Do you Know the History of the New York Yankees?

By: Michael Moraitis
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Do you Know the History of the New York Yankees?
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About This Quiz

Love them or hate them, the New York Yankees are the greatest team in MLB history and arguably the greatest in American sports. There is also a ton of history connected to the Bronx Bombers. Find out how much you know with this Yankees quiz!
How many World Series titles do the Yankees have?
2
27
85
12
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Wrong Answer

The 27 World Series titles for the Yankees are the most by any MLB team. The next closest team, the St. Louis Cardinals, has 11.

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How many games did Joe DiMaggio's record hit streak last in 1941?
4
201
56
He didn't have a record hit streak.
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Wrong Answer

DiMaggio's hit streak is a record that may never be broken. During the streak, DiMaggio hit .408 with 15 homers and 55 RBI.

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Who is the Yankees' all-time leader in home runs?
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Roger Maris
Lou Gehrig
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Wrong Answer

Ruth clobbered 659 home runs as a member of the Yankees. He once held both the MLB all-time and single-season home run records.

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In which division do the New York Yankees play?
NL East
AL East
AL Central
AL West
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Wrong Answer

The American League East was created before the start of the 1969 season. The Yankees have won more division titles than any of their AL East rivals, with 18.

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Who holds the record for most home runs in a single season by a Yankee?
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Joe DiMaggio
Roger Maris
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Wrong Answer

Maris bombed 61 homers in 1961, topping Ruth's 60. His record stood as MLB's best for 37 years until it was broken by Mark McGwire in 1998.

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Who hit the first home run at the old Yankee Stadium?
Lou Gehrig
Wally Pipp
Babe Ruth
none of the above
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Wrong Answer

On Opening Day in 1923, Ruth went yard for the first homer hit at the old Yankee Stadium. He went on to smash 41 that season.

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Which of these Yankees compiled 3,000 hits in their career?
Babe Ruth
Lou Gehrig
Derek Jeter
all of the above
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Wrong Answer

Jeter notched his 3,000th career hit with a home run in 2011. The Captain's 3,465 hits puts him sixth all time in MLB history.

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This Yankees pitcher is responsible for throwing the only perfect game in World Series history.
Red Ruffing
Ron Guidry
Jimmy Key
Don Larsen
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Wrong Answer

Larsen's perfect game was thrown in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was the sixth perfect game in MLB history at that point.

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Which of these Yankees pitchers did not throw a no hitter?
Doc Gooden
Andy Pettitte
Dave Righetti
Jim Abbott
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Wrong Answer

Righetti's no hitter occurred on owner George Steinbrenner's 53rd birthday. What a way to please The Boss!

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What was the original name of the New York Yankees?
New York Giants
Brooklyn Dodgers
New York Highlanders
New York Mets
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Wrong Answer

The Highlanders were founded in 1903. It wasn't until 1913 when the team changed its name to the Yankees.

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Who holds the Yankees record for most home runs in a single season by a rookie?
Joe DiMaggio
Aaron Judge
Mickey Mantle
Derek Jeter
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Wrong Answer

Judge smashed his record-setting 30th home run before the 2017 All Star break. DiMaggio was the previous record-holder.

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This Yankees catcher was tragically killed in a plane crash in 1979.
Billy Martin
Lou Gehrig
Cory Lidle
Thurman Munson
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Wrong Answer

Munson died at the age of 32 when he crashed his Cessna Citation at Akron-Canton Airport. Munson was the team's captain at the time of the accident.

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Which of these Yankees pitchers won 300 games in pinstripes?
Whitey Ford
Red Ruffing
Andy Pettitte
none of the above
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Wrong Answer

Ford has the Yankees record for most career wins with 236. Ruffing and Pettitte are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

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Who is known as Mr. October?
Reggie Jackson
Derek Jeter
Paul O'Neill
Yogi Berra
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Jackson became Mr. October after hitting three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit a homer on the first pitch he saw in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings.

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How many wins did the 1998 World Series champion Yankees have in the regular season?
114
125
120
118
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The '98 Yankees dominated their way to 114 regular-season wins, which at the time was the most in MLB history. In total, the Bombers won 125 games when including the playoffs.

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From one to 10, which number has not been retired by the Yankees?
four
seven
one
none of the above
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Wrong Answer

The Yankees have retired all numbers from one to 10. With so many numbers retired, younger players coming up are forced to choose higher numbers.

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Which of these Yankees does not have their number retired by the team?
Bernie Williams
Jorge Posada
Paul O'Neill
all of the above
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Wrong Answer

Despite being an important part of the Yankees dynasty of the '90s, O'Neill does not have his number retired by the team.

