A Brief History of the New York Yankees

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A dedicated psychologist, Dr. Herbert “Herb” Tannenbaum is the owner and director of Harbor Hills Day Camp, founder and executive director of the Center for Effective Living, and a regular presenter at Imago Relationship Therapy couples workshops. In his leisure time, Dr. Herb Tannenbaum enjoys following sports, and one of his favorite teams is the New York Yankees.

First established in 1901 as the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees has a long and interesting history. The original team was intended for New York City, but since the New York Giants had already been established, the Orioles were placed in Baltimore until 1903. It was in this year that they were moved and became the New York Highlanders.

The team’s name was changed to the Yankees in 1913 when they were granted use of the Polo Grounds stadium. Babe Ruth was traded to the Yankees in 1920, and the team finally began to make a name for itself. It moved to Yankee Stadium in 1923 and added such top players as Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel in the upcoming years, commonly referred to as the Golden Age.

The Golden Age of the Yankees lasted until 1962 when the team’s success saw a major drop. It finished last place in the American League East in 1966, and the newly introduced major league amateur draft made it difficult for the team to sign the players it wanted. It began to see a turnaround when George Steinbrenner bought the team in 1973. Over the next five years, the Yankees began reclaiming its name and eventually became back-to-back World Series champions.

However, after 1978, the team experienced a series of ups and downs. The New York Yankees finally regained its Golden Age success in 1996 after Joe Torre was hired as manager. The team brought on more young talent and has since maintained a strong dynasty.


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