Giving Birth to Americas National PastimeThe New York Yankees are practically credited with creating Americas love for baseball, introducing the country to players like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig. Since 1903 the team has continued to dominate the Major Leagues, making an unprecedented 39 World Series appearances in their over 100 years of league participation. But its interesting to note that it wasnt always easy for the Yankees, especially during the 1960s and early 1970s. When the franchise was sold in 1964 to the CBS radio/television corporation things quickly turned rotten the team wouldnt make another World Series appearance until 1976, finishing last in the league during the 1965-1966 season. Something was terrible wrong in The Bronx, causing fans to lose interest and faith in their hometown team. Thankfully the Yankees luck began to change in the early 1970s when George Steinbrenner purchased the ball club for a reported $10 million. The Yankees new found glory was short lived though, and by the early 1980s the team had returned to the bottom of the American league barrel.
The New Age of Yankee SupremacyWhen the Yankees entered the 1990s it was as a last place team. Bad luck and even worse judgment had sent the team on a downward spiral of missed playoff births and disappointing performance. The teams management finally decided to change their game plan investing extensive amounts of energy into the teams farm system, developing their own special breed of baseball talent. Success came in 1994 when the Yankees posted the best record in the American League before the season was cut short by the players strike. By 1996 the Yankees were back in their prime, taking home the World Series Pennant for the first time in over 15 years! The team would later three-peat winning three consecutive titles between the years of 1998 and 2000, securing the teams status as a super sports dynasty.
Yankee Players in the Hall of FameThe New York Yankees are the only team in the Major League to currently represent every position in the Baseball Hall of Fame, which is located in Cooperstown, New York. Prominent Yankees players found at Cooperstown include Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, and of course, the one and only Babe Ruth. Retired numbers currently hanging from the rafters at Yankee Stadium include #4 Lou Gehrig, #49 Ron Guidry and #37 Casey Stengel, along with a handful of other. Current players on their way to becoming immortalized in the Hall of Fame could include pitcher Randy Johnson, short stop Derek Jeter and infielder Alex Rodriguez.
If you would like to learn more about the New York Yankee baseball dynasty, please feel free to visit the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame during your upcoming AAMCAR New York Discount Car Rental vacation. The Yankees are also proud to provide fans with an official online resource, so be sure to surf on over to www.yankees.com for more information. Nothing beats an afternoon at the ballpark, so be sure to secure your New York discount car rental and New York Yankee game day tickets today!