The New York Yankees proved to be one of Baseball Great Dynasties during the 1950s and early 1960s. Manager Casey Stengel was the single most visible Yankee during the start of the 1950s. Most of the experts picked the Boston Red Sox to win the 1950 pennant but the injury-riddled Yankees, with a record of 98-56 - two games better than Detroit won their second straight pennant.
Aging Yankee super star Joe DiMaggio enjoyed his final great year with 32 HR's & 122 RBI's. Defensive wizard, Phil Rizzuto playing shortstop won the AL MVP Award by batting .324 with 200 hits, 36 doubles and scored 125 runs. In the 1950 World Series, the Yankee pitchers held the Philadelphia Phillies to only six runs in a four game sweep to win the World Title.
Vic Rashi pitched a 2-hit shutout in Game 1 as the Yankees won 1-0. Allie Reynolds and Rookie 'Whitey' Ford each pitched complete game wins and Eddie Lopat started and pitched 8 strong innings with reliever Tom Ferrick getting the win.
Stengel won championships by platooning everyone except superstars Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra. The New York Yankees won five straight World Crowns, 1949-1953, a still standing record not only for World Championships but also for pennants. In fact from 1949 thru 1964, the Yankees won 14 pennants and 9 World Championships - winning titles was the expected norm during this period.
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Pitcher - Starter & Reliever Right-handed, Cleveland Indians 1942-1946; New York Yankees 1947-1954
'Superchief' Allie Reynolds was a hard-throwing fast ball Yankee pitcher. He won 16 games in 1950 despite having two big knots on his elbow, about the size of a couple of tangerines - bone chips.
In 1951, Reynolds became the first American League pitcher to throw two no-hitters in one season including a pennant clinching, at least a tie, for the AL pennant on Sept. 28 Vs the Boston Red Sox.
Allie Reynolds came to the Yankees in a Oct. 1946 trade that sent all-star 2nd baseman, Joe Gordon to the Cleveland Indians.
Reynolds won the Hickock Belt Award in 1951 as the top 'Professional Athletic of the Year'.
In 1952, he won 20 games, with 6 saves and led the AL in both ERA 2.06 and shutouts with 6 and ended second in the MVP voting.
Primarily a starter, Stengel often called on him for relief work. 'Superchief' Allie Reynolds who was one/quarter American Indian came on in relief in six World Series games and recorded either a win or save in each outings including the final WS games in 1950, 1952 and 1953.
His World Series record of 7-2, an ERA of 2.79 ranks with the best of pitchers in the last 60 years. Allie Reynolds posted an outstanding lifetime pitching record of 182-107, a .630 pct, ERA 3.30 in 2492 innings.
He led the league in strikeouts in 1943 & 1952 and was selected for the AL All-Star Game from 1949 thru 1954.
Outfielder Right-handed, U.S. Marines 1943-45; New York Yankees 1948-1959, Kansas City A's 1960-61; Coach & Manager Kansas City A's, Baltimore Orioles 1963-1968 Born: East St. Louis, IL 7/31/1922
Hank Bauer played on nine pennant winners for the New York Yankees from 1949 thru 1959.
Hank Bauer was a tough, gritty ex-marine; he contracted malaria when the beaches of Okinawa had to be taken during World War II. Bauer had said, 'We went in with 64 and 6 of us came out. The only thing they ever told us was to keep your head and ass down.'
He began playing regularly for the Yankees in 1949 and played along-side Yankee stars Joe DiMaggio and then Mickey Mantle. Always playing heads-up-ball Bauer didn't give up runs or make mental mistakes.
Casey Stengel platooned him and in his best season, 1950, Hank Bauer hit .320 in 113 games. His career high was 26 HR's in 1956 and 96 runs scored. Hank Bauer set a World Series record by hitting in 17 straight games from 1956-58. He played in three AL All-Star games and won numerous World Series Games with his clutch hitting and sliding outfield catches.
Hank Bauer was traded in 1960 to the Kansas City A's in a deal that brought Roger Maris to the Yankees. Hank Bauer career stats: played in 1544 games, 5145 at bats, .277 BA, 229 D and 164 HR's. After he retired from playing. Bauer managed the Baltimore Orioles for five years and in 1966 they won the World Championship by the L. A. Dodgers.
Starting Pitcher Right-handed, New York Yankees 1946-1954
Vic Raschi ranks as one of the finest Yankees pitchers during the early 1950's. From 1949 thru 1953, his record was 92-40 averaging over 18 wins per season. As part of the 'Big Three' pitching staff that included Allie Reynolds and Ed Lopat, Raschi won 21 games each year - for three straight years.
