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Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankee Tickets, Yankees History, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Babe Ruth, Box Office, Broadway, Bronx Bombers: A New American Play, Carmen Berra, Derek Jeter, Joe Dimaggio, Lombardi, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, Play, Theater, Tickets, Yogi Berra on January 20, 2014| Leave a Comment »
That’s right. The New York Yankees have hit the Broadway stage. The show comes from the same creators of Broadway’s “Lombardi.” The story centers around Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen, as they take you through the New York Yankees storied history. Legendary players such as Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio, Gehrig, and Jeter are portrayed on the stage. I’d bet this would be a real treat for any Yankees fan to attend, both young and old.
**If you’re interested in attending a show, visit: BronxBombersPlay.com or call: 212-239-6200 / 800-432-7250. Box Office Information: Hours: Mon: 10 – 6, Tues – Sat: 10 – 8, Circle in the Square Theatre, West 50th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.**
- TV Commercial — My Yogi | BRONX BOMBERS: A New American Play
- Pitching the Yankees to Fans on Broadway
- Pinstripes and Playbills
Posted in Yankees Humor, Yankees Videos, tagged Derek Who?, Henry Kissinger, New York, New York City, New York City Dream, New York Philharmonic, New York Yankees, NYC, Phil Harmonic, Robert De Niro, Rudy Guilani, Woody Allen, Yankee Stadium, Yogi Berra on April 16, 2012| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Baseball Statistics, Yankee Players, Yankees History, Yankees Miscellaneous, tagged All-Star, Backstop, Bill Dickey, Boston, Captain, Catcher, Elston Howard, Hall of Fame, Jorge Posada, Mets, Most Valuable Player, New York Yankees, Rookie of the Year, Thurman Munson, World Series Rings, Yogi Berra on January 30, 2012| 4 Comments »
Jorge Posada’s retirement got me looking at the Yankees all-time catcher’s statistics. One thing that stands out in particular is Posada’s on base percentage, which is second only to Bill Dickey, which is 101 points above his career average. Also, each of these catchers played their entire career with the Yanks except a few at-bats for Berra with the Mets and Howard’s last two seasons were with Boston.
Accolades of Note:
All of them have their number retired with the Yankees.
Yogi Berra: 10 WS rings, 3 time MVP, HOF and did it all while standing 5’7” tall
Jorge Posada: 5 WS rings, 5 time All-Star
Bill Dickey: 7 WS rings, 11 time All-Star
Elston Howard: 1st African American player on NYY, 1963 MVP, 9 time All-Star, 4 WS rings
Thurman Munson: Captain, 2 WS rings, 1973 ROY, 1976 MVP
Posted in Yankee Players, Yankees History, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, tagged Bobby Richardson, Chocolate Drink, Elston Howard, Joe Pepitone, Mickey Mantle, Milk Chocolate, Moose Skowron, New York Yankees, The drink of champions, Tom Tresh, Vintage, Vintage Advertisement, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Yoo-Hoo on December 6, 2011| 1 Comment »
Posted in Yankees Humor, Yankees Videos, tagged Ed Sullivan, Jack Norworth, Mickey Mantle, Moose Skowron, New York Yankees, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra on June 25, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Posted in Tales & Legends, Yankee Players, Yankees Humor, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, Yankees: Off the field, tagged 'Duk, 1985, North Dakota, November 26, Potatoes, Red River Valley Potato Growers Association, Thanksgiving, Yogi Berra on April 9, 2011| Leave a Comment »
In 1985, Yogi Berra woke up on Thanksgiving day to see 23 tons of North Dakota potatoes being unloaded from a truck onto his front lawn. According to ‘Duk, the potatoes were than loaded back onto a truck to New York, where they were distributed to needy people. This could only happen to Mr. Berra.
The delivery continued a joke launched by Berra when he visited the state last year and local officials told him North Dakota was among the nation’s largest growers of potatoes.
Berra, a self-proclaimed potato lover, reportedly said, “You don’t have enough potatoes to fill my front lawn.”
“I don’t know if I ever said that,” Berra said. “What the heck, it’s fun. I know one thing, I’ll get enough potatoes for the rest of the year.”
Posted in Tales & Legends, Yankees History, Yankees Management, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, tagged 1985, 1987, Billy Martin, Bobby Meachem, George M. Steinbrenner III, George: The Poor Little Rich Boy Who Built the Yankee Empire, New York Yankees, Peter Golenbock, Phil Niekro, Rich Bordi, Yogi Berra on April 5, 2011| Leave a Comment »
In 1985, Yogi Berra was brought back to manage the Yankees after an 87-win 1987 campaign. Steinbrenner wasn’t very happy with Berra’s laid back managing style. George wanted him in his players faces, but Berra would do nothing of the sort. After 16 games into the season, the club owned a 6-10 record and that was enough for George to let Yogi go. Billy returned, thinking that George would get off his back.
