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New York Yankees Baseball In The 1950s

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By the 1950’s the New York Yankees had already experienced previous decades of glory and high levels of success over the rest of Major League Baseball. However, the 50’s had began a new decade of a higher level of dominance. The Yankees were supported by big name players like Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio and a younger, less-experienced pitching staff. In this storied decade the Bronx Bombers were able to win eight American League Pennants and six World Series. (Yankees Baseball)
As the decade opened up with the year 1950, the Yankees were celebrating an American League Pennant and a World Series victory from the previous year. It was apparent in 1950 that the team ...view middle of the document...

The Yankees won another Pennant and a trip to the World Series. Mantle also had help from veteran pitcher Allie Reynolds, who recorded two no hitters in that series against the Giants. The Giants were a slight problem for the Yankees because they immediately won the first two games of the series, but the Yankees rallied, winning the next 4 and take the title, making it their third World Series in a row. (Baseball History)
No batter for the Yankees in the ‘52 season was able to bat in at least 100 runs, but they still managed to claim the Pennant over Cleveland, now the fourth in a row and third of the decade, finishing with a regular season record of 95-59. The Yankees played the next World Series against the Dodgers, who forced the series to seven games, but the Yankees still came home with the win, claiming their fourth straight World Series victory. (Baseball History)
One of the more important years in Yankee baseball history was the season of ’53. With Whitey Ford returning from the military service, the Yankees were ready to pounce on anyone who tried to stop them from making history. In his first season back Whitey won 18 games, doubling his previous win amount from his rookie season. The Yanks finished the season 99-52, winning their fifth straight Pennant. The World Series was a rematch from the previous year as they were playing the Brooklyn Dodgers again. In this series, second baseman Billy Martin batted an impressive .500 and Mickey Mantle hit a Grand Slam in the fifth game, putting the Yankees up in the series 3-2. The team went on to win the next game and their fifth straight World Series. The Yankees are the first and only team ever to win five consecutive World Championships in Major League Baseball. This series win also became the sixteenth since the founding of the team. (Baseball History)
After 1953, the Yankees hit a little bit of a rut in the road. In 1954, the Yanks won 103 games, which is the most ever won by a team managed by Casey Stengel, and just when it seemed they would win another Pennant and a trip to the World Series, Cleveland posted an American League Record of 111 wins. In 1955, the Yankees looked to have a promising finish to a good year after posting a record good enough to win the Pennant and the star Mickey Mantle, now known as one of the greatest hitters of all time. In the World Series they faced the Dodgers again and after leading the series 3-2, they lost the last two games, throwing away the championship. (Baseball History)
In 1956 the Yankees returned to their earlier form. Led by Mickey Mantle, who won his first and only Triple Crown, the team climbed back on top of Major League Baseball. They won 97 games, securing the American League Pennant and went to play the Dodgers once again in the championship. Brooklyn won the first two games but the Yankees rebounded, winning the next three. In game five, Don Larson—a nobody pitcher who the Yankees acquired the year before—threw the first and only...

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