New York Yankees’ Top 10 Career Home Run Hitters

No organization has produced greater home run hitters than the New York Yankees.

Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.
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Here are the top 10 career home run leaders in Yankees history:

1. Babe Ruth (659): The "Sultan of Swat" revolutionized the game when he hit 29 home runs for Boston in 1919. When people think home runs, Babe Ruth is the first name that comes to mind.

2. Mickey Mantle (536): "The Mick" was a blend of muscle and speed whose legend grew with each tape measure home run. He still holds the record for home runs (18) in World Series play.

3. Lou Gehrig (493): Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games is the most talked about aspect of his career, but the "Iron Horse" had tremendous power. Gehrig averaged 35 home runs a season over a 14-year span.

4. Joe Dimaggio (361): The "Yankee Clipper" had the misfortune of playing in Yankee Stadium, with its cavernous power alley on the left side. It's no shock that 213 of Dimaggio's home runs came on the road.

5. Yogi Berra (358): He didn't look a home run hitter, but Berra took full advantage of Yankee Stadium's short porch in right field and led all catchers in home runs when he retired.

6. Bernie Williams (287): #51 was not a classic home run hitter, but Bernie still averaged 26 home runs from 1996-2001 and hit 22 more in postseason play.

7. Alex Rodriguez (284): Acquired from the Texas prior to the 2004 season, A-Rod has hit 45 percent of his career home runs in pinstripes. He slugged 30 or more home runs for 13 straight seasons, and before injuries took a toll, he looked like a shoo-in to break Barry Bonds' career HR record.

8. Jorge Posada (275): Continued a tradition of fine catching for the Bronx Bombers in a 17-year career. Recently retired, Posada finished with 275 home runs to finish in the top 10 among all catchers.

9. Graig Nettles (250): Nettles' play was one of the keys to the Yankees return to prominence in the late 1970s. He hit 250 of his 390 career home runs while playing for the Bronx Bombers.

10. Derek Jeter (240): The Yankees' current captain is by no means a home run hitter. A total of 240 dingers over a 17-year career is a testament to longevity. But Jeter has hit huge home runs in World Series play and picked up his 3,000th hit last season with a home run.

1. Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and Yankees.com.

Drew Sarver has been a Yankees fan for over 40 years and has blogged about them on his site My Pinstripes since 2005. You can follow him on twitter at @Mypinstripes.

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Updated Thursday, Mar 8, 2012