Billy made a pact with Steinbrenner. The terms of the deal were that George could not enter the clubhouse or deliver speeches to the team, while Billy would have to fine players on a whim. And that’s exactly what Billy did. Peter Golenbock says: “He fined Phil Niekro for giving up a grand slam home run. He fined Rich Bordi for not trimming his mustache, and he fined Bobby Meachem one time for swinging at the first pitch.” He goes onto say: “It got so bad that Niekro described Billy as “The Maddest of the Game’s Madmen.” By mid-season, Steinbrenner would be down his throat once again, causing Billy to continue drinking himself to death. (more…)
Posted in Yankees History, Yankees Memories, Yankees Opinion, tagged Alex Rodriguez, Allie Reynolds, Andy Pettitte, Babe Ruth, Bernie Williams, Bill Dickey, Bob Meusel, Bobby Murcer, Catfish Hunter, Charlie Keller, Dave Winfield, David Cone, Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, Earle Combs, Eddie Lopat, Elston Howard, Gil McDougald, Goose Gossage, Graig Nettles, Hank Bauer, Herb Pennock, Jack Chesbro, Joe Dimaggio, Joe Gordon, Jorge Posada, Lefty Gomez, Lou Gehrig, Mariano Rivera, Mel Stottlemyre, Mickey Mantle, Mike Mussina, Paul O'Neill, Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Roger Maris, Ron Guidry, Roy White, Sparky Lyle, Spud Chandler, Thurman Muson, Tommy Henrich, Tony Lazzeri, Vic Raschi, Waite Hoyt, Whitey Ford, Willie Randolph, Yogi Berra on April 2, 2011| 1 Comment »
ESPN New York released their “50 Greatest Yankees” list the other day. I can’t really argue too much with their list, although I probably would have swapped Thurman Munson (#12) and Bill Dickey (#10). Yes, I know Dickey is in the Hall of Fame and Munson isn’t. But it was Munson’s leadership, as much as anything else that returned the Yankees to their winning ways in the ’70s. And who knows what kind of numbers he would have put up if not for the plane crash?
Anyway, here’s their list. I’ve added in the dates they played for the Yanks, along with their position. An asterisk denotes a playing career interrupted by a military commitment; # denotes a Hall-of-Famer. Current players are in red type. Feel free to let us know how you feel about the list!
50. Mike Mussina (RHP, 2001-2008)
49. Bob Meusel (LF, 1920-1930)
48. Albert “Sparky” Lyle (LHP, 1972-1978)
47. Gil McDougald (IF, 1951-1960)
46. Jim “Catfish” Hunter (RHP, 1974-1978)#
45. David Cone (RHP, 1995-2000)
44. Roy White (LF, 1965-1979)
43. Hank Bauer (RF, 1948-1959)
42. Jack Chesbro (RHP, 1903-1909)#
41. Eddie Lopat (RHP, 1948-1955)
40. Rickey Henderson (1985-1989)#
39. Vic Raschi (RHP, 1946-1953)
38. Joe Gordon (2B, 1938-1946)*#
37. Tommy Henrich (RF, 1937-1950)*
36. Charlie “King Kong” Keller (LF, 1939-1949)*
35. Bobby Murcer (CF, 1969-1974, 1979-1983)
34. Spurgeon “Spud” Chandler (RHP, 1937-1947)
33. Willie Randolph (2B, 1976-1988)
32. Waite Hoyt (RHP, 1921-1929)#
31. Mel Stottlemyre (RHP, 1964-1974)
30. Paul O’Neill (RF, 1993-2001)
29. Graig Nettles (3B, 1973-1983)
28. Dave Winfield (OF, 1981-1990)#
27. Herb Pennock (LHP, 1923-1933)#
26. Allie “Superchief” Reynolds (RHP, 1947-1954)
25. Rich “Goose” Gossage (RHP, 1978-1983, 1989)#
24. Elston Howard (C, 1955-1967)
23. Earle Combs (CF, 1924-1935)#
22. Roger Maris (RF, 1960-1966)
21. Jorge Posada (C, 1995-present)
20. Phil Rizzuto (SS, 1941-1956)*#
19. Bernie Williams (CF, 1991-2006)
18. “Poosh ‘Em Up” Tony Lazzeri (2B, 1926-1937)#
17. Ron “Gator” Guidry (LHP, 1975-1988)
16. Andy Pettitte (LHP, 1995-2003, 2007-2010)
15. Reggie Jackson (RF, 1977-1981)#
14. Vernon “Lefty” Gomez (LHP, 1930-1942)#
13. Alex Rodriguez (3B, 2004-present)
12. Thurman Muson (C, 1969-1979)
11. Don Mattingly (1B, 1982-1995)
10. Bill Dickey (C, 1928-1946)#
9. Charles “Red” Ruffing (RHP, 1930-1942)#
8. Edward “Whitey” Ford (LHP, 1953-1967)*#
7. Derek Jeter (SS, 1995-present)
6. Lawrence “Yogi” Berra (C, 1946-1963)#
5. Mariano Rivera (RHP, 1995-present)
4. Mickey Mantle (CF, 1950-1968)#
3. “Joltin” Joe DiMaggio (CF, 1936-1951)*#
2. Lou “Iron Horse” Gehrig (1B, 1923-1939)#
1. George “Babe” Ruth (RF, 1920-1934)#
Posted in Yankee Players, Yankees Humor, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Spring Training, Yankees Videos, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Alex Rodriguez, Andy Kindler, CBS, David Wells, Mark Teixeira, Michael Kay, New York Yankees, Paul O'Neill, Spring Training, The Late Show with David Letterman, Yankees Toaster, Yogi Berra on March 30, 2011| Leave a Comment »
Andy Kindler took his annual visit to Yankees Spring Training camp in Florida. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and shared his experiences. Here’s a look back at at 2010.
