win totals for championship Yankee teams.

    18. The Yankees are the first team to win World Series in the first and last years of a decade. The Baltimore Orioles, winners in 1970, had a 3-1 lead in 1979, but wound up losing to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    19. In 1923, the Yankees won the World Series in their first year in the Bronx. This year's Yankees are the second team since then to open a new stadium and win a World Series in the same year; the 2006 Cardinals pulled off that trick after opening the new Busch Stadium that season.

    20. The only Yankee catchers to appear in more World Series games than Jorge Posada are Yogi Berra (63; he also played 12 games as an outfielder) and Bill ****ey (38).

    21. The Yankees' nine-year wait since their last championship is the third-longest in team history, following the gap between titles in 1978 and 1996, and the one between 1962 and 1977.

    22. 1927 was the year of Murderers' Row, but in 1928, the Yankees bludgeoned the Cardinals in a four-game sweep, outscoring St. Louis, 27-10, with Babe Ruth (10-for-16, 3 HR, 4 RBI) and Lou Gehrig (6-for-11, 4 HR, 9 RBI) leading the way.

    23. Joe Girardi joins Ralph Houk and Billy Martin as the only men to win World Series for the Yankees as a player and a manager.

    24. The 1999 Yankees went 11-1 in the playoffs, the best performance of any team in the three-tiered postseason era that began in 1995.

    25. Mark Teixeira is the first American League RBI leader to win a World Series since Reggie Jackson of the 1973 A's, and the first Yankee to lead the AL in RBI and win a World Series since Roger Maris in 1961.

    26. Alphabetically, World Series-winning Yankees have run the gamut from Alfredo Aceves (RHP, 2009) to George Zeber (PH, 1977).

    27. Johnny Damon, who won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2004, and Eric Hinske, who was with Boston in 2007, are the first players to win championships with both the Red Sox and Yankees since Babe Ruth was with the 1915, 1916 and 1918 Red Sox, then won championships with the 1923, 1927, 1928 and 1932 Yankees.
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