Have you ever wondered who the top 25 New York Yankees are of all time? I have. I'm a lifelong Yankees fan and self proclaimed Yankees know-it-all. So I figure that qualifies me to take on this little task of ranking the top 25 New York Yankees of all time.
Let's begin the debate. Here are the top 25 New York Yankees of all time:
25: Bob Meusel, OF (1920-29): Agree with this or not, Meusel deserves to be on this list. He was part of Murders' Row and he played in six World Series. Now tell me he doesn't belong here.
24: Hank Bauer, RF (1948-59): Hank Bauer is on here because he was a three time All-Star and he won seven world championships with the Yankees. His base clearing triple in the '51 Fall Classic pretty much nailed that series down for the Yanks.
23: Willie Randolph, 2B (1976-88): I like Randolph in this spot. He makes the cut because he was a five time All-Star with the Yanks and the Silver Slugger winner in 1980. And oh yeah, he was part of the '77 championship team.
22: Paul O'Neill, RF (1993-2001): I was fairly young when O'Neill joined the Yankees but he is still one of my favorite Yankees of all time. He won four rings with the Yanks and was a four time All-Star as well.
21: Goose Gossage, P (1978-83, 1989): Not a career Yankee but nonetheless he makes the cut. In just seven years with the Yanks Gossage recorded 151 saves to go along with a 2.14 ERA. I'd say that's more than respectable.
20: Dave Winfield, RF (1981-88, 1990): Winfield never won a World Series with the Yankees. So what. I still consider him a Yankee great. He was an eight time All-Star and he won the Rawlings Gold Glove five times during his tenure with New York.
19: Bernie Williams, CF (1991-2006): If four Gold Gloves, four rings and a '96 ALCS MVP award isn't enough to qualify as one of the greatest Yankees of all time I don't know what does.
18: Jorge Posada, C (1995-2011): I really miss watching this guy play. I was a huge Posada fan. He was one of the best catchers to ever play the game. The five All-Star selections and the five rings speak for themselves.
17: Phil Rizzuto, SS (1941-56): Phil Rizzuto (a.k.a. The Scooter) was selected to five All-Star teams and won an amazing seven rings. And oh yeah, he's also in the Hall of Fame.
16: Earle Combs, OF (1924-35): Maybe not the guy you'd expect to be here but it's my list. Combs is on here because of his .325 lifetime average and his three rings. Plus he was part of Murders' Row.
15: Tony Lazzeri, 2B (1926-37): Another member of Murders' Row, Lazzeri won five titles with the Yankees and is considered to be the best second baseman in Yankees history. Want to debate this one?
14: Reggie Jackson, RF (1977-81): Okay, he was only in pinstripes for five years. But whatever. All I know is that his two rings with the Yankees and his three home runs in Game 6 of the '77 World Series will never be forgotten.
13: Ron Guidry, P (1975-88): Anyone that wins 20-plus games three times and has two rings and a Cy Young has to be on this list. What I wouldn't give to have a guy like this on the Yankees right now.
12: Lefty Gomez, P (1930-42): Lefty won six rings, posted a 6-0 record in seven World Series starts and he won 20-plus games four times. Now tell me he isn't one of the best ever to put on the pinstripes.
11: Roger Maris, OF (1960-66): All I'm going to say here is 61. Maris eclipsed the Babe with 61 home runs in '61. And he didn't use steroids to do it. He also won two rings with the Yankees and was MVP in 1960.
10: Thurman Munson, C (1969-79): The Yankees first captain since Lou Gehrig Munson totally deserves to be on this list. He won two rings with the Yanks and was a seven time All-Star. Unfortunately his career and life were cut short in a plane crash in 1979.
9: Don Mattingly, 1B (1982-95): No titles, no problem. Mattingly has to be on this list. He was the best player in baseball in the mid 80's. He won a total of nine Gold Gloves and was named MVP in 1985.
8: Mariano Rivera, P (1995-Present): Will he pitch again? I sure hope so. It's not the same without Mo. Anyway, Rivera is the best closer to ever play the game. Yankee or otherwise. He has five rings and was named the 1999 World Series MVP.
7: Derek Jeter, SS (1995-Present): Duh. Of course Jeter belongs in the top ten. He has five rings, five Gold Gloves, and was the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits.
6: Mickey Mantle, OF (1951-68): Not top five, but close. I actually have a baseball autographed by Mickey. Are you jealous? Mantle ended his career with three MVP's, a 1956 Triple Crown and seven rings.
5: Whitey Ford, P (1950-67): Easily the best pitcher in team history. Ford won six rings, won the '61 Cy Young and was the 1961 World Series MVP. Need I say more?
4: Joe DiMaggio, CF (1936-51): Joey D. was a three time MVP, knocked in 1,537 runs and has nine, count them nine rings. And he also dated Marilyn Monroe. Lucky guy, huh?
3: Yogi Berra, C (1946-65): Berra has to be the most quoted athlete of all time. He also was a three time MVP and won an amazing 10 rings. Under 'winning' in the dictionary, it says, "see Yogi Berra." So yeah, he deserves to hold down the three spot.
2: Babe Ruth, OF (1920-34): I know what you're thinking. Babe Ruth number two and not number one? I know. I really had a hard time with the one and the two spot. Look, I know what Ruth meant to the Yankees but nonetheless I think he's the second greatest Yankee of all time.
1: Lou Gehrig, 1B (1923-39): I may be the only one who would put Gehrig in front of Ruth but as I said before, it's my list and my pick for the greatest Yankee of all time is, "The Iron Horse." How could Gehrig not be the greatest Yankee? Agree or disagree but just like me you are entitled to your opinion.
Dylan Davis is an avid New York Yankees fan who has been actively rooting for the Yankees since the tender age of birth. His first words were, "Let's go Yankees."