Andy Kindler: (wondering how you work in a baseball glove) “Do you suck it….uh….soak it…” David Wells: “I don’t suck anything, buddy. You might want to suck it.”
Posted in Yankee News, Yankees Humor, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Spring Training, Yankees: Off the field, tagged George M. Steinbrenner Field, New York Yankees, Ron Guidry, Tampa International Airport, The New York Times, Thurman Munson, Yankee Stadium, Yogi Berra on March 20, 2011| 1 Comment »
A couple of weeks ago, The New York Times published a charming article about Ron Guidry’s close relationship with legendary Yankee, Yogi Berra. I thought I would just pass it along if you haven’t seen it.
TAMPA, Fla. — With all the yearly changes made by the Yankees, Yogi Berra’s arrival at their spring training base adds a timeless quality to baseball’s most historic franchise.
Berra, the catching legend and pop culture icon, slips back into the uniform with the famous and familiar No. 8. He checks into the same hotel in the vicinity of George M. Steinbrenner Field and requests the same room. He plans his days methodically — wake up at 6 a.m., breakfast at 6:30, depart for the complex by 7 — and steps outside to be greeted by the same driver he has had for the past dozen years.
The driver has a rather famous name, and nickname, as well.
“It’s like I’m the valet,” said Ron Guidry, the former star pitcher known around the Yankees as Gator for his Louisiana roots. “Actually, I am the valet.”
When Berra arrived on Tuesday afternoon from New Jersey for his three- to four-week stay, Guidry, as always, was waiting for him at Tampa International Airport. Since Berra forgave George Steinbrenner in 1999 for firing him as the manager in 1985 through a subordinate and ended a 14-year boycott of the team, Guidry has been his faithful friend and loyal shepherd.
Guidry had a custom-made cap to certify his proud standing. The inscription reads, “Driving Mr. Yogi.”
“He’s a good guy,” Berra, the Yankees’ 85-year-old honorary patriarch, said during an interview at his museum in Little Falls, N.J. “We hang out together in spring training.”
By “hanging out,” Berra means being in uniform with the Yankees by day and having dinner with Guidry by night. That is, until Guidry, who loves to cook and rents a two-bedroom apartment across the road from where Berra stays, demands a break from their spring training rotation of the five restaurants that meet Berra’s approval.
“See, I really love the old man, but because of what we share — which is something very special — I can treat him more as a friend and I can say, ‘Get your butt in my truck or you’re staying,’ ” Guidry said. “He likes that kind of camaraderie, wants to be treated like everybody else, but because of who he is, that’s not how everybody around here treats him.
“So I’ll say, ‘Yogi, tonight we’re going to Fleming’s, then to Lee Roy Selmon’s tomorrow, and then the night after that you stay in your damn room, have a ham sandwich or whatever, because the world doesn’t revolve around you and I’m taking a night off.’ ”
Berra played 18 years for the Yankees, from 1946 to 1963, and was part of 10 World Series champions. Guidry pitched from the mid-1970s through 1988, played on two World Series winners and was a Cy Young Award winner in 1978, when he was 25-3 with a 1.74 earned run average.
While Guidry was blossoming into one of baseball’s premier left-handers, Berra was a coach on Manager Billy Martin’s staff (and later became Guidry’s manager). They dressed at adjacent stalls in the clubhouse of the old Yankee Stadium. Eager to learn, Guidry would pepper Berra with questions about what he, as a former catcher, thought of hitters.
Berra would say, “You got a great catcher right over there,” nodding in the direction of Thurman Munson. But Guidry persisted, and their bond was formed.
During Berra’s self-imposed absence, Guidry saw him only on occasion, at card-signing shows and at Berra’s charity golf tournament near his home in Montclair, N.J. When Berra returned, the retired players he knew best were no longer part of the spring training instructional staff.
“There was really nobody else that he had to sit and talk with, to be around after the day at the ballpark,” Guidry said. “So I just told him, ‘I’ll pick you up, we’ll go out to supper,’ and that’s how it started. It wasn’t like I planned it. It just developed.”