A Brief History of the New York Yankees

One of the most iconic sports teams in the world, the New York Yankees have over a century of history behind them. How much do you really know about them? Whether you are a fan or simply an interested party, the following article presents you with a brief history of the Yankees from their beginnings to the present day.

Humble Beginnings

In 1901, we can trace back the first year of the New York Yankees. However, they didn’t have the same name at the time. In fact, they weren’t even located in the same city! They started off as the Baltimore Orioles, before moving to the Big Apple and being renamed New York Highlanders. It wasn’t until 1913 that they got the name that we know and love today.

Babe Ruth and Yankee Stadium

Perhaps the most famous name of all-time in the world of baseball is Babe Ruth, and it was back in the 1920s that the Yankees obtained this iconic player from the Boston Red Sox. This was said to cause something of a curse on the other team, and they didn’t win a World Series for the 86 years following the sale of their great player! Yankee Stadium was opened in 1923, and the crowd witnessed Ruth hitting his first home run there in the opening match. The 1927 line-up was known as ‘murder row’, and was arguably the greatest team in baseball history. 1931 was the year that they won 12 World Series games in a row.

DiMaggio and More World Titles

Joe DiMaggio replayed Ruth as the star player in the 1930s, and he helped the team win four World Titles in a row during the end of this decade. Many of the stars were called away to fight for the US during the Second World War, but this didn’t hamper the progress of the Yankees too much. In fact, during the 1950s, they won five World Series in a row, which is a record that still stands to this day.

Major Decline

When the team was bought by CBS in the 1960s, they went into decline quickly afterwards. One of the most famous named associated with the club is George Steinbrenner, who bought the team in 1973. However, the results were initially mixed and they had a long absence from the playoffs.


The Yankees experience something of a renaissance during the 1990s and 2000s. The 1998 team is widely regarded as one of the best in baseball history. They won three World Series in a row after this. However, the Yankees last world series came in 2009, and they have been eliminated in four playoffs out of five leading up to 2020.

As you can see, the storied history of the New York Yankees is largely one that is associated with greatness. Like all sports teams, they have been through some ups and downs along the way. However, their name still remains synonymous with greatness.

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