Best All Time Professional Baseball Franchise
This article really should not be controversial. By the numbers, there's just no doubt that the New York Yankees are the best all time professional baseball franchise. The Yankees are undeniably the most popular and the most successful team in the Major Leagues, making their franchise one of (if not the) most lucrative in sports history.
The Yankees hold the historical records for playoff appearances, spectator attendance, championships and winning percentage. The have the most World Series Championships (27; including 2009) and American League (AL) Pennants (40).
Baseball superstars who have donned the pinstripes include players everyone has heard of like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Reggie Jackson, Wade Boggs, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez, among many other star players. More Yankees merchandise is sold than for any other pro baseball team. And, the intense Yankee fan following is bigger than any other franchise in American baseball. Anywhere the Yankees play, their fans flock to the stadium in droves.
New York Yankees' Parade of Champions - Broadway/Canyon of Heroes, NYC.
Thanks to flickr.com for the picture. Source: asterix611
NY Yankees impact on American culture can be seen in the many movies that have been based on, or influenced by, Yankees . Movies like "Mantle: the Definitive Story of Mickey Mantle"; "Sportscentury: Babe Ruth"; "Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?" and "Billy Martin: The Man…the Myth…the Manager." The Yankees also have been mentioned in many popular culture movies such as "Anger Management" starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson.
The Yankees franchise had also starred many Hall of famers like Phil Rizzuto, Red Ruffing, Joe Gordon, Lefty Gomez, Bucky Harris, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig among a total of 43 Yankees inductees (some were inducted under the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Highlanders before the Yankees were the Yankees). The Yankees have 15 retired numbers, the most in the Major Leagues, and all the retired numbers are players that will be forever remembered for their incredible talent and abilities.
New York Yankees v/s Baltimore Orioles. Thanks to flickr.com for the picture.
Source: Keith Allison
The Yankees are undeniably the top team in the American baseball history. They are the most successful franchise -- with a legacy and history that is truly unique. No baseball team can match the "Bronx Bombers'" amazing history of championships and legendary players and coaches.
If anyone can make a case for why we shouldn't pick the Yankees as the best all time professional baseball franchise, please use the form below to let us know. Since I'm a life-long Orioles fan, I'd love to read any case that can be made for another team.
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