In 1949, with his blazing fastball he beat Boston on the final day of the season to break a first place tie with the Red Sox and give the Yankees their first of many pennants to come. Raschi won the final game of the World Series vs. the L.A. Dodgers.
In 1950, he was 21-8 and pitched a two-hit shutout in the WS opener vs. the Phillies.
Raschi was a hard thrower and always threw everything he had into every pitch. After going 21-10 and leading the AL in strikeouts Vic Raschi again won the final WS game in 1951 against the N.Y. Giants. Raschi pitched in four All-Star Games 1948-50 & 1952.
In the 1952 World Series he won two more games, striking out 18 Brooklyn Dodgers, while allowing only 3 runs in 17 innings. He started 2 games and came-on in relief in another.
In Feb. of 1954, he was sold to the St. Louis Cardinals after contract battles. He retired after one season due to painful knee injuries. Vic Raschi lifetime record was an outstanding 132-66, pct of .667, ERA 3.72.
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Gil McDougald - Rookie of the Year 1951
3B, SS, 2B Right-handed, New York Yankees 1951-1960; 6' 1"- 180 lbs - Yankees Baseball History
Gil McDougald was Rookie of the Year in 1951 beating out his highly touted teammate Mickey Mantle. Batting with an open stance, feet far apart, Gil hit .306, on base pct .396, runs scored 72.
In the 1951 World Series he became the first rookie to ever hit a grand-slam home run. A member of eight Yankee pennant winners and six WS Championships, hard-working McDougald played 3B moved to 2B when Billy Martin was drafted into the military, and later played SS when Phil Rizzuto retired. Highly regarded McDougald was one of the best infielders during the 1950's and was noted for making great diving plays and outstanding clutch hitting. In the 1953, Gil batted .285, scored 82 R with 83 RBI's and in the World Series he hit 2 HR's with 4 RBI's. McDougald best season was 1956 when he hit .311and lined seven hits in the 1956 WS as the Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in 7 Games. In the 1958 WS vs. the Milwaukee Braves, McDougald batted .321, 5 R and 4 RBI's. He stills ranks among the best in WS play with 53 games, at bats 190, R 23, hits 45, HR's 7, 24 RBI's and walks 20. Gil McDougald was a outstanding all-around New York Yankees all thru the 1950's. - Career batting .276, an on-base pct of .358 in 1336 games, 1291 hits 187 D, 51 T and 112 HR's.
Rookie 'Whitey' Ford New York Yankees 1950
Starting Pitcher Left-handed, New York Yankees Rookie Season 1950
Brought up in mid-season of 1950, rookie Ed 'Whitey' Ford won his first 9 decisions and finished at 9-1. Starting Game 4 in the World Series, Ford allowed 7 hits and two runs in 8 2/3 innings, with reliever Allie Reynolds getting the final out. 'Whitey' Ford spent the next two seasons in the U.S. Military.
Yankee scout, Paul Krichell spotted Ford playing first base at a Yankee tryout in 1946 and signed Ford to a Yankee contract and switched him from 1st base to pitcher. Krichell had said, "I never saw a kid with a curveball like his. It just came natural to him. I didn't even have to show him how to stand on the rubber. And I knew he had the guts to be a pitcher."
1948-1952 - Johnny Mize
First Baseman & OF Bats Left, Throws Right, New York Yankees 1950-1953 US Military during World War II
Big, dependable Johnny Mize was purchased from the Giants in 1949 and the home run slugger smacked a base-loaded HR in the 1950 World Series. Mize was plagued by a shoulder injury throughout most of 1950 but still managed to hit 25 HR's while batting .277. By 1952 Johnny Mize was used mainly as a backup at first base to Joe Collins but Mize was still helping the Yankees win games with his pinch-hitting. Johnny Mize played for three teams, Cardinals, Giants & Yankees in his great career and slugged 359 career HR's, with 1337 RBI's, along with a .312 lifetime batting mark.
First Baseman & OF, Left-handed, New York Yankees 1948-1957
A southpaw first baseman, Joe Collins swung a mean bat and played in 7 World Series with the New York Yankees. Collins hit four WS home runs, the first HR won Game Two in 1951, the second was the big blow in the 1953 opener, and Collins blasted two in Game One of the 1955 fall classic.
