No matter how you spin it, you have to accept that the New York Yankees are one of the greatest sports franchises in history. From popular media to independent features, the Yankees can be considered a household name.
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Being such a big name, the Yankees have had some extremely defining moments: some even changing Major League baseball fundamentals. Three of these are listed below.
Babe Ruth’s sale: Before the chocolate, Babe Ruth was considered one of the greatest players of all time. In 1919, Babe Ruth joined the Yankees for US $100,000, an amount that was twice the number ever paid for any ballplayer at the time. In his first season alone, Ruth made the Yankees reach unfathomable heights, eventually becoming known as the “curse of the Bambino” for the series of the Red Sox failures.
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Unbeatable record in sports history: Part of the reason for the Yankees’ fame is their astounding track record. Many baseball experts pin the start of this to May 15, 1941 where the Yankees won 55 games straight, giving Joe DiMaggio an all-time consecutive game hitting record. The Yankees are also the only team in the League’s history to hit three grand slams in one game. This occurred on August 25, 2011, with Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, and Curtis Grandersron cementing Yankee excellence forever.
Lou Gehrig’s speech: This can never be forgotten. On June 19, 1939, Lou Gehrig announced that he was diagnosed with a fatal disease and was forced into early retirement. He was given one of the most heart-warming sendoffs on July 4, 1939. This speech still brings tears to my eyes.
The New York Yankees has done much to promote American baseball and I am proud to have been a loyal fan through these long years.