Yankees Baseball Team History
Frank Farrell and Bill Devery on january 9, 1903 bought the Baltimore franchise of the American League for $18,000 and then move the team to Manhattan.
The New York franchise is approved as a member of the American League in 1903. The team plays in a all-wood park at 168th Street and Broadway. The spots is the highest spot in Manhattan, the clubs named the "Highlanders" and their home field "Hilltop Park.
Pinstripes first appear on Highlanders' uniforms, which creating a look that will become the most famous uniform design in sports in april 11, 1912
The Highlanders officially change their name to the "Yankees" after moving to the Polo Grounds, home of the National League's New York Giants in april 1913.
the Yankees where purchased by Col. Jacob Ruppert and Col. Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston for $1.25 million in january 29, 1915.
Apr. 24, 1917:
The Yankees purchase the contract of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for $125,000 in january 3, 1920
Construction begins on Yankee Stadium in may 5 1922.
Yankee Stadium opens reported crowd of 74,200. Babe Ruth hits the Stadium's first home run in april 18, 1923.
Pee Wee Wanniger is pinch hitted for by Lou Gehrig which begins his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played in june 1, 1925
Babe Ruth breaks his own Major-League record hitting 60 home runs on the season's final day September 30, 1927.
The Yankees add numbers to the uniform in apri 16, 1929 (numbers would become standard for all teams by 1932).
Lou Gehrig becomes the first player to hit four home runs in a single game in june 3, 1932 the only Yankee to hit four home runs in one game.
Babe Ruth hits the 700th home run in july 3 1934. The Yankees purchase Joe DiMaggio for $50,000.
A franchise-record crowd of 81,841 attends a doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox may n30, 1938.
May 2, 1939: Lou Gehrig's playing streak of 2,130 consecutive games ends when he does not make an appearance
"Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day" is held at Yankee Stadium july 4, 1939. The number (4) is the first number to be retired in Major League Baseball and Gehrig makes his famous "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech. Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak begins may 15, 1941. Lou Gehrig dies of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at the age of 37. june 2, 1941. Joe DiMaggio's consecutive-game hitting streak ends at 56 in July 17, 1941. DiMaggio then hits in the next 16 straight games to give him hits in 72 of 73 games.
Jan 25, 1945: Dan Topping, Del Webb and Larry MacPhail purchase the Yankees for $2,800,000 The first night game is played at Yankee Stadium before 49,917 fans May 28, 1946.
"Babe Ruth Day" is celebrated throughout Major League Baseball in April 27, 1947. Babe Ruth's number (3) uniform is retired at Yankee Stadium's 25th Anniversary celebration june 13, 1948. The Babe makes his final Stadium appearance.
Aug 16, 1948: Babe Ruth dies in August 16, 1948 at age 53.
The Yankees announce that Casey Stengel will manager in October 12, 1948. Mickey Mantle makes his Major-League debut in April 17, 1951
Joe DiMaggio retires in December 12, 1951.
Mickey Mantle hits in April 17, 1953 what is recognized as the game's first "tape-measure" home run, a 565-footer.
The Yankees win a record fifth consecutive World Championship October 5, 1953.
Don Larsen pitches the only perfect game in World Series history, a 2-0 win over Brooklyn in Game Five at Yankee Stadium in October 8, 1956.