Casey Stengel platooned the good fielding Collins in the outfield and at 1st base with veteran Johnny Mize. Collins played in seven World Series with the Yankees and was considered one of the better clutch-hitters during the early 1950's. Joe Collins played his whole career with the Yankees and in 10 seasons he hit .256, along with 86 home runs and 329 RBI's. Baseball Historian
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2B/SS - Jerry Coleman
2B & SS Right-handed, New York Yankees 1949-1957 US Military Won Flying Cross during Korean Conflict
Jerry Coleman fielding performance in his rookie season, 1949 led all AL 2nd baseman. In 1950, Coleman was selected to his only All-Star game. An injury diminished his skills but he played in six World Series with the Yankees and was the MVP of the 1950 WS. Jerry Coleman batted .275 in WS play.
He rejoined the U.S. Military during the Korean Conflict and won two honors for the 'Distinguished Flying Cross'.
He retired from baseball in 1957 after playing in 723 games ( all with the Yankees ) and later became a N.Y. Yankees' and then a San Diego Padres' broadcaster, doing play-by-play accounts of games. Coleman was a life-time .263 batter.
1950 Yanks Sweep Phils World Series
New York Yankees VS the Philadelphia Phillies 1950 World Series
Yankee fans rejoiced over their 13th World Baseball Title. The famed New York Yankees took four straight from the Philadelphia Phillies' 'Whiz Kids'. Although the Yankees ' swept the WS it was the closest in recent memory. Vic Rashi's 1-0 victory in Game 1 set the stage for the 1950 World Series.
Allie Reynolds pitched 10 strong innings in Game 2 and legend Joe DiMaggio lined a game winning homer in the top of the 10th inning for a 2-1 victory. Jerry Coleman, with a 9th inning single paced the Yankees to a 3-2 win in Game 3.
Whitey Ford and Allie Reynolds helped by Yogi Berra's six inning homer won the final game 5-2. Gene Woodling led all Yankee players going 6 for 14, a .429 BA and Joe DiMaggio and Phil Rizzuto each drove in 3 runs. This was the New York Yankees second straight Championship under manager Casey Stengel's guidance.
Star Catcher - Yogi Berra
Catcher Right-handed, New York Yankees 1946-1963
Yogi Berra was the heart of the great Yankee teams from 1946-1963. The star catcher was a master at handling the Yankees great pitching staffs and ranks in the top in assists, chances, fielding pct and double plays. Yogi Berra was one of the greatest clutch hitters of all-time, winning numerous games throughout his great 'Hall of Fame' career.
Berra had five seasons of driving in over 100 runs and set AL records for catchers with his two over 30 HR's in 1952 & 1956. Yogi won three Most Valuable Player Awards between 1949-1955. Yogi Berra played in 75 World Series games in 14 WS - both still unbroken baseball records - and played his entire career with the Yankees - 1946-1963.
Outfielder Bats left, Throws Right, Cleveland 1943, 1946, 1956-57, New York Yankees 1949-1954, Pittsburgh 1947, NY Yankees 1948-1954, Baltimore 1955, 1958-60, Washington 1961-2, Military in World War II
A lifetime .284 hitter, Gene Woodling played an important role in the Yankees record five consecutive World Championships. Woodling was an outstanding defensive left-fielder, ranked as one of the all-time best. Part of Casey Stengel's platooning Woodling averaged around 400 at bats per year.
In five World Series Woodling batted .318, with 3 homers in 26 games. He was traded in Oct., 1954 to the Baltimores in a record 17 player trade. Gene Woodling played for various teams in a fine career that spanned 17 seasons. baseballhistorian.com archives
Gene Woodling proudly served in the United States Military in World War II
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Rookie Mickey Mantle
Rookie Centerfielder, 1951, Switch-hitter Throws Right-handed, New York Yankees, 5 ft 11 inches, 202 lbs
In 1951 a promising rookie, Mickey Mantle, made his major league debut. The highly acclaimed 19 year old played in only 96 games, hit 13 home runs with 65 RBI's. Mantle started the season in April and was sent down to the minors during the season.
When Yankee scout Tom Greenwade signed Mantle he said, 'I now know how scout Krichell must of felt the first time he saw Lou Gehrig'. 'Mickey possessed tremendous power from both sides of the plate, had blinding speed and a great arm'.
In the 1951 World Series, Mickey Mantle tore ligaments in his right knee when his spikes caught on a sprinkler in right-centerfield. Mantle was carried off the field and had major surgery right-after. Mantle suffered knee problems thru his great career because of this injury. Every kid was tossing out their Mantle rookie baseball cards because it seemed like he wasn't going to be able to come back after surgery. Hence they became a collector's item. baseballhistorian.com
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1951 Yankees vs Giants World Series
Allie Reynolds, Gil McDougald and Phil Rizzuto Star
The Yankees and N.Y. Giants renewed their famous rivalry. The Giants won the first game; the Yankees won the second behind pitcher, Eddie Lopat 3-1. The Giants took the next one and the Yankees behind pitcher Allie Reynolds won game 4.