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Who is known as El Duque?
Ron Guidry
Orlando Hernandez
Mariano Rivera
Dellin Betances
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Wrong Answer

El Duque joined the Yankees in 1998 and was a key part of the team's three-peat. He won a fourth World Series ring with the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

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This Yankee was the last player to wear No. 42 after it was retired by Major League Baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson in 1997?
Bernie Williams
Mariano Rivera
Jorge Posada
Robinson Cano
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Wrong Answer

The Yankees honored Robinson with a plaque in monument park. Rivera is the only Yankee to still be active and have his number retired.

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Which Yankees manager has the most wins in team history?
Joe Torre
Miller Huggins
Casey Stengel
Joe McCarthy
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Wrong Answer

McCarthy's 1,460 wins are the most all time. From 1931 to 1946, McCarthy won eight pennants and seven World Series titles.

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Which of these Yankees is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
Don Larsen
Jorge Posada
Don Mattingly
all of the above
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Wrong Answer

Mattingly has received some support over the years but has never been able to get in. The 2015 ballot was the last time Mattingly would appear.

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Who is known as Mr. November?
Reggie Jackson
Bernie Williams
Tino Martinez
Derek Jeter
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Wrong Answer

Jeter hit a walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2001 World Series after the clock had struck midnight and the calendar had turned to November.

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Which Yankees first baseman had his job taken by Lou Gehrig after he allegedly took himself out of the lineup because of a headache?
Wally Pipp
Bill Skowron
Joe Collins
Johnny Mize
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There are differing accounts of what really happened, but Pipp lost his job forever to Gehrig. Nicknamed the Iron Horse, Gehrig played in 2,130 consecutive games, a record that stood for 56 years.

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What nickname was Ron Guidry known by?
Louisiana Lightning
Gator
Both Louisiana Lightning and Gator
none of the above
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Guidry was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, which inspired his nicknames. Gator played his entire career with the Yankees and won a pair of titles in 1977 and 1978.

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Which Yankees player won the most rings in pinstripes during their career?
Derek Jeter
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Yogi Berra
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Wrong Answer

Berra won an astounding 10 World Series rings in 18 seasons with the Yanks, the most by any player in league history. He won three more as a coach and made a total of 21 World Series appearances.

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Which of these players did not play for both the Yankees and Mets?
Doc Gooden
Darryl Strawberry
Carlos Beltran
Tino Martinez
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Wrong Answer

Martinez won four World Series rings with the Yankees from 1996 to 2001. He returned to the team during his last season in the majors in 2005.

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Which of these players was not a Yankee captain?
Hal Chase
Paul O'Neill
Lou Gehrig
Everett Scott
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Wrong Answer

Despite being an absolute fan-favorite, O'Neill was never a captain of the team. The Warrior sure had the mentality to be one, though.

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Which of these players was a Yankees captain?
Joe DiMaggio
Babe Ruth
Mickey Mantle
Yogi Berra
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Ruth was named captain of the team before the start of the 1922 season. After serving a six-week suspension, Ruth lost his captaincy in just five days after throwing dirt on an umpire and confronting a heckler in the stands.

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When did the newest version of Yankee Stadium officially open?
1927
1996
2009
2008
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The new Yankee Stadium officially opened in April 2009. The Yankees went on to win the World Series that season, also.

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Who is known as The Sandman?
John Wetteland
Aroldis Chapman
David Robertson
Mariano Rivera
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Wrong Answer

Rivera got the nickname because the song "Enter Sandman" played whenever he took the mound. His 652 career saves are the most in MLB history.

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Who was the first official captain of the Yankees?
Don Mattingly
Roger Peckinpaugh
Babe Ruth
Hal Chase
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Wrong Answer

While there is some debate about there being earlier Yankees captains, Chase is the first official captain in team history.

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This Yankee has the most hits in MLB playoff history.
Derek Jeter
Bernie Williams
Mickey Mantle
Yogi Berra
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Wrong Answer

Jeter compiled 200 career hits in the postseason. His 158 playoff games played are also the most all time.

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This Yankees player, coach, manager, general manager and front office executive is known as Stick.
Bob Watson
Brian Cashman
Joe Girardi
Gene Michael
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Wrong Answer

Michael was a key architect of the Yankees dynasty from 1996 to 2000.

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Who hit the first home run at the new Yankee Stadium?
Jorge Posada
Derek Jeter
Alex Rodriguez
Mark Teixeira
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Wrong Answer

Before the Yankees went to bat that day, the bat Babe Ruth used to hit the first home run at the old Yankee Stadium was placed at home plate. Posada must have felt the power.

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Which Yankees legend has the most home runs in World Series history?
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Yogi Berra
Reggie Jackson
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Wrong Answer

Mantle's 18 World Series homers is the most in league history. Ruth and Berra are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

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