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The New York Yankees

Important People of the Yankees

Babe Ruth: Babe's real name is George Herman Ruth, Jr. He was born on February 6th, 1895 in Maryland. Babe did not grow up happily. His father and mother owned and worked at a tavern on the Maryland waterfront, and did not spend much time with Babe. Eventually, when Babe was seven years old, his father took him to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory and orphanage. His family rarely visited during the 12 years he spent at the school. He was a very unruly student, who was called "incorrigible" by the administration. He just wasn't adjusting very well to the strict rules the school had set up. Estrangement from his parents led Babe to find a father figure of his own. He found this in a man called Brother Matthias, the head disciplinarian of St Mary's school. Brother Matthias would have a very positive influence over Babe, he helped him hone his baseball swing and inspired him in other aspect of his life also. The guidance and encouragement from Brother Matthias would contribute to Babe's love of children when he grew up. As a Yankee, in 1920, his first season in New York, Babe destroyed his own home run record he set the year before on the Red Sox. He slammed an astounding 54 home runs, nearly double his previous record of 29. The Yankees drew in so many fans due to Babe's playing they could afford to build a new stadium, which opened in 1923. On opening day, Ruth hit a home run, which cemented the building's nickname "The House that Ruth Built". later that season, the Yankees won their first World Series title against the Giants in the new stadium. for more information on Babe Ruth, follow this link:

Mickey Mantle: Mickey Mantle was born in 1931 in Oklahoma. He was named after the Detroit Tigers catcher Mickey Cochrane. From a very early age, Mickey was playing baseball. His father and grandfather taught him to switch-hit when he was still a kid. In high school, Mickey played baseball, basketball and football. He was scouted by the Yankees and signed a contract for $140 a week with a $1500 signing bonus. Known as "The Mick", Mantle took over centerfield after Joe DiMaggio retired in the 1951 season. He adjusted to the Majors and in the 1952 season he batted .311, hit 23 home runs and had 87 RBIs. In his career as a Yankees player, Mickey Mantle won four home run championships, a Tripe Crown (highest batting average, most home runs, and most RBIs in one season in all of the majors), and was appointed MVP three times. For more information on Mickey Mantle, follow this link:

Derek Jeter:  Derek Jeter  was born on June 26th, 1974, in Pequannock, New Jersey. In his senior year at Kalamazoo Central High School, he won several national sports awards. He was named the 1992 High School Player of the Year by the American High School Coaches Association, the 1992 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year, and USA Today's High School Player of the Year. Next year, Jeter was drafted by the New York Yankees, and he has never played for any other Major League Baseball team in his career. Jeter played his first full season in 1996, after the previous Yankees shortstop Tony Fernandez was injured. In his first full season, his batting average was .314 and he hit 10 home runs. As a shortstop, his fielding percentage was .969. He also helped the Yankees to win the World Series that year and was honored with the 1996 Rookie of the Year award. In 2000, Derek Jeter was named MVP of the World Series. He has also received the Gold Glove award in 2004 and 2005. His career batting and fielding averages so far are .316 and 9.75, respectively. For more information on Derek Jeter, follow this link: 

Joe DiMaggio: Giuseppe Paulo (Joe) DiMaggio Jr. was born on November 24th, 1914, and grew up in the San Francisco, California area. He started playing baseball for a minor league team at the age of seventeen. The Yankees bought his contract for $25,000 and five other minor league players. He debuted on May 3rd, 1936, and about 25,000 Italians in New York City cheered him on for the opener. During the 1941 season, DiMaggio started a fifty-six game hitting streak on May 15th, 1941 that lasted until July 17th,1941. This was such an amazing feat that radio programs were interrupted with updates on his streak and the U.S. Congress floor designated a paper boy to run them updates of the streak. the game after the streak was ended, DiMaggio started a second streak ,this one lasting for seventeen games. Joe announced his retirement in 1951, and the Yankees retired his number, number 5. he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955 and was named "Greatest Living Player" in 1969 by a poll of sportswriters. In 1999, he was voted a member of an All-Century team. For more information on Joe DiMaggio, follow this link:

Casey Stengel: Charles "Casey" Stengel was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He played for the Dodgers in 1912, and had a .316 batting average on the season. He was a fairly successful player before becoming a very successful manager. He played in 3 World Series with the Giants, and won the Series in 1922; his on-base percentage was .400, contributing to the win. He was famous for clowning around on the field. Before managing the Yankees, Stengel was manager for Brooklyn, Boston and Milwaukee. While managing the Yankees, He won ten pennants in twelve years. Five of these twelve pennants were won in a row. After his stellar career as a manager for the Yankees, he managed the Mets for three years before retiring. He passed away in 1975 at the age of 85. For more information on Casey Stengel, follow this link: 


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