The Yankees romped in game 5; - 13-1 as Gil McDougald hit a grand-slam homer and Phil Rizzuto hit a two-run blast. It was all over as the Yankees won game 6 by the score of 4-3. Hank Bauer lined a bases-loaded triple and made a game-ending tumbling catch. Vic Rashi was the winning pitcher in the final game. This 1951 WS was the third straight World Championship for the New York Yankees. Phil Rizzuto was the MVP of the WS.
Yankees 1950s - Billy Martin
2B, 3B, SS Right-handed, New York Yankees 1950-1957, U.S. Military 1954-1955
In 1952, Billy Martin in his first full season as a Yankee, was platooned at 2B &3B and batted .267 in 109 games. Playing hard-nosed baseball, Martin became the Yankees regular second baseman in late 1952. The scrappy Martin resounded in 1953 by hitting 24 D, 15 Hr's and batted .257.
In the 1953 WS vs. the Dodgers, he led the Yankees to their 5th straight championship. Billy Martin led all players in the world series with his .500 batting average. Martin was drafted and spent 1954-55 in the Military before returning in 1956. Baseballhistorian.com archives
1952 Yankees vs Dodgers World Series
World Series 1952, New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers
The Yankees-Dodgers faced off at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, with the Dodgers winning the first game as Dodger' pitcher Joe Black limited the Bronx Bombers to 6-hits in a 4-2 win. The Yankees roared back in game 2 behind Vic Rashi 3-hitter, winning 7-1. Billy Martin was the batting hero with double and 3-run HR. The Dodgers won the 3rd game. Yanks' Allie Reynolds fanned 10, and pitched a 4-hit shutout in the 4th game (2-0).
The 'Bums' of Brooklyn captured the 5th game. Vic Rashi, with a save from Reynolds help the Yankees win game 6, (3-2). Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle powered solo homers and Duke Snider hit two bases empty HR's in a losing cause.
Mickey Mantle and Gene Woodling hit late inning homers in the final game as the Yankees won their 4th straight World Title. Allie Reynolds with three innings of excellent relief got the save. In the series, Johnny Mize led all players by hitting .400 and three HR's. Mickey Mantle batted .345 with two home runs.
Yankees Irv Noren
OF & 1B Left-handed New York Yankees 1953-1956
Irv Noren, acquired from the Washington Senators, played more than 4 seasons with the New York Yankees 1953-56. An excellent, sure-handed fielder with a strong arm, Stengel platooned Noren in the outfield and later at first base. In four seasons, Irv Noren played on 3 pennant winners. 1953 &1954 he was the Yankees regular left-fielder with 1954 being his most productive when he played in 125 games and batted .319 with 21 doubles and 12 HR's. Noren was traded to Kansas City in 1957 and he retired in 1960. baseballhistorian.com
Bill Moose Skowron
1st Baseman Right-handed, New York Yankees 1954-1962, Born: Chicago IL, Graduate of Weber High School now Gordon Tech HS
Moose Skowron batted over .300 in his first four seasons with the New York Yankees, 1954 thru 1957. He hit more than 20 HR's three straight seasons 1960-62 and drove in 80 or more runs in five diff. years. Skowron anchored 1st base with his fine, dependable fielding and with his late inning clutch-hitting helped the Yankees win a total of seven pennants and four World Crowns.
In the 1958 World Series vs. the Milwaukee Braves, Skowron drove in the winning run in Game 6 and his big bat produced a three-run home run to give the Yankees a 6-2 victory in Game 7, an another World Crown.
Skowron was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the winter of 1962 and he helped them win the pennant. In the World Series vs the Yankees, Moose Skowron went 5 for 13 and blasted a home run as the Dodgers sweep the Yankees.
He finished his outstanding career playing in his hometown - for the Chicago White Sox. Bill Moose Skowron career: .282 BA in 1658 games, collected 1566 hits, 243 D, 53 T, 211 HR's, with 888 RBI's.
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Doctor Bobby Brown
3B, 2B, SS, OF Bats Left - Throws Right, New York Yankees 1946-1954
Dr. Bobby Brown was a .300 left-handed batter and was used in manager Casey Stengel's platooning system mostly at 2B. He attended UCLA, Stanford and Tulane Medical Schools and played while studying medicine during his career with the New York Yankees. Bobby Brown played in 4 World Series, 17 games and batted .439 with 9 RBI's.
