On April 16, 1929, the Yankees became the first team to permanently put numbers on the back of their uniforms. The initial numbers were determined by the batting order; this is why Babe Ruth was No. 3 three and Lou Gehrig was No. 4. The numbers didn't change if the batting order did. When Ruth got hurt in June and Gehrig temporarily moved up in the batting order he was still no.
At the end of the 2009 season, Derek Jeter had a lifetime batting average of.317. The only players in New York Yankees' history who did better were Babe Ruth (.349), Lou Gehrig (.340), Earle Combs (.325) and Joe DiMaggio (.325). In ... Read Post
Cal Ripken or Brooks Robinson? Craig Biggio or Jeff Bagwell? Sandy Koufax or Jackie Robinson? Lou Gehrig or Babe Ruth or Joe DiMaggio? Who is the all-time MVP in the history of each franchise? Some picks are obvious, others are not.... Read Post