The New York Yankees
have a long history filled with many high points, milestones, and championships. With 27 world championships, they are the most successful team in Major League Baseball history, and have accomplished this feat with the help of such names as Babe Ruth
, Lou Gehrig
, Joe DiMaggio
, Yogi Berra
, Mickey Mantle
, Reggie Jackson
, and Derek Jeter
(1901–1903) Origins: the Baltimore era
At the end of the season, Bancroft "Ban" Johnson
, president of the Western League
, made moves to assert his league as a new major league in competition with the National League
(NL). This included changing the name to the American League
(AL) and adding teams in Eastern cities. Plans to put a team in New York City were blocked by the NL's New York Giants
, whose connections to Tammany Hall
gave them the political power to do so.
Instead, a team was placed in Baltimore, Maryland
, a city that had recently lost its NL team
. Nicknamed the Orioles, they began play in , and were managed and owned in part by John McGraw
. Johnson rigidly enforced rules about rowdiness on the field of play, causing a feud with McGraw. During the season, McGraw jumped to the NL, getting a job as manager of the Giants. He still, owned part of the Orioles, however, and a week later the owner of the Giants, John T. Brush
, gained a controlling interest in the team. He began raiding their best players until the AL stepped in and took control of the team.
In January 1903
, a "peace...