When he first joined the Yankees in 1947 he batted an even .300 in 150 at bats and the following year again batted .300 in 363 at bats. His batting slipped in the 1950's but Bobby Brown was noted for his clutch- hitting performances.
After his baseball days ended, Dr. Bobby Brown became a cardiologist and a surgeon. He returned to baseball in 1984 as President of the American League. Brown's lifetime batting average .279 in 598 games.
Starting Pitcher Left-handed, New York Yankees 1948-1953
Eddie Lopat was traded to the New York Yankees in February of 1948 by the Chicago White Sox. Lopat frustrated hitters with his pitching arsenal of slow breaking curve balls and averaged 16 wins per/yr from 1949-1953, including winning 21 games in 1951 and in the World Series, Lopat won two complete games by beating the Giants 3-1 and 13-1.
In 1953, Eddie Lopat led the AL in ERA - 2.42 as he went 16-4. He helped the Yankees in World Series' play by pitching in 5 WS, 52 innings, and won 4 games while losing only one. His WS ERA was a good 2.60. Eddie Lopat pitched in the majors with the White Sox 1944-47, Yankees 1948-53 and Orioles 1954-55. His career stats include a 166-121 record, 3.21 ERA in 2439 innings.
Infielder - Andy Carey
2B & 3B Right-handed, New York Yankees 1952-1959
Andy Carey batted .302 during his first full season with the New York Yankees in 1954. Manager Casey Stengel platooned Andy Carey at 2B & 3B and Carey responded by becoming a fine fielder and hitter for the Yankees from 1954-59. Carey batted only .175 in 16 World Series games but saved numerous runs with his fielding. Andy Carey's career stats: .260 batting average in 938 games.
Catcher Charlie Silvera
Catcher Right-handed, New York Yankees 1948-1957
Charlie Silvera spent most of his whole nine year career as a backup catcher to Yogi Berra and Elston Howard. Although Silvera played only 227 games spanning 1948-1957, he was an excellent bullpen catcher, noted for his handling of the Yankees' pitching staffs. Charlie Silvera career stats: .282 batting average - Baseball Historian
1953 Yankees vs Brooklyn World Series
1953 World Series, New York Yankees vs the Brooklyn Dodgers
The New York Yankees went 99-52 in 1953 and coasted to their fifth straight pennant. The Cleveland Indians ended 2nd for the third year in-a-row, 8 1/2 games behind the Yankees. The Yankees faced the Brooklyn Dodgers who won a club record 105 games.
The Bronx Bombers showed their power winning the opener and in Game 2, Billy Martin tied the game in the 7th inning with a homer, and won as Mickey Mantle hit a game winning 2-run homer in the 8th. The Dodgers won game three on Roy Campanella's HR and evened the series as Duke Snider drove in 4 runs with two doubles and a homer in Game 4.
But in Game 5, the New York Yankees exploded for 4 more home runs including a grand-slam by Mickey Mantle.
The Yankees took the final game on Billy Martin's game winning single in the last of the ninth, it was Billy 12th hit, a new record for a six game series. Martin batted .500 for the series. The series victory for manager Casey Stengel's New York Yankees was their 5th consecutive World Championship. baseballhistorian.com
Left-hander Tommy Byrne
Pitcher Left-handed , New York Yankees 1945-1951 & 1954-1957
Tommy Byrne enjoyed two stints with the New York Yankees and three times won at least 15 games. In 1949 Byrne's 15-7 record helped the Yankees win the pennant as did his 15-9 mark in 1950. Tommy Byrne hurled in 4 different WS, going 1-1 in 21 innings, 2.53 ERA.
He was traded to the St. Louis Browns in 1952 and then traded back to the Bronx Bombers in 1954. Tommy Byrne's return helped the Yankees capture the World Championship in 1955 when he was 16-5, 3.15 ERA and World Titles in 1956 and 1957. Tommy Byrne career: 85-69, ERA 4.11 in 1,362 innings. A fine hitting pitcher, Byrne whacked 14 career homers with 98 RBI's, a .238 batting average. He was used as a pinch-hitter 80 times.
Mickey Mantle's Homer - April 17, 1953
Towering Drive by Yank Slugger Features 7-3 Defeat of Senators
Washington, April 17, 1953. Newspaper Clipping, Special to "The New York Times", By Louis Effrat.- Actual Wording - "Unless and until contrary evidence is presented, recognition for the longest ball ever hit by anyone except Babe Ruth in the history of major league baseball belongs to Mickey Mantle of the Yankees. This amazing 21 year old athletic today walloped one over the 55 foot high left-field wall at Griffith Stadium. That ball, scuffed in two spots, finally stopped in the backyard of a house, about 